I started Friday evening installing Windows 7 RTM which I received free from Microsoft as a beta tester. I was actually pleasantly surprised that the download process was fairly quick for the size it was, over 5GB, which contained both 32 bit and 64 bit versions. After receiving a key I installed the 64 bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate on my test box, which is a custom built computer that is about 3 months old, with a dual core and 4 GB of RAM and a Asus mobo.

The installation went extremely well and like the RC version was fairly quick compared to Vista Ultimate. I then installed the beta version of Windows Essentials which is Microsoft’s own anti viral protection system just to see how well it works with the new operating system. Next came the installation of Windows XP Mode, which by the way, is now available to the public. You can get it here. This is the RC version and on my box works very well. After installing Windows XP Mode you must get an anti-virus program to protect this OS as well and I installed AVG.

This morning I started on installing the technical preview of Microsoft’s new Office 2010 Professional version which I will be running from Windows 7. So during the next few weeks or so, I’ll be playing around with the system and new software and will report back with my opinions on the entire operation.

So far everything is running hot, straight and normal with nothing of interest to report.

Comments welcome.