in my hand i have windows 7 ultimate 32 and 64 dvds. looks like they are upgrade disks as they specify a pre-existing license required.
so, is life better with windows 7?
Solidworks x64 would crash on startup in XP64 for me (just after I activated it, of course). I installed Windows 7 and it seems to run well.
I never used Vista, so I don't know what the difference is. One thing that is annoying is the animation used when windows pop up (fade in/fade out) which can slow things down when you already know what Solidworks is about to complain about. But I'm sure that can be turned off...somewhere.
To turn off the fade transitions in SolidWorks go to Tools > Options > System Options > Views > Transitions. To turn off the mate animation go to System Options > Performance > Assemblies > Mate Animation Speed
To turn off the fades/transitions in Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7; RMB on Computer > Properties > Advanced System Settings > Performance Settings > Visual Effects. You can toggle the radio button for Adjust for best performance. From there you can toggle on or off any custon UI details you would like from the list below the radio button.
I'm not sure i would want to run pre release Windows for any production stuff yet. Regardless, I have only heard outstanding things about Windows 7 and solidworks.
Here's some reviews with Win 7 Beta (yea, even just in beta people liked the stability).
I've been dual booting Windows Vista 64 and Windows 7 64 RC at home and find 7 to be very stable. 7 seems to be about the same to marginally faster then Vista depending what you are doing, which is impressive for a new OS, the switch from Windows 2000 to XP then Vista all needed more computer (especially RAM). I plan to move to Windows 7 when it is released in Oct.
I wouldn't install Windows 7 RC in a work enviroment. Make sure the disk you have is the released version, I think it is out for enterprise customers and possibly some other limited users.
If you need (or can use) a 64bit OS then definitely yes. I've been using 64bit windows 7 since march and it's been excellent. Far faster and more stable than vista. We used to use XP64 and SW2009 had all sorts of problems. We tried Vista and it was more stable but SLOW. I convinced the IT dept to let me have a machine with 7beta (build 7100) on it and it's been excellent. Everything worked right from the beginning. I just used Vista drivers for printers and graphics cards. The only real problems I had were with drivers or apps that were too old to support Vista. I say, if the versions you have are release and not beta then go for it. The beta releases however are not upgradeable and will expire requiring a fresh install of a release product at that time. Around march 2010 if memory serves.
i could tell you but...:)
actaully, win 7 is given out early to some corps and academia.
nope. couldn't be much further away and still be in the U.S.!
Just wondering if you're the Dave Anderson that I know. Guess not.
Good luck with Win7. I can't wait for the release version because the beta has been rather trying. Not complaining, though. It's a beta, so that's to be expected.
well so far so good...
I'm talking about Italian SW2010 PR1 and Italian Windows 7, but in some mask, there are problem.
I advise you to attend SW2010 SP1.
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