- Home Version
It sucks, and the wait to upgrade sucks 10/31/2009
It can use more then 2 gigs of memory because its 64-bit. Comes with Media Center built in and functions pretty well with the remote that I bought, as this OS is being used for a HTPC I've built.
Many. Its crashed a bunch of times already, about once a day. Does not work well with the AverMedia TV Tuner I bought for it. Cannot even really view live TV much less record shows. Had to plug the antenna back into the plasma just to watch TV again. Doesn't want to play well with some legacy apps. Seems to have a huge number of updates to install everytime its shut down. Did not find much of my hardware when installing (video card, sound, ethernet adapter), and occasionally cannot find it again when it comes back from sleep mode. This always requires a reboot, where I have to sit and wait for more patches to download (which of course, never fix the problems). Can only install on one machine. Is microsoft so poor that now you have to buy their OS for every computer in your home? Not to mention, if I decide to get a faster processor or motherboard, I will now have to call and beg them to let me use this copy again. If not, it will be just a $110 coaster.
The absolute most frustrating part of all of this is the upgrade coupon. After the above problems I decided to just go straight to Windows 7 to see if its any better, but after filling out their crazy online form (really, you need my phone number?), I learn that the front page of the site was lying, and that the 'general availability date' is not October 25th like it says there, but is actually December 4th (and even that is 'estimated') So even though I can buy it now from Newegg, I have to wait until at least December ?? to see if Windows 7 is any better this this !@#$. Wow. Suck it Microsoft. Suck it.
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