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Going to Windows 7 64-bit

Last evening I bit the bullet and did it: I went for the Windows 7 64-bit Pro upgrade on my main home desktop.  Since I was upgrading from Vista Home Premium 64-bit, I needed to do a clean install, no in-place installs for me.  See the chart from Microsoft at Upgrading Your PC to Windows 7.

win7 After going through this, I have to say, it doesn’t seem worth it for the average consumer who’s already on Vista.  I suppose if you can do an in-place upgrade, that’s fine.  But wiping clean and re-installing everything, and running into compatibility problems with software…that can’t be worth it for most people.

If you’re buying a new PC with Win7, great.

So some of the snafus I ran into:

  • Norton Internet Security 2009 – not compatible and refuses to install.  Will need to get 2010 version for Win7 support…if I still want to stick with Norton.
  • Norton Ghost 14 – Win7 warns that it’s "incompatible".  Before installing anyway, I did some searching, including this amusing thread.  Sure enough, it seems to run just fine.  There’s no newer version to upgrade to yet anyway.  I’m also exploring alternatives, like Macrium Reflect and Acronis.
  • Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 – This one is vital to me, since I have several VPC images I use regularly.  In fact, using VPC images is one way these clean OS upgrades are feasible for me.  Officially, VPC 2007 is not supported for Win7.  Unofficially, it works fine, more or less.  You might wonder why I don’t spring for the built-in Win7 Virtual PC.  It requires hardware virtualization support.
  • Google Picasa 3.5 – The trick here is to take a backup of your old \Users\<you>\AppData\Local\Google\Picasa* folders and drop them in after installing a new Picasa.
  • iTunes – This was so convoluted, I’ll need a separate post…

As I was popping DVDs in, I was wishing Win7 included built-in ability to mount an ISO image as a removable drive.  I back up all my important (read: purchased) software discs, and this would have been a lifesaver.  I know, there are a number of 3rd party tools, but I’m not interested in inadvertently downloading malware.

Some highlights/changes in Win7 that most stuck me are: Windows Calendar is gone, WordPad & Paint got an overhaul, Super-Taskbar of course, Click-Titlebar+Shake, slicker Themes, included PowerShell, StickyNotes.  In short, lots of little superficial things.  Hopefully, stability and performance are what will impress me in the long run.

There’s still a bunch of stuff that needs to be installed, but it’s getting more usable…

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