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I'd been running Windows 7 beta 1 on our "home" pc since it came out. I didn't want to touch my dev machine until Win 7 was more complete and ready to roll. Now that Windows 7 RC is out, I thought I'd give it a shot on my main development machine. After making a backup using Acronis 2009 Home, I booted from my newly downloaded Windows 7 RC DVD, the 64 bit version, formatted the drive, and installed the Ultimate edition. Vista had a nice install, but this one is even better, and faster too. One of my favorite things is that it recognizes you have a wireless connection and asks you to connect *during* the installation. Not after! So it was able to download the latest bits and apply then right away.
It only took a few minutes and then was there was a lot of praying to make sure all my critical apps would 1) a version that works with Win 7 x64, 2) install and 3) actually work. The main thing I was concerned about was my SonicWall VPN client. After a little searching, I found a 64 bit beta client that installed and worked flawlessly. Joy! Next, my dev stack - VS2008/SQL2008/Blend 2/Resharper 4.5/VisualSVN. I knew from attending DevConnections and seeing Scott Guthrie and some of the other Microsofties that VS2008/SQL2008 would run fine on Win 7. After a lengthy install, including service packs, those were up and running. Next was Subversion/TortoiseSVN. Flawless! Joy again.
Now, I occasionally need to maintain a .NET 1.1 web site, so I have been using Sun's excellent VirtualBox to run a Windows XP virtual machine from which I use VS2003. Flawless install on Windows 7 RC and it runs great.
All my bread and butter apps were working just fine but them I remembered Microsoft Office. I had no fear there, why would Office 2007 not work...well I've seen strange things before, but luckily that was a flawless install. So now I have my email working. Good to go. Antivirus - how could I forget. I downloaded Eset Nod32, the 64 bit version, and that went off without a hitch.
Lastly, I need to make money, so Quickbooks was on tap. I have the latest 2009 version, and that was uneventful.
So, now after a day of downtime, I am back in action. I must say that my experience so far is very pleasant. Windows 7 is a much improved, less intrusive, gorgeous OS. Dual monitor support is better, the taskbar is nicer and less cluttered, and I just love the "shake" where you grab and window, shake it quickly, and it minimizes all others. And drag a window to the left, right, and top of the screen. Docking! Love it. More to report as I start using it more and more. If there are any problems, I'll post here.