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Posted by Alec Saunders

At 6:00 AM yesterday morning I started downloading the Windows 7 x64 release. By 9:30 AM I was installing it. Yes, I admit it, I'm a keener. I've used every Windows beta since Windows 3.1 in 1992, and I still find it a thrill to be on the bleeding edge of new technologies. I also grabbed the x86 version, just in case, before Microsoft closes off the downloads (now extended to January 24th). My first impressions of Windows 7 are pretty positive. I installed the software in a separate disk partition on a desktop PC at my home. This PC is an Acer M5620 desktop with the Intel Q6600 Core2 Quad processor, four gigabytes of memory, 500G SATA hard disk and a dual-head ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro graphics card. The Windows 7 installer is nearly identical to the Windows Vista installer, which means that the process is pretty painless. You can start it, and go have coffee or a run, which is what I did. Click here to read more of Alec's post.

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