I've been running the Windows 7 RC for a few months, and overall I like it. Many things work well, despite a few ergonomic issues. It's quick, though I'm sure my 8GB desktop helps. However there are some flaky items and I'm not sure if they are Windows 7 RC issues or x64 issues. Here's the short list of the big items.
- Live Mesh won't install
- Adobe Reader won't install
- Live meeting errors out when connecting to meetings
- Sun's Virtual Box won't install.
- google Sync not supported
These are really show stoppers, especially the PDF and Live Mesh issues. I can live without Live Meeting, but the others are hampering my work. I find myself going to my laptop or netbook to get things done here. I'm sure these will be mitigated soon, but right now they are issues.
I could move back to W2K8 as a workstation, though I'm not really looking forward to driver issues, especially as I'll still have the x64 platform. I could move to Vista 64, but I think that's a mistake for now. Plenty of people have gotten these products to work with Windows 7, though everyone I've corresponded with is an x32 person.
Today I ran the Easy Transfer Wizard for Windows 7 and backed up my user settings and profiles to another disk. My plan is to install the RTM on this machine, and then reinstall my apps to the same locations. It ought to be easy to do, and I'm not too worried about losing anything. I can back up my documents and things on the other drive. At that point if Mesh and Adobe don't work I'll have to really dig into the Vista versions and try installing them. If not, I might live with a VM for Google Sync and Live mesh. At least then I can be productive until more Win 7 versions of things appear.