Windows 7 Beta Test Drive (build 7000)

Windows 7 is the newest operating system due out from Microsoft. Microsoft stated in 2007 they were planning Windows 7 development for a three-year time frame starting after the release of its predecessor, Windows Vista. Microsoft has stated that the final release date would be determined by product quality.

We decided to take Windows 7 for a test drive. There was a lot of fuss when Windows Vista was first released. First there were reports on how much slower it was than XP, then we had all the bugs that went with it. Finally Microsoft released Service Pack 1 and things seem to be a lot smoother for the troubled operating system. It is reported now that Windows Vista is finally being adopted by companies around the world. We wondered if Windows 7 will be any different.

We fired up our test box, a Quad Core AMD processor 9550, 4GB memory and 500GB Hard Drive.

First things first, lets install this puppy.

Install

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Error installing .Net v3.5 SP1

Many users have reported that they are having problems installing .net 3.5 SP1 or .net 3.0. There are many issues that can cause this problem. After much testing we have found the best way to fix this problem is to run the .net cleanup tool and install .net 3.5 SP1 once it has finished. We recommend removing all .Net versions on your system unless you specifically need one.

[Update: This can also be caused by IIS being installed. If you do not require IIS, uninstall it then try installing the .Net 3.5 SP1 framework again]

Instructions
1. Run .Net Cleanup Tool
2. Remove all versions of the .Net framework from your computer
3. Restart your computer
4. Install .Net Framework 3.5 SP1

.Net Cleanup Tool [500kb]
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Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 Boot Strap Install [2MB]
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Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 Full Install [250MB]
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Applies To
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows Server 2000
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2008