I downloaded and installed Windows 7 RTM today. What can I say ? 2 thumbs up!!
The install, on my Intel Core2 2,13Ghz (6420), took me 27min 12 seconds from powering up, installing Windows 7 and first time sign in.
The setup experience was great. Only a few questions, the required product key and one reboot.
I had 2 small quirks though. I’m 100% sure I selected the US keyboard. But after install (actually already during installation) I was blessed with a Dutch-Belgium keyboard (which is my locale for formatting dates and currencies).
The second one did cause my eyebrow to frown a bit. My second hard drive was not detected. Well, it was detected but no drive letter was assigned. I have 2 physical drives. The first one contains a System (C:) and a documents partition (D:). The second drive is 200GB drive with one partition. After going to Control Panel -> Security Center -> Administrative Tools, I could easily assign a drive letter to the second hard drive.
My first impression is a smooth and responsive GUI. It feels faster than Vista. To me, the (Windows) Explorer is more logical structured than the one in Vista. I always had problems with finding the ‘Computer’ shortcut in myVista Explorer.
If Windows 7 survives the first 4 months without hiccups, I might consider switching my development environment back to Windows again.