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So I’ve had a few Windows 7 VMs I’ve been playing with, but I wanted to put the new OS on some real hardware and experiment with the install process, so this weekend I had some time and gave it a whirl. I did two installs, one an upgrade process, the other a clean install:

The upgrade was a upgrading a Vista Home Premium system to Windows 7 Ultimate. Besides testing the install process, the goal here was stability. The Vista system was problematic, gave me BSOD almost daily (Nvidia driver issues, but nothing could resolve them.) The upgrade process was smooth, REALLY smooth.  I generally avoid upgrades, as I prefer clean installs, but I wanted to give it a try in this case and wow was I impressed. The upgrade took quite a bit of time, hours in fact, but when it was done the system has been complete stable, and all users, settings, and programs that had previously been installed on Vista were working without a problem on the upgraded OS. And after a couple of days of use I haven’t encountered a single BSOD or any other problem. Very nice job Microsoft! I’ve been installing and supporting Windows OS’s since Windows 3.1 and I have to say this was the smoothest I’ve ever done.

The clean install was on a MacBook Pro. I’m taking it to PDC next month and I figured I can’t show up with only Mac OS at PDC! J I used BootCamp to partition the drive then installed Windows 7 clean. I figured I’d have some issues with drivers, or incompatibilities, but again I was pleasantly surprised. The MacBook comes with a disk with drivers for Windows (Vista drivers I assume) which got me halfway there. I also installed an updated multi-touch trackpad driver from the Apple site, and two Nvidia drivers, one for the display, one for some motherboard components. After which the system just worked. I didn’t even have issues with the sound that I’ve heard reports of from Windows 7 beta. Afterward, Windows 7 did tell me my video driver was out of date, and suggested I “upgrade” to an older version of the Nvidia driver. I assume this is just a minor versioning issue, or the driver I picked (the latest available) is not fully Windows certified yet. I simply told the OS to ignore the message and it hasn’t bothered me with it again. After the hours-long upgrade process, I was expecting the clean install to also take considerable time, but it did not. It was very fast. I wasn’t timing it or anything but I’d guess at considerably less than an hour.

The installs are only a few days old, so I need to give them both a longer shakeout period, but so far they seem stable and solid. Window 7 has so many polished edges it’s really nice after the roughness of Vista. I look forward to using this OS for some years to come.


Posted on Monday, October 12, 2009 10:00 AM | Back to top

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