About a month ago, I decided that I would upgrade my desktop computer’s core components (CPU, motherboard, and RAM) because Serpent 3 was getting increasingly unstable, and Memtest wasn’t coming to the rescue this time. At the same time, I figured I should probably “upgrade” my OS to Windows 7 since everything seems to be switching over to it now. Watch the video below to see the build in action.
So the hardware of Serpent 4 is working out flawless so far, but the operating system is constantly disappointing. The main trouble early on was that I kept getting the dreaded “display driver stopped responding” system freezes but only when using Firefox. Googling this gives you infinite solutions, but the one that worked for me was just downgrading the nVidia drivers from 320.18 to 310.70.
In general, there’s too much that’s really annoying about Windows 7 and not enough to actually like. A few things I do like, though:
- Libraries are kinda cool, I guess
- Not being limited to 3.25 GB of memory is very cool
- Task Manager on steroids–even saves your sorting
- Pin to Taskbar can be useful
- WebDAV remote folders work seamlessly
- Resizing thumbnails in explorer is occasionally helpful
And that’s pretty much it. As far as things I don’t like in Windows 7, most of them fall into the category of needlessly changing things (e.g. making it more “user-friendly”) such as the entire network connections control panel, not displaying drive free space in the explorer status bar, the lameass search box in explorer, etc. And the UAC… I really wanted to believe you might be helpful sometime, but after a month of dealing with your bullshit, I couldn’t take it anymore.
But at least I’m getting to play Company of Heroes 2 now, so I guess it’s all worth it.