Installing Windows 7
The next version of Windows beyond Vista is Windows 7. The first beta version released to the public was in January 2009. A number of updates, along with the final release, were made after that. Windows 7 was formally released on October 22, 2009 - I and many others hosted release parties.
My installations went well. The first thing I did was confirm what I'd read about Windows Movie Maker not being included. Yup, it's not. Other than having Windows DVD Maker, it's a clean slate with regards to making movies.
The final Windows 7 release introduced two new issues for me:
1. The driver for the TV Tuner on my 5 year old HP desktop isn't Windows 7 compatible so I can't watch or record TV with it. The driver had worked fine with each of the beta releases but was turned off by the final.
2. Similarly, Photo Story 3 (PS3) had installed and worked on each beta release, but wouldn't install on the final... Microsoft resolved the PS3 issue but I'm still waiting for a Windows 7 compatible TV tuner driver.
I had also read that Windows 7 automatically provides enhanced choices when you plug in a device. I was curious to see my choices when I connect my Sony Mini-DV camcorder (TRV80 model) with a FireWire cable and turn it on in VCR mode. It was recognized, a driver was automatically installed, but no options were presented, not even one to import video clips from the camcorder. There wasn't any software to do anything with the camcorder.
It's an operating system with little to nothing on it for doing video work ... where do we go from here?