I tried to download the 2.4 gigabyte file, without success. Luckily a Microsoft Twitter buddy sent me the beta on DVD (thanks again, @Jas) and so I now have the 32-bit beta version installed on my Dell Dimension XPS 420 desktop computer as a dual-boot option alongside Windows Vista.
I will be getting to know Windows 7 beta during the coming weeks and will talk about my impressions of it over on Next, my tech blog. But for a starter, I recorded a sequence of videos when I installed the software on Saturday.
Part 1 â€“ the sequence of what happened from the moment the computer booted the installer on the DVD up to the first reboot â€“ is on YouTube.
Here is Part 2: just under 18 minutes of my thoughts and impressions on what I saw and experienced as a first run after the app was installed and went into its setup-completion routines.
(For a look at a range of apps running on Windows 7 beta â€“ on a Macbook Air, incidentally â€“ take a look at Chris Dalbyâ€
The one app I have installed is a trial of the Norton 360 3.0 beta internet security product designed for Windows 7 that is one of the security products you see in the list of providers within Windows 7.
I have installed a few utilities and and run them with no issues, which is great. These all work in Windows 7 beta:
- Adobe AIR 1.5
- Total Commander (my all-time favourite Windows utility)
- Google Chrome (set as default browser)
- SnagIt 9 (running a 30-day trial as I already own SnagIt 9)
- Windows Live Writer
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