There has been much technical work going on in my house of late. I was the fortunate soul who had to deal with machines that have required hard drive replacements for a variety of reasons. Thus, I decided to call the last two weeks “Nerd-a-Palooza.”
The final event of Nerd-a-Palooza was to install the released version of Windows 7 Home Premium on my home desktop. I opted for a fresh installation of 64-bit Windows to take advantage of the hardware I have.
I used the Windows Easy Transfer tool–the same tool I used when I upgraded to the Windows 7 RC. Aside from the effort it took for me to reinstall all of my applications, everything has worked pretty seamlessly.
Personally, I am pretty happy with the finished product. Windows 7 performs capably, and it is working quite nicely on my machine. Given that I opted for the Home Premium as opposed to the Professional upgrade, there are some applications I need to get on my own, I really could not argue with an upgrade price below $50.
This is an upgrade that an early adopter heartily recommends for even the greenest of computer users.
Just some quick thoughts on the Windows 7 RC that was released earlier this month.
I finally had time to install it last weekend, and, for the most part, it has been trouble-free. For the installation, I opted not to hack the installation to allow for an upgrade from the Beta. Instead, I took Ed Bott’s advice and backed up everything using the Windows Easy Transfer Utility. It backed up all of my documents and settings to an external drive, and then I performed a clean install of Windows 7 RC.
Admittedly, I had to spend some time reinstalling applications, but I am used to this from before. For the most part, that was easy since I have the installation media handy for most of my applications. For those items I download, I tend to save them in a place just for this purpose.
I have only had two problems. One is something I have had since the Beta, and the other was a strange one.
- BlackBerry Desktop Manager and Leaked BlackBerry OSs
- The desktop manager refuses to see the leaked version of the BlackBerry OS I want to install to my Storm. While not a show-stopper, I can easily boot into Windows XP for this purpose. Of course, I need to get my Windows XP partition working as expected, but I should be able to do that in no time (stupid boot menus). This problem has existed since the RC, though. The method one uses to install a new OS to their BlackBerry device is to download the package, install it locally, then connect the device and let it receive the update. When I connect the device, though, it fails to see the availability of a newer OS.
- Strange Blue Screen Crashes
- For two consecutive days, I noticed my machine had experienced a reboot shortly after it went into some sleep/power-save mode. I tend to keep my machine on, but this was downright annoying. I disabled the power-save settings in use, and the problem has not returned. I think the problem is probably driver related, so I am starting with a BIOS update, then going from there.
As with the Beta, I really like what I see in the RC. Everything is smooth and fast, and I have not had any hardware issues following the installation. For the most part, I look forward to the final release of Windows 7.
This weekend–as I avoided the bane of Valentine’s Day–was a productive one. Unfortunately, it did involve me spending more money on groceries than I have in quite some time thanks to my house guest.
Here is how productive I have been:
- the home office has been cleaned
- photos have been uploaded to Flickr
- bills have been paid
- laundry is done
- shirts have been ironed
- lunch for tomorrow has been made
- iPod has been synced for tomorrow
I also learned some important lessons this weekend as I continue to play with my BlackBerry Storm. Although I was able to successfully install a new version of the OS courtesy of Crackberry.com, I learned that it does not play well with Verizon. For example, I had phone and data, but I was unable to get the browser to work. I also learned that the power management features of Windows 7 does not play well when performing OS updates to a BlackBerry device via USB.
In any event, I was able to save the day on both counts. I rolled back the OS to the current version from Verizon without losing any data, and I modified the power management settings for the USB Root Hub in Windows 7. All in all, it was not a lost effort.
At some level, though, me thinks this is telling me that I need to get out more.