There's been huge interest in this program but no takers to date, not surprising given the price, so I thought it about time someone tried and have volunteered to be the victim! I'ver bought version R4, ten mixed Windows and RAM hyperdrive, and the price in the ads doesn't include VAT by the way. This is just to tell you that the trial has started but it will be three of four weeks before I have a useful feedback.
At the moment I've installed the program and created three alternative C systems based upon 98SE. The program boots from C always and the Windows boot speed is locked to that size as usual. It's therefore best to use only a default installation without drivers, this isn't a working system but just the "starter motor" to access the system proper.
Early findings have exposed what is hype and what is true in some areas. On the smallest boot system where I used 98Lite to get rid of much of Windows as well as having no drivers, the system is 233 mb. The Windows reboot time and the HyperOS reboot time are identical at 60 seconds, very quick but not advantageous to HyperOS.
However, I fully agree with their contentions regarding how much software Windows versions can carry and they have figures to back that up which has pleased me.
I've applied the system to my fastest computer, a new AthlonXP/DDR RAM/UDMA133/48x Writer etc, in order to see just what is possible. Of course this system is already extremely fast, especially when running on my 300 mb operating system. (No questions about that please, thanks)
Pending some more feedback here's my overall setup, a bit like the Starship Enterprise and yes, I do have Celestia so can do a fair imitation!
One monitor, keyboard, mouse, controlling 3 computers with a CD ROM drive, DVD ROM drive, 2 CD Writers, 5 Hard Drives, Radeon 9700, Radeon All-in-Wonder, 11 operating systems, 21 USB ports (9 USB2), 2 printers, 3 modems, 5.1 sound system with a master switch making it available to all 3 computers and a place for a cup of tea. The Lindows (Linux) system cannot be accepted by HyperOS so I've switched the drives. A press of a push button during reboot chnges the drives from Windows to Linux.
Adding HyperOS to that lot adds a tad of confusion for the system as well as me, so in those immortal words, I'll be gone some time.
Meanwhile PC World now know where they can get some stock.