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February 27th, 2009

Dear Microsoft...

I'm writing this here, because evidently there's nowhere else I can go to say what I need to.

I decided to install your beta version of Windows 7. I didn't have that much trouble with Vista. In fact, I didn't see why so many people complained so much about it. Sure, the security warnings were annoying as shit, and my webcam didn't work anymore after I got Vista, but otherwise it wasn't too bad. Gaming performance wasn't affected (and believe you me, I know how to test this shit), compatability issues were next to none (see above-mentioned webcam), and after I told Vista to stop annoying me for every little thing, Vista and I got along all right.

Windows 7 is the bane of my existence.

I got very use to avoiding viewing the big bad Blue Screen of Death. It's been quite some time since it released its evilness on my system. I enjoyed my time off from starting at it. But god damned Windows 7 has more than made up for that time off. 7, 8, 15 times a day I see the shit. I don't even have to be touching my computer to be visited by the monster. Sitting on my bed reading my book causes an error that my system just can't recover from, so my system is shut down to prevent damage to it. (This is after I've made sure only the processes necessary to run Windows are running. I don't want something fucking everything up when I'm trying to test software.) Annoying as shit, but I'm patient, I can deal.

Gaming performance with Windows 7 is horrible. There seems to be some glitch in the system that doesn't allow RAM to be so R-ey with its AM. The longer I spend playing a game, the worse and worse it runs. It'll run perfectly the first 30 to 120 seconds the game is open, then I watch my framerate drop steadily the longer it's open. Have you ever tried to run a dungeon in World of Warcraft, starting at a nice 75 fps and ending at 5 or 6 if you're lucky? And god forbid you have to visit Azeroth, Outland, and Northrend in the same session. .01 fps has been known to show itself. I recently bought a package deal for my gaming pleasure, Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas. To play these, one must activate the software using their codes. Thanks to Windows 7's infinite wisdom, activating my software causes *gasp* BSOD. And since it's crashing before my software is fully activated, I don't get to play the games I paid good money for. Compatability mode adds a security warning, but otherwise doesn't affect the BSOD from popping up, ramming my ass, and leaving me sad and unfulfilled.

I haven't been able to run a virus scan since Windows 7 was installed. My virus scanner, since it's looking around my system, is a security threat and results in a blue screen of death. God forbid I actually get a virus, as I wouldn't be able to do anything to stop it.

The best part of it all? My computer came with a partitioned hard drive so I would always have my copy of Vista handy and needn't worry about discs. I actually wasn't even given the option of making a disc using my Vista backup, which I thought odd, but whatever. What could possibly go wrong? I'll tell you. Windows 7. Thanks to Windows 7, and my System Recovery being a risk to my system, I'm no longer allowed to access my partitioned hard drive. It has files that would seriously alter the way my system runs, which is just wrong, evidently. So I'm stuck with this god awful OS that's being lauded as the Savior of Microsoft.

Yes, I realize that this is a beta and things will change. I've been beta testing software for well over 10 years now. I also realize that every beta comes with risks associated with it, and using a beta-level operating system on my main computer is risky. But this is the first time I've encountered software that requests feedback regularly, but crashes whenever I try to send it. (Evidently, like playing games or system restore, sending feedback about the operating system and how it's working for me is risky and therefore must be prevented.)

I believe I'll be the first person in history to beg Microsoft to let me have my Vista back. Would I recommend Windows 7 to others? It definitely has the potential to be a good OS. It's the delivering of that Good OS-ness that's severely lacking. My advice to those who signed up for the beta and have just delayed installing it: Delay a little longer and see if there's any kind of update coming out. Unless you have a disc for your current version of your OS. If you don't, steer clear.


- Sythium -

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