I’ve been using the Windows 7 beta since it was released and I’ve updated through a few builds as well though admittedly not as an official MSDN partner. Â I’ve acquired he build in the wild and have been using Windows 7 daily on my netbook. Â The experience has been most good, but a few frustrating issues have remained through each update and these are going to frustrate people to no end.
The main bug I’ve encountered is that my network connection simply times out. Â Sometimes I get hours, sometims minutes and sometimes it refuses to work at all after waking from sleep. Â The repair utility has about a 40% chance of getting me back online, but generally I need to reboot the system. Â The only upside here is that Windows 7 boots pretty quickly, but the average person is going to hate this. Â This is a basic requirement for a computer and I expect networking to just work.
About 20% of the time after waking from sleep I lose the ability to control both volume and screen brightness from my function keys. Â I can still handle volume from the taskbar, but there is no way to adjust screen brightness. Â Brightness is locked down at the first level which is quite low. Â I tend to run on the 3rd step up which is a nice balance of brightness and power utilization. Â A restart fixes things.
I’ve mentioned these issues before and doing a general search around I can see I’m not alone though there’s no actual resolution from Microsoft yet. Â The problems seem to actually be a part of Windows 7. Â It took 2 restarts just to publish this post today … not cool at all.