"Everyone knows the more you wear pearls, little by little they become real....And isn't it the same with memories?" - The Madwoman of Chaillot

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Windows 7

I'm a total sucker for beta versions of programs - I just have to have the latest and greatest versions and all the fun bells and whistles that come with upgrades. Never occurs to me that I might mess up my computer with things that don't work. I've done lots of official beta testing where I had lots of bugs to report and specific tests to do.  So upgrading to the public beta of Windows 7 was really much less risky, its reported to be very stable. 
It took awhile mostly because I didn't realize that doing all the upgrades sent to me by Microsoft (which were waiting to be installed because I use my PC much less than my Mac) which took about a half hour to install did not have me ready for Windows 7. I still was missing the recently released Service Pack 1 for Vista. That took longer to install. So after a few hours of preparing, I was ready to go...
With no errors or problems, Windows 7 was installed with only one warning - that my joystick mouse was not compatible with its current drivers. I never use it so that didn't matter. It took overnight because by the time I actually got to the install I was ready for bed.
First of all, it was just a little disconcerting to see a blue screen, reminiscent of the "blue screen of death" but then from above there was this ray of light - like a ray of hope for this new operating system - the default background for Windows 7 at least so far. So I changed my background as blue screens just don't make me comfortable! 
So far - not one issue. I've looked at a few of the cosmetic changes and they are fun and nice. Programs I've tried have worked fine, even some very old ones.  Hope it continues and we can be done with all the talk about how horrible Vista is.... although I personally did not have many issues, although I hated the constant "are you sure you want to do this" reminders....

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