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While they're not offering Windows 7 via The Ultimate Steal like they did with Office, Microsoft is apparently offering students a discount (~$30 USD) version of Windows 7 Home Premium/Professional, starting tomorrow for folks not in the US/UK. I love me my XP Pro (*clings*), but I know that at some point, I'm not going to have much choice but to upgrade. Also, I'm frankly curious.

And, hm. Dilemma. I just ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and apparently Podkayne (my present desktop machine) can run it, but for a few graphics issues that I don't really care about (I think Aero is silly.).

However, I'm still pretty sure she's going to die soon. She's six (seven?) years old including the time before refurbishment, and has been freezing some and making working-too-hard sounds lately. I'm loathe to replace her, but I also don't want to be without a desktop computer. (Yes, I have two other computers, but they're both laptops and it's different, shut up. :P)

So do I:

a) buy the damned upgrade (~$40 CAD with taxes and such) and possibly need to replace the entire PC in the near future anyway, or just

b) throw up my hands and replace her before she blows, with a newer, better machine that will come with Windows 7 preinstalled?

On a related note, have any of you been using the betas? How does it look? Shiny or Tissue Of Beautiful Lies like Vista?

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timeblind
Oct. 21st, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
Well, my computer's like 4 years old. And it's a little slow and out of date for playing video games. So I'm going to wait and upgrade... plus I want to travel, so I have my laptops for that... :]
gingerdolle
Oct. 22nd, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
I think I saw you yesterday...
About 5pm, at the corner of Joyce and Metrotown.

It's been, what, several years? You're looking well, I'm glad!
arion_knight
Oct. 23rd, 2009 12:11 am (UTC)
I'm running the Win7 beta on an overclocked Dualcore E8400c with a mountain of Ram and an overclocked Radeon 4890 and it is amazing. All the gloss and sparkle of Vista, yet performs like XP. Has decent compatibility modes and comes with some alright default wallpapers. A lot easier and more fun to make custom themes. You can right-click skip to the next wallpaper from a preset folder.
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