Windows 7 Professional Install and Testing
I understand that Windows 7 Ultimate is not going to be generally available and that Windows 7 Professional is going to be the "top of the range" for consumers, so I figured I'd stick with it.
Installation was standard with 8 minutes to the first restart and then 4 minutes to the next restart. All in all installation took 15 minutes to get to the desktop after inserting User name and selecting Home network. I didn't put the product key in because this installation will be the first of many, so I have 30 days to check out this edition.
I was pleasantly surprised that all drivers appeared to be installed during setup, but on checking update history I saw that my motherboards ACPI System Utility had the drivers auto downloaded and installed. Not bad.
The boxed nVidia drivers suck and I got this error message while downloading updated drivers from directly from nVidia:
Computer Management is playing up but I hope that it will come right after a restart. I get this error when going to right click Computer>Manage:
Here's a screenie of my Performance rating before chipset and graphics drivers are installed:
This is the default Desktop before any real customization other than moving the taskbar to the top where I like it:
I installed this to a multi-boot system (specs in my signature) and pre-formatted the separate hard drive it's installed on from Windows XP with all drives connected.