Well, I’ve finally got my PC back, and have now installed the Windows 7 beta (sorry, downloads aren’t available any more). It’s the AMD-64 version, so it really can’t be compared speed wise to either XP or Vista, but it’s performing pretty quickly compared to XP, and quicker than Vista – although I haven’t yet installed everything I usually use yet.
Of course the first thing I did – before I even installed Firefox – was to use Norton Ghost to back it all up. Then Firefox went on (with Foxmarks, NoScript, Extended StatusBar, Web Developer Toolbar and Download StatusBar). Finally, I installed ScribeFire, which is what I’m using to write this post, (it also takes away my one reason for installing Flock by adding a blog editor into Firefox).
Fortunately there are 64-bit versions of Directory Opus (unsupported, but working fine so far), 7-Zip (but sadly not WinRar, or OpenWatcom yet).
So far, only one crash – ironically, Windows Explorer just after a startup. But once all the usual gubbins is loaded and clogging the system up it probably won’t be the last. I’ll keep you posted…