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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Windows 7 Observations

I have been running Windows 7 on my 64bit notebook for around 6 months.  I also have some experience with a 64bit desktop for last 3 months.  Late last year I attended the 2010 Winter TechFest of the North Carolina CPAs.  Included was a session entitled "All Aboard for Windows 7" by  Tommy Stephens of K2 Enterprises.  Following are notions from all three sources:

  • 64bit machine is really snappy when configured with maximum RAM
  • Get the maximum version if running in a business or otherwise heavy duty environment.  Enterprise differs from Ultimate only as to volume licensing.  Upgrading from Pro should be priced at around $79.
  • Bitlocker is included in Ultimate.
  • Windows 7 will run in XP mode if you have a critical, cranky XP app.
    • Adobe 7 and earlier run in XP only.  However you should upgrade to Adobe 10 whether on XP or Windows 7.
    • Quickbooks 2006 and earlier require XP.
  • Explore effective use of Libraries.  Files actually residing in multiple locations 'appear' to be in a single or multiple folders.  Observe the built-in Libraries for documents, music, pictures, and videos.
  • In general, do not try to upgrade older physical computers.  Buy any new machine with version you need of Windows 7 pre-installed.
  • Windows 7, Vista, and XP can co-exist on networks without conflicts.

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