after the jump : win 7 here we are

win7

Status Update: Windows 7 upgrade has been particularly painless.

The restore of the old Vista install to a new disk was 1.5 hours of waiting. The actual upgrade to windows 7 was around 40 minutes total I spose. A few updates to download and voila.

I didn’t know whether I had to format the new drive before restoring the Vista insall so I did. That took several hours :(  The Windows Home Server recovery disk is naturally pretty bare so it wasn’t clear to me if I had to format or not. It all worked like a treat in the end.

First thing to do was get VirtualBox up and running so I could do some work. No problem, just added back the virtual disk on the E: drive and the virtual machine came up no problem.

Windows Home Server is giving a bit of grief still though. I can’t connect or map drives. I have my WHS set as Guest access open for everyone on the network. For some reason the new Win7 machine keeps asking for passwords and there isn’t one.

Doesn’t seem to be related to the new “homegroup” feature as that is win7-win7 only. Will have to solve this one later.

oooh my desktop background just changed. sweet. another aussie image, rainforest I guess.

Will do the biggies like Office, LightRoom later.

after the jump : win 7 here we are

Heading towards Windows 7 Upgrade

Decided that I ought to upgrade my main desktop machine to Windows 7. I have been running happily on Vista for 2.5 years. The machine is a Athlon X2 with 4Gb of RAM and a vanilla video card. The main reason for upgrading is to start with a new install. The Vista install is running smoothly, but after a couple of years of installing and uninstalling software you do accumulate guff in the registry and in program files etc.

I have an upgrade copy of Win7 to get me from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium.

At the same time I plan to run the new windows on a new 1TB drive.

Currently Vista runs on a 160Gb drive with another 250Gb drive as the E: drive.

So this presents problem first up. An upgrade should ideally use the same disk or partition. Luckily I have a Windows Home Server to help me.

The plan is to restore the backup of Vista from the C: drive to a newly formatted larger C: drive. After activating the new 1TB Vista install (which is trivial), I’ll run the upgrade (forcing a fresh install) of Windows 7.

Hopefully then the old E: drive can hang of Win7 and I can re-install apps and move my documents back to the main drive.

That’s the plan anyway. I’ll let you know if my plans are pure folly.

So far the 100Gb of data is restoring back over the network. Around 1.5 hours it reckons.

Heading towards Windows 7 Upgrade