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Installing Windows 7
« on: November 06, 2009, 05:18:50 PM »
Well, my CD arrived yesterday, so I think I'm going to take the plunge this weekend.

I haven't even opened the CD yet, but after a bit of internet reading, apparently you have the option to "upgrade" and save your previous programs, or do a clean install over Vista, and have to reinstall everything.   Fortunately, I've know about the upgrade since I got the laptop, so I haven't installed a lot of programs on this.

I've already backed-up my "can't lose" files onto my desktop, so I'm thinking I am going to do the "clean install".

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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2009, 05:46:58 PM »
Well, after further reading, I'm thinking the upgrade might be the way to go...

Then, if that doesn't work out, I can go with the full install.
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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2009, 07:00:54 PM »
Good luck with that   :grin:
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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2009, 07:48:37 AM »
Okay, Here's a bonus!  :thumbsup:

Finally opened the package, and because my Win7 is direct from Acer, maker of my laptop; there is a Second CD with the program and driver updates.

So, I'm just gonna shove them in, and see what happens!   :dontknow: :dontknow:
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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2009, 09:47:20 AM »
This post, brought to you by Windows 7!

Total install time was about 2 hrs. including the before and after use of the Acer CD, as recommended.

A lot of that time seemed to be archiving, and reinstalling programs and settings, so a clean install would appear to be faster.

Now, to try things out and see how it works!
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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2009, 10:52:45 AM »
Okay.. First Significant Problem

For some stupid reason, Win 7 doesn't include Windows Mail. :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown:

You're basically left to find your own email program. :dontknow: :dontknow: :dontknow:
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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2009, 11:23:37 AM »
Email is for suckers anyways. 

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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2009, 08:07:12 AM »
Having used Win 7 for a few days, I'm seriously thinking of going back to Vista! (or even XP!!!!!)

No improvement at all to operation, Startup takes twice as long, and no email.   :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown:

Maybe I should just trade my laptop in on a MAC?
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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2009, 08:45:11 AM »
Windows 7 was supposed to be the next greatest thing.

Have you applied all the patches and updates?
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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2009, 03:31:45 PM »
Yup.   I"ve installed every update available.

I think that Mac commerical was right. "This will be better than that... Trust Me"

Another Big Loss for me, is no Quick Launch Bar!!! :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown: :thumbsdown:


That's it for me...  Vista Might be Crap, but Win 7 is Much Worse...  Seems to be a Trend at Micro-crap!!!  Each new operating system is Worse than the last one.



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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2009, 03:39:20 PM »
I love having my laptop, but I would really love to have a MAC.  mainly for the graphics programs I could run.

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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2009, 03:56:30 PM »
Well, that's it for Windows 7 for me...

The Laptop is currently erasing the C drive, to go back to the factory default.. Vista..

Edit: Of course this means re-installing everything AGAIN, but at least after the last crash I saved a copy of all my installer files on this computer, to move to the laptop!  :icon_thumright:

Edit 2.  The Laptop is back on Vista...  Now just have to delete/reinstall the programs.
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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2009, 02:26:58 PM »
I can't beleive I am trying Win 7 again!

Vista keep crashing, so I'm no farther behind.  This time, I'm trying the full-install to see if it makes it any better?
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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2009, 03:48:11 PM »
Well, the install was definitely faster, than doing the upgrade.   Now, just to wait to see how long til this one crashes!!  :duh: :duh: :duh:
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Re: Installing Windows 7
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2009, 11:10:09 PM »
Unbeleivably, Windows 7 seems to be working.   :dontknow: :dontknow:

Had to do some manual upgrades, such as the touchpad driver, but so far so good.
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