Dell touts Windows 7 Beta experience

According to a blog entry in Dell's website, Dell has tested hundreds of Dell systems with Windows 7 Beta and has found the results to be promising. Dell notes that the following results were observed when testing Windows 7 Beta on Dell PCs.

  • Noticeable improvements in boot to desktop times (versus Vista) in many systems
  • Almost all existing Vista drivers are compatible
  • Good Vista Application compatibility (including the IE 8 compatibility mode)
  • Transcoding (ripping) media files is faster than Vista
Dell also plans to test the later builds of Windows 7 and share the experiences with users.

It is good to see Dell testing Windows 7 in their systems at an early stage.Personally, I have found Dell Laptops with Windows Vista to have many problems, especially with the display drivers and had to re-install often or call their support all the time. But if they are addressing these issues early with Windows 7, then we can expect good turnaround of Windows 7 machines from Dell.

If you are running Windows 7 already on your Dell laptop/PC, you can share your experiences here with Dell

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Lol, Dell said "Almost all existing Vista drivers are compatible," and you say "Personally, I have found Dell Laptops with Windows Vista to have many problems, especially with the ... drivers".
It sounds to me like they're planning to reuse those drivers you hate so much to make the Dell owners cherish their experience just a little bit more, lol.
(kiddin') ;D

Dell with Windows7 won't have much problems for me, because the videocard is Ati and the rest just works. I'm just afraid my soundsystem (XIFI USB 5.1) won't work anymore, or will give me problems. So thats why I stick with vista, since I use my studio 15 as HTPC.

OMG.... They are TESTING a BETA product!

I remember when Vista was in BETA, Dell specifically said that it sucked so much that it wasnt worth testing. This is the reason why Vista didn't have a good start. For some reason, everyone felt compelled to attack it without even seeing it. Its like Win 7 bias was already at play before Vista was even released.

Dell needs to release Display driver updates within a few days or a week after those like Nvidia,Intel and ATI release new drivers. Its rather stupid that many laptop nvidia drivers for example are still dated in October of last year when there are many games out now that require the newer releases. Catch up Dell!

I am running windows 7 on a inspiron 1520 laptop with a geforce 8600 gt gpu and no graphics display problems what so ever. I am running the latest windows 7 drivers from nvidia.

I am also running windows 7 on an xps 410 and a dimmension 9200 one with a 7900gt gpu and one wiuth a 7800gtx. these machine are running great also.

The funny part with windows 7 the action center says i am having graphics driver problems but i dont see anything to support it.

do the touchpad drivers work with that model? i have a friend (online) i got using Windows 7, told her to grab her model drivers from dell and see if they work :P ...

Run Windows Vista on a Dell laptop. Never had any problem ever with the display. Sound card driver is tweaked, but I think thats a RIAA ploy. Bypassed that problem anyway. Had so many problems with Dell and XP, Vista is a dream. 7... don't see a big huge reliability difference. yet. and unless something is major, don't plan on upgrading. Even if it were free.

Tony. said,
Have you even tested Windows 7?

Yes, have tested 7 on a spare hard drive. Fun thing with most Latitudes is it's easy to switch hard drives. Many of the icon probs in Vista are present in 7. Boot up time is fast, but I hibernate so boot up on Vista is far faster for me than simply starting from scratch. Hibernation sucked on XP. Never worked right. Speed on 7? haven't noticed that much difference. Nor in the memory. Saving maybe 400 mb. And running CSI vids from Netflix is still jittery. And that superbar, I've gotten used to it a bit, but it still hits me wrong. I've also run into driver issues with 7. Have an Olympus P-10 thermal printer which works great in Vista, but won't install in 7. Still looking for a workaround for that. It's harder to find thermal printers. But they are so much better than ink. And Olympus is priced right. Albeit it was $20 for a refurbished one that was $300. But I got one for dad and he uses it like there is no tomorrow. Printing out tons of photo's from grandpa's negs I scanned Summer to fall last year. So until that driver is available, Windows 7 is like someone said above.. a minor upgrade. Quite right about Win98 to Win98SE. Although 98se was stability issues. Not speed issues. Vista is no ME. ME truely sucked. I just have no clue why so many hated Vista. If people hated Vista, I don't see how they'd like 7 any better but then again I love Vista, and haven't had much fun with 7. Miss the sidebar too. Which from the screenshots looks like they me be toying with it again.

I run Vista Business on my mork pc Dell Vostro 1500 and I'm sorry to say it's not a good combo. The Task Manager still has issue killing some process and the provided wifi drivers won't shut down properly sometimes and cause a blue screen. And I have troubles with the Cisco VPN Client. Things go much better with the intel wifi drivers and the laptop2go video. But I still think it's not the optimum (I dual boot with a Slackware 12.2 and it runs much better, only the mic's still refusing to work). That's why all the Vostro after mine were bought with XP (I disagreed with that choice but it didn't matter), 50€ overpriced! On my home workstation Vista runs flawlessy. I understand it's a driver problem but it's Vista who's paying the price for it. I still have to try Win7 but I don't think my company'll go for the upgrades on our notebooks 'cause they're cheapstakes!

Udedenkz said,
W7 should turn out to be a good average joe OS.

What EXACTLY is that supposed to mean? Would you prefer if they made some techie OS that was impossible for the mainstream public to use? Would that be better?

non.sequitur2 said,
What EXACTLY is that supposed to mean? Would you prefer if they made some techie OS that was impossible for the mainstream public to use? Would that be better?

Haha talk about defensive aggressive...

non.sequitur2 said,
What EXACTLY is that supposed to mean? Would you prefer if they made some techie OS that was impossible for the mainstream public to use? Would that be better?

Udedenkz said Windows 7 would be a good OS for the average Joe. That seems pretty clear to me. Where did he mention that he would prefer an overcomplicated 'techie OS'?

When I got my Dell Inspiron 1501 the summer before last, after a day I uninstalled vista for XP. Putting Vista on laptops with less than 1GB memory was a ridiculous decision, the speed was ridiculous and I know I was one of many.

I am looking forward to Windows 7 though, I upgraded the RAM so am looking forward to using it in the future when I get its HD fixed!

Thom said,
When I got my Dell Inspiron 1501 the summer before last, after a day I uninstalled vista for XP. Putting Vista on laptops with less than 1GB memory was a ridiculous decision, the speed was ridiculous and I know I was one of many.

I am looking forward to Windows 7 though, I upgraded the RAM so am looking forward to using it in the future when I get its HD fixed!

Yea, thats because of what Vista was primarily. See they messed up, I feel they sat on their hands for too long after XP was released, and rushed vista the last two years of even announcing a new OS to come out. This is part 1 bad. Part 2 bad, they tried making vista run using 1000s of new code lines, re-engineering many parts of it, making it require many new drivers and application support. That is where they faulted.

Vista was not bad, but everyone was used to XP (heh well being around the absolute longest before another release makes sense why), running on 512 ram or even less. Vista had many new parts that required more than just "installing" it, which made it 'appear' to be a crappy OS. Not true. Just no one was prepared for such an upgrade.

It goes something like this:
Win3.1: New
Win95: Major
Win98: Major
Win98se: Minor
WinME: Minor
Alternating
Win2000: Major
WinNT: Minor
WinXP: Major
WinVista: Major (fault, should have been minor)
Win7: Minor (should have been major)
Win8: Major (should be minor)

As you can see there are some issues how they went about it. Technically, they should have (especially after the time left hanging with XP) made vista a minor release, keeping backwards compatibility a must. But giving new things and not much of new requirements. THEN (or now as its present) make Win7 a major release with everyone happy with vista for win7 to come out big.

They didnt do that, they made vista a major upgrade, and now 7 a minor one (as many state all the time, win7 as many may hate to agree, IS based off vista but like 98se was to 98.). Once 7 comes out and the world is happy, they will change 8 to be drastic, so when people want to upgrade they can (because win7 will still be fine in many cases), and not be forced to (as was with Vista).

Now with dell testing, with plenty of compatibility, it shows it was really a minor release (which is good so there is a bounce back from the vista ordeal.). Nice.

My feeling.

theslam08 said,
It goes something like this:
Win3.1: New
Win95: Major
Win98: Major
Win98se: Minor
WinME: Minor
Alternating
Win2000: Major
WinNT: Minor
WinXP: Major
WinVista: Major (fault, should have been minor)
Win7: Minor (should have been major)
Win8: Major (should be minor)



Eh slightly wrong on the NT side:
NT 3.1 New
NT 3.5 Minor
NT 4.0 Major
Win200 Major
WinXP Minor (Major for consumers coming from 9x kernels)
Vista Major (was going to be major either way)
Win7 Minor (Major if a lot of people are coming from XP)
Win8 Major hopefully, we'll see.

It was really late in the cycle for Vista not to be a major upgrade due to what they wanted and then the code reset. The same thing was seen with NT 4.0 and Windows 2000, MS didn't realise a minor version between NT 4 and 2000 and changed a lot, active directoy being one of the huge new things introduced.

MioTheGreat said,

That's not at all how that went.

Yea...
NT 4 (Major),
NT 5/win2000 (Major),
NT 5.1/XP (Minor),
NT 6/Vista (minor),
NT 6.1/Win 7 (Minor)

How about Dell uninstall all the preloaded crap and trialware/games/useless wireless management software/support apps that fail to work/mcafee/free internets that comes with new Vista systems then perhaps it might be just as fast...

I was suprised when I got my Inspiron 1525 that it didn't have more crapware on it - came with Roxio Creator DE 10.1, MS Works, Dell Wireless Manager (Windows is used as default), Dell Media Direct, Dell Support Centre (uninstalled), software for my Touchpad and Integrated Webcam, Adobe Reader and that was about it! No Free Internet Trials and no 30-day Free McAfee/Norton trial either, and all the above works on Windows 7 without isssue, with the exception of Dell Support Centre which has known Compatibility Issues.

it still kind of sucks, if it came with just 'Windows', and necessary drivers... PC users would be much better off, well... maybe the more advanced users would be

Been using W7 since Public Beta (7000), and now using 7057. gonna download 7068 soon as well... defiantly gonna switch to 7 once it's released. I'm glad Dell is testing this, but I'd like to see HP and Sony test and give their feedback... I've still yet to find one major problem with 7... seems faster and better than Vista & XP.

Yeah working lovely on my Inspiron 6400 It is faster than XP which surprised me (I never bothered with Vista).

I've been running the beta (just version 7000) on my laptop since it was released to the public......NOT ONE ISSUE.
It's my "daily driver". I keep a daily backup (just in case), I've been using it as my work OS, and I'll switch to it when it comes out.

I'm not sure if this is good news for Dell as such, but more for the Windows 7 Beta. It is good that they're testing it, though... I'd like to see other companies do this.

Not surprising. Windows 7 has installed nearly flawlessly on every computer I've tried it on (5 year old laptop won't come out of sleep mode) and my friend installed it on his Dell laptop just fine. Windows 7 is shaping up to be their best release in a long time.

To all the Vista haters: Windows 7 is largely based on Vista.

Silverskull said,
Not surprising. Windows 7 has installed nearly flawlessly on every computer I've tried it on (5 year old laptop won't come out of sleep mode) and my friend installed it on his Dell laptop just fine. Windows 7 is shaping up to be their best release in a long time.

To all the Vista haters: Windows 7 is largely based on Vista.


refined vista...the xp/me analaogus

Darrian said,
No, it's not even remotely similar to XP/Me. XP is NT-based, Me is DOS/Win9x-based. This is more like 98/98se.

Well... 2000/XP?

Silverskull said,
Not surprising. Windows 7 has installed nearly flawlessly on every computer I've tried it on (5 year old laptop won't come out of sleep mode) and my friend installed it on his Dell laptop just fine. Windows 7 is shaping up to be their best release in a long time.

To all the Vista haters: Windows 7 is largely based on Vista.


True dat.

Windows 7 is Vista Completed.

Silverskull said,
To all the Vista haters: Windows 7 is largely based on Vista.

Wow, thanks for that. Tell us something we don't know. In other news, the sky is blue.

Faisal Islam said,
hahaha...ryt sky isn't blue always.. at nyt it seems black


Actually, you have that backwards. The sky IS black, it's just that defraction of light in the atmosphere during the day makes it seem blue.

dell must have got the memo late....we already came to this conclusion long ago..now fi they would get some decent gpu's in their notebooks then they could push that experience even further

Windows7even said,
dell must have got the memo late....we already came to this conclusion long ago..now fi they would get some decent gpu's in their notebooks then they could push that experience even further

They have 9400M in their 1099$ XPS laptops ... not sure what more you could want.

Wait. What? A manufacturer testing before the release? You're not trying to tell me that they learned something from Vista, are you?

MioTheGreat said,
Wait. What? A manufacturer testing before the release? You're not trying to tell me that they learned something from Vista, are you?

It's easier for them because Windows 7 doesn't need new drivers for basically everything. Of course they only report on good progress.