I tried the built-in ‘BURN’ feature this morning. It worked. I burned both a DVD and a CD. So that is cool. I have always had Nero on my other computers. #windows7 #msfeed
The Philips DVD burner I got for my new machine, from newegg, came without any software, cables or mounting. So I was thinking about getting some DVD/CD burn software when I noticed the ‘BURN’ option at the top of each Windows 7 folder.
It worked. The interface wasn’t ideal. It moves all the folders/files selected to a ‘Burn Folder.’ But, while it was copying the stuff over, about 3.5GB, it couldn’t tell me how much time was remaining. Kept on telling ‘calculating.’ That is crazy. I have eight processor cores on this machine. Total CPU usage was at 18%. It still couldn’t keep up with the transfer! I think, I could be wrong, that a Mac has always been able to do this, irrespective of the processing power available and the size of the transfer.
This burn, however, should not be confused with the ‘Create Backup’ burn that does not work.
Things I Like
- ‘The Libraries’ feature that gives you a higher level of aggregation, above that of folders, has potential. I think I can exploit it, gainfully. So, already I have set-up a hierarchy within DOCUMENTS and PICTURES. One level for the folders I imported from my production XP machine and another level for folders native to the Windows 7 machine. I am thinking of creating another LIBRARY called ‘popes’ for all my popes related folders. That might help.
- The new Media Player seems slick … but I never used it much on the XP machine. So I don’t know what is new with Windows 7 and what I could have done with XP.
- The new DESKTOP backgrounds included are exceptional. So much better than what was available with XP. So this is not a technical feature. Just aesthetics. And yes, I could probably get better pictures if I search the Web. But this is was there. Easy to set-up. I now ‘shuffle’ through all the available pictures. For the last two years I have had the same desktop, in stereo, on both the monitors connected to my XP machine. It is a picture of St. Peter’s at night. I guess I was hoping it would inspire me when it came to writing my papal
books. I think I was ready for a change. Plus, I finished writing the second book.
- The full-screen slide-shows on folders containing pictures, is impressive. But, I think that has to do with my 24″ HD monitor rather than Windows 7 per se.
So, that is where we stand on Halloween day. Nothing on Windows 7 has spooked me today. But the evening is still young. Hopefully, I will be able to import across all my files from both drives on my XP machine. At that point I can do more serious testing.
A lot of fonts are missing in Windows 7. That is a pain. I will have to look into that.
Thanks. Hope this helped. People have asked me to share this experience.
All the best. Happy Halloween.