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24 Oct 2009, 06:41 #1

Ok, so I bought a new computer today and I was a little wary because it came with windows 7 and I was worried how the sims would run on it since it just came out and maxis doesnt seem to have released anything about that.

But anyways, just in case you are all wondering....

The OS to begin with is really nice and much better than Vista. The organization of the start menu is not all stupid like before and although Microsoft is majorly trying to rip off mac with it's transparent movable icon dock and sleek popup icons it's still way better than a mac simply because of the fact that 90% of software programmers cater to windows. And try opening a vector on mac with no additional software (death). (Me = mac hater). I will say that Microsoft repurposed the doc though. It doesn't simply hold application startup icons, but instead, it holds "categories" like security, music, office... etc. You can click on each of these categories and little tab slides out allowing you to pick any application that has to do with that category. You can add the programs you want to the category, as well as add new categories. I might make one a photo editing category that holds PSP, YAFSScreen, and other editing programs so that's a nice feature.

For the toolbar, when you have programs open, it appears as just a little highlighted square (which you can see for firefox in the screenie) and when you have multiple windows open for one program it stacks the squares like a mini deck of cards. When you mouse over the stack it will slide out a little window showing an image of the windows in that stack. Vista did something similar however it didn't execute it as nicely or smoothly as it is done now, and I like that everything is compressed instead of rectangles with the program name.
I am also so happy because (stupid i know) it comes with some really cool desktop backgrounds and options. Like bunches of feminine backgrounds that are so artsy, eclectic and cool. And you can choose a transparent toolbar (again rip off of mac) as well as the color. Here's a screenie of my desktop.

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Some programs have been update such as MS Paint that now has (whoa whoa!) different brush styles??? Maybe I don't have to buy PSP after all... well, it's not THAT advanced. And Microsoft works now seems to be a little more like word used to be without all the fancy updates included with vista.

I will have to say that the start up time of the OS seems a bit lengthy even though my specs are really good... I've seen this complaint elsewhere, so it's not just me, but it isn't too bad, and I may just be used to the short load of my fiancee's mac.

Another complaint: from what i've seen so far windows does not come with a setting for system restore. That option is now a service you have to pay for (which is bogus) however, I may just not be looking in the right place (pretty sure I am though).

As for the applications, everything runs fine even without new updated versions for window 7 like firefox. Itunes has it's 62 bit version which you can use as well so it's nice that all the programs aren't acting stupid or anything because of the new system.

Most importantly!!!

The Sims 2 runs perfectly. I saw other complaints on google and MATY... etc. of error messages, but that seems to be only for the people who had windows xp/vista before and then upgraded on the same comp. At MATY they said if this happens that you can just do a reg edit and delete anything that says Sims 2 because some files may have been left behind when you updated causing errors. I guess it would be a good idea to unistall the sims BEFORE adding Windows 7. For me it works like clockwork. I haven't added ep's yet, so I'll get back around to if they have any effect.

AND I will test the sims 3 tomorrow to see how it works. Everyone says it's fine, but of course, for some people there are weird bugs and corruptions so I'll have an update of how it works for those interested.

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24 Oct 2009, 13:12 #2

I love your desktop! It looks so pretty! I really need Windows 7 now.
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24 Oct 2009, 13:17 #3

Oh My God :ph43r: that's an awesome desktop. I wanna have it !!!! So eye-catching !!! Thanks for the infos about WIndows 7 vintagepksweetie. Seriously considering to get one :confused:
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24 Oct 2009, 13:57 #4

You're welcome! You should definitely get it. Some of the backgrounds are just so amazing. There is one really artistic cartoonish one of a flying turtle that has a city on it's back. It's weird but the art they commissioned for the desktops are so cool.

Added some more details about the actual OS. All the new info is in black text. :)
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25 Oct 2009, 01:44 #5

I'll be updating to Windows 7 probably in February. I'm not really looking forward to it since installing a new OS requires moving files and reinstalling programs, but I've heard that 7 is actually better than XP, and since I skipped getting Vista, I'll upgrade this time. I'm going to go with the full version, though because if the installation of the upgrade version messes up, you have to reinstall XP/Vista again and start over. I'll probably just get an OEM version because it's cheaper. That's what I did for XP. The only real difference between retail and OEM is the OEM version doesn't come in a box because it's meant for people who build computers from scratch.
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25 Oct 2009, 04:01 #6

Never heard of this version of windows till now! I hope it runs your Sims 3...let us know! Glad to hear you got your own working computer now too Vee :)

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25 Oct 2009, 04:26 #7

The sims 3 seems to work pretty well, the only thing is, when I added downloads the game wouldn't load up to the neighborhood. I don't know if that's because of the fact that the game is not meant to be compatible with windows 7 or because one of my downloads was wonky.

It may be the downloads though because I tested only using the breast sliders (since i saw that def work for you simaholic) and the game loaded fine.

So I'll have to do some sleuthing to see what was the bad download.
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26 Oct 2009, 04:07 #8

oh one buggy download that doesnt work with the latest game patches is Defy's facial hack slider! When I patched my game up to I think the second or third patch (I only had the first), my game wouldnt load to the neighborhood screen either. I had to reinstall the game, find a site to install only the first patch and then I was able to have Delfy's facial slider again.



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26 Oct 2009, 04:23 #9

The thing is I hadn't patched my game yet! :(

But im going to track down the facial slider to see if it's worth having... :P And i am having some trouble with sims 2 it seems. The base game was fine but once i added nightlife, the autorun won't work properly. And then when the game did start it wouldnt go past the loading screen.

I also couldn't get the game to unistall so I had to do a sys restore (which I did find in a new location!) and then reinstall the sims. It seems to be working fine now although I see a considerable slowdown in the load time with the NL ep installed and autorun is still a bit wonky. Windows 7 has this compatibility thing where you can choose which program you're having problems with and it will change settings for that program based on which prev. version of windows the program worked well under.

Im going to try that tomorrow and hopefully it will solve things.
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26 Oct 2009, 22:08 #10

You don't need the facial slider hack. Just get AwesomeMod. It has a slider hack, plus a ton of other really good features. It fixes most things that are either broken or really screwed up in the game (like randomly deleting sims not in your current household) and allows you to choose which features you want enabled by using a configuration tool. I don't think I'd still play the game without AwesomeMod. It does expire, though, to prevent people from keeping ancient versions, so you'll have to download new versions occasionally. You'll also need to have your game patched up to date. I haven't had any problems with it and it's definitely a great thing to have.

Download it here just pick a mirror and install it just like any other .package file (install Delphy's Install Monkey, then double click it) then go here and enable the features you want and disable the ones you don't. Once you're finished, click "Generate" (the dinosaur icon) and it will save a .package file that you should install with AM.
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27 Oct 2009, 03:03 #11

Thanks! I definitely will take a look at that...

For the record... NIGHTLIFE IS NOT compatible with Windows 7... :(
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27 Oct 2009, 17:41 #12

and student life is?

ooh that will suck big time if my games won't work anymore..
I HAAAATE vista, it sucks big time but it just came with my laptop last year, so I'm definitly looking forward to an upgrade!
but I'll probably wait until the first bugs are out

uhh I really hope it's compatible with my games, I still play really old games sometimes like rollercoaster tycoon but so far it still works on vista
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27 Oct 2009, 19:19 #13

well see, the other ep's work I have installed pets and am about to do seasons and they work perfectly. But for some reason nightlife messes everything up. Windows 7 is telling me that it's incompatible yet it doesn't say that about sims 2. It's saying it's having trouble with the installer so I don't know if maxis did something different to the NL installer but it's just not working. So I will have to live without NL i guess. I don't really mind because I never went downtown and the cars were just deco for me. But the actions were really great for photo editing... :(

EDIT:

False Alarm! :damn: My NL discs were just a bit dirrty... :P All is well, and the game works perfectly! :love:

TBH... I don;t think anyone is going to have troubles getting older games to run (unless you're a numnut like me) because from what I've seen so far, I suspect that all Microsoft did in a large part for Windows 7 was work on the GUI and some fancy new features. Other than that, I don't think the inner-workings of the OS are much different than before.
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28 Oct 2009, 02:29 #14

Phew glad to hear NL works for you now! I know I woudlve been pissed I used to love NL



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28 Oct 2009, 13:25 #15

ooh great, do you have really old games that you could test? but I guess if you say they didn't change much except looks and easier use I guess all the games that work on vista will work on 7 too

yay I'm excited to get this update now :D
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