Initial impressions

posted Feb 18, 2010, 2:08 PM by r0m30 1
I really wanted Win 7 to be a good experience so I went the whole route and bought a SSD to install windows on for max performance.  This cascaded into a series of other upgrades (it always seems to work that way) but none of that is specific to or caused by Win7. 

It's not that much of a change from Vista.  I like the slide show background, I wish it would scale pictures larger than the screen to fit instead of truncating them but O'well. 

Offering a bare metal restore of a system image is a great enhancement.  Unfortunately it won't let me create the system image in a TrueCrypt container on my external USB drive.  Yep, that's what I want a complete vhd with all my personal information on an unencrypted disk.  I'll be using that when Bill Gates and the top 100 MS execs post their  SSN, and bank/investment account numbers on  I'm hoping that I can find a way around this using the AIK.  There are also two windows recovery environments, 32 bit and 64 bit, and they are incompatible, really???

UAC seemed to be better but then I installed Retrospect and it wouldn't run in the background because UAC wanted permission for it to "modify" the computer,  I did some research and found a piece by Microsoft that will be the subject of a future rant but for now it's bye-bye UAC. 

You can't change the start-up sound anymore...really?? Come on, what focus group said "gee Microsoft you know I just can't decide what sound to play when I start my computer so you decide for me"?  All that marketing hype about Win7 being all about what you want, destroyed less than 5 minutes after the initial install. I have a simple fix in the works and will post it here in a day or two.

Power management is hosed,  if you plug in a UPS Windows recognizes it and immediately sets it up to be a very expensive power strip.  It defaults to taking the critical battery action at 98% of the battery so even the slightest power glitch and you'll be rebooting and it will not let you change these values via the control panel GUI.  There are several discussions of the "feature" on the net and they all point to using the powercfg.exe command line tool to change the values, that changed the values but pulling the plug revealed that the values appear to be ignored.  My fix was to install APC PowerChute  which disables windows power management and works like it should.  If you don't have an APC UPS I have no clue how to get this working.