as to adding hdcp to windows xp why would ms put money into something that may not even be sensibly doab le it may require a major rewrite of code not to mention vendors then having to rewrite drivers etc its just not going to happen
Ref not fitting 25 on one dvd - Most of windows 7 will be the same excluding the home edition and the ultimate or business equivelant so if you were only doing 2 or 3 variants then you would have no need for 25 editions of it.
I mean why make ultimate / professional editions which don't afaik have much difference between them, surely thats a waste of time and effort.
I agree, windows vista and 7 is dumb....ed down
I reluctantly started using Windows 7 in April after being a long-time XP user (and 2000 for a long time before that). On the whole, I rather like Windows 7. I've listed below what I feel are my personal likes and dislikes based on how I'm used to working.
- Wallpaper slideshow
- System tray icon management
- Start menu buttons without titles
- Jump lists
- Start menu search
- Windows Explorer Favourites
- Windows Explorer address bar breadcrumbs
- Windows Explorer search box
- Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts (Alt + Up to go up a level)
- Font installation is vastly improved
- Start Menu. My old way of launching programs was quick and efficient - Win key followed by letters. (this screenshot might help explain). Can't do this in Windows 7. I've resorted to pinning most-used apps to the start menu for when I feel like clicking. The others I use Start Menu search to launch - but the delay between typing and showing the result is longer than my 'XP' way of doing it.
- Still no native virtual desktops like Linux
Also, if you have applications pinned to the taskbar, you can press Windows key + 1 to 9 to open each program (going from left to right). On my computer, Internet Explorer is Win Key + 1.
Whatever the good and bad of Microsoft operataing systems, we have to admit that MS is in most schools, I have already found I have been forced to windows 7 because certain functions were failing on XP SP3, offline files was one. Whether this is a policy by MS to force businesses/education to go to an upgrade is debatable or whether it was my lack of troubleshooting the problem. We are now all win 7 and server 2008r2 and I can honestly say our support calls have reduced dramatically, it just works and is very stable. There are many hurdles and of course the cost of doing so, but over the next few years everyone will have to upgrade.
the latest version of Windows Live Essentials (Wave 4). I don't use it myself because iLife on my Mac is far better. I can see a lot of other software developers doing the same between now and 2014. Adobe would be a good bet with CS6 or CS7.
Obviously no one will replace their computer just to run the latest browser from Microsoft, but they might, if for example they bought an expensive printer/MFD which only has drivers for Vista and 7.
N and VL editions in that 25? These are just minor variations of the other editions.
six editions in total - Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate & Enterprise. For most people the first five editions are the only ones which count and these all fit on a single disc. The only reason Enterprise isn't included on the same disc is due to the way it is licensed, not because it won't fit. It will if you use Microsoft's ImageX tool. To do the same with Windows XP is much more difficult, although not impossible.
One of the problems with students using newer OSs at home compared to what the school has, is when the software they use no longer works with XP. Windows Live Movie Maker is very good example. Students do thier homework in this, bring it into school and then can't open the project file because it is incompatible with XP Movie Maker - we can't install WLMM even if we wanted to because it doesn't run at all on XP. The further a school falls behind technology-wise, the worse it gets for the students, staff and the IT people who support the network.
I do use it; but I prefer my old way as it worked well for me.
In that case I'll have to source a faster hard drive :)
Win + P = Presentation mode selection. This looks great for whiteboard machines! Currently I am thwarted at most attempts to make cloning the screen easy by MS, ATI, Nvidia or a combination.