With permission, this is an email I received from a co-worker named Nathan Abbott, who sent me a quick run down of the improvements and drawbacks to Windows 7 Beta after testing it this morning. Sounds like there are still some things Microsoft needs to improve, like the TCP/IP network stack. But progress has surely been made from Vista.
Well I have spent a few hours with Windows 7 and here are my initial thoughts and feelings.
1.) The network stack still needs work. M$ implemented an enhanced TCP/IP stack and they still have bugs they need to work out of it. File transfer times are still a bit sluggish. I tested 10 MEG, 100 MEG and 4.0 GIG file transfers and XP still beats Windows 7. I did notice that after turning off their IPV6 Helper service, files transferred a little faster.
2.) There are still too many services that start on startup or have a delayed startup. A base install starts with 38+ services on boot up. I trimmed it down to 28. I have attached screenshots [above].