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Win 7 gamer's early impression
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Ernest
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November 8, 2009 - 7:09 am
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Ok so I bought myself a 2 TB drive just to move all my gaming stuff to it in anticipation of installing W7 as a dual boot.  First, I realized that I only had about 1/3 of a TB's worth of stuff on my older 1 TB drive.  But what the heck I moved everything and it only took about 3 hours.  Then I remembered very fondly the days of DOS 6.22 when I multi-booted depending on what game I wanted to play.  Sounds horrible now but multi-boots with DOS 6.22 were far faster than even a single XP boot. 

Anyhow once I installed W7 and got a firewall up and running, I looked it over.  It looked nice and probably with just a bit of tweaking I probably can get it to look almost exactly like my preferences for XP.  So it would be a shinier, glossier version of XP with whatever extra bells and whistles W7 provides.

Then, after considering what a pain it would be to find/install all the 1/3 TB's worth of games that I barely play anyhow, not to mention all the utils to which I've gotten accustomed in XP, I rebooted to XP and haven't looked back.

Essentially, I probably won't be converting to W7 until that one killer game comes along–whether by Bioware or Blizzard or whoever makes it.  There's just no compelling reason to switch.  Sure, the early press has been nice, but I don't see the point to switching to something that will make me jump through hoops to play all the games I haven't finished but in which I've invested so much hope, imagination, and ravenous desire.

MSFT should've made sure gamers had a reason to switch.  Otherwise, it's cheaper and far less trouble just to stick with what works.  That's my 2 cents.

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I'm with you, Ernest. I have the Win 7 box on my shelf, but am not installing it unless I get a good reason—a new game that requires Win 7. My XP is working just fine for now.

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Me too. Youse guys described my situation. Win7 box on shelf & staying there for now. Why invite hassles (not to mention reinstallations & save game files) when everything works on XP? 

To further pound in the coffin's nail (is that a mixed metaphor or what!), after 18 mos. with a Vista notebook, I know nothing beyond launching firefox & games. So in my case, the learning curve for Win7 will be not only frustrating, but very painful when OS features that worked before....don't.

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