So, I ran the Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate) on a standalone PC – not my production machine – since it was released to the public. While this wasn’t a full test, and it certainly did not get used every day, I was very impressed at the stability, the hardware support … and the speed …
I have been counting down the days to 22 October 2009 and the release of Windows 7 to the general public. (OK, so counting the days … maybe not … but it was topmost in my mind every week or so )
Oddly enough, the day itself came around, and … I got nervous …
- What if the RTM version just didn’t cut it with all the apps I used ?
- Would I have to go back to image ?
- … and back to my *very stable* XP installation ?
I took the plunge !!
Having imaged my C: drive (using Acronis TrueImage 2009) … and verifying the image … I felt safe enough to proceed.
I have to warn you at this stage … I am a perfectionist … so I spend a good 8 to 10 hours preparing my plan for the upgrade (clean install).
- I went through my entire XP installation and listed every application I use.
- I then checked every application on the Windows 7 Compatibility Center
- I checked all my hardware and I ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser
There were a few programs and pieces of hardware that concerned me … so I looked further …
ZoneAlarm – I was running version 7.something free under XP and was very happy with it. I wanted ZoneAlarm to work under Windows 7. From the looks of the ZoneLabs.com web site it was going to be possible in some form (either free or paid) … so I continued.
Logitech QuickCam Chat webcam – it failed the Windows 7 upgrade adviser, so I had to weigh up the options. I decided to proceeed … who needs to look at my ugly mug anyway
The Plunge …
Boot from Windows 7 Professional x64 DVD ROM …
Follow the instructions …
OK, so is it really finished ? It can’t be … it didn’t take long enough for a Windows install … there wasn’t enough pain !!
Yes !! It was !! Installed … with no problems, no driver issues
(I didn’t have my QuickCam Chat plugged in at this point)
I decided to trial the paid version of ZoneAlarm for Windows 7 – ZoneAlarm Extreme Security … and very quickly decided it was worth it … and paid. This version includes not only the superb ZoneAlarm firewall, but also AntiVirus and a whole lot of other features.
Windows 7 Professional x64 is now installed and is my production machine. I am happy and it was worth it.
The QuickCam Chat doesn’t work … but as explained on the Logitech site, they are just not going to support some hardware. So, I’ll buy a new webcam … a small price to pay
Do I recommend moving to Windows 7 ? Yes I do !!
The quick search bar thingy on the Start Menu – awesome.
The interface … nice enough.
The speed … much better than XP
The whole experience … Microsoft this is the best OS you have ever produced … very happy.
Next stop … the wife’s computer …