Dec 09 2009

Windows 7 Working Well

Category: PersonalChrisM @ 11:19 pm

Although my webcam (a Genius Videocam Look) and fingerprint reader (a Microsoft 1033 model) do not have drivers for Windows 7, I’m not too upset. Although this PC has spent the last few days in Windows 7, I’ll be returning to XP once I’m content that I understand the basics of the operating system, or at least enough to go through the basics of trouble shooting someone’s PC if they have it installed. By the time I eventually move over to 7 permanently, I’m hoping the drivers will either be published, or I’ll have bought more recent models anyway. So far, it does seem to be less of a resources hog than Vista is, and I’ve only found a handful of (mostly old) software that didn’t like running on it. I’m also attempting to use this fresh OS install to find as many freeware alternatives to software I currently use, so Office 2003 has finally been replaced with OpenOffice, WinRAR by 7-zip etc. etc.
The TV card (a Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-4000) actually seems to work better within Windows Media Center than it does in Vista, though I don’t know if this is down to the newer drivers, or the Media Center app itself.
Anyway, I’ll be posting back and new information as I encounter it.