[access-uk] Re: Windows 7 - Forewarning

Tristram, 

Just to be absolutely clear here.

Remember that what I installed was the RTM from TechNet.

Someone said that Windows 7 should be O.K. on ANY PC which was Vista
capable.

The PC I installed Windows 7 on, originally had Vista on it.  I had
originally re-formatted that PC and installed XP Professional on it,
hence a totally clean install of XP.

THAT was the system I installed Windows 7 onto.  And of course THAT
was the system which was (allegedly) Vista capable.

What I found quite unbelievable was being told, prior to installing
that the network drivers would need to be installed again AFTER the
installation of Windows 7.

Trust me!  I upgraded the drivers under XP, and checked the version.
After installing them again under Windows 7, the version was of course
the same.

Now given that my XP system has been saved as "Windows.old", and
therein lie the drivers, why could the installer not have found those?

Instead, I was left completely without network and therefore also
internet connectivity after Windows 7 was installed.

Now just to give you all an idea of what you might be faced with,
following my signature the report from my own system (Not the office
one above) which is currently running Vista Ultimate.

I think I'll pass on this one for now.

George.

You need to prepare your system before installing Windows 7.
System Requirements 
 Upgrade Available  You can do an in-place upgrade to 32-bit Windows 7
Ultimate. If you choose to upgrade to a different edition you will
need to perform a clean installation. Go online to see detailed
instructions about how to upgrade. 
 Hard Drive Free Space 2.92 GB You need at least 16 GB of free space
on your hard disk to install 32-bit Windows 7. You can make room by
removing unwanted files from your hard disk, contact your PC
manufacturer or retailer to see if a hard disk with more capacity is
available for your PC, or install Windows 7 on another hard disk.  
 Windows Mail, Parental Controls, and Ultimate Extras Download new
programs Windows Mail, Parental Controls (Web Filtering), and Ultimate
Extras are not included in Windows 7. You can get similar programs
from other software manufacturers or go to the Microsoft website to
learn more. 
 CPU speed 2.40 GHz Your CPU meets the 1 GHz minimum requirement. 
 RAM 1.50 GB Your system memory meets the 1 GB minimum requirement.  
 Windows Aero Capable Your system can run Windows Aero.  
 
Devices 
 Smart Label Printer 200 & 420
SII Action recommended Run Windows Update after installing Windows 7
to make this device compatible.  
 Lexmark 9300 Series
Lexmark Inkjet Drivers Action recommended An update is required to
make this device compatible with Windows 7. Go online to get the
latest driver from the manufacturer's website. 
 Canon iP4200
Canon Action recommended Run Windows Update after installing Windows 7
to make this device compatible.  
 NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM)
NVIDIA Action recommended Run Windows Update after installing Windows
7 to make this device compatible.  
 Intel(r) 82801DB/DBM AC '97 Audio Controller
Intel Action recommended Run Windows Update after installing Windows 7
to make this device compatible.  
 EPSON Stylus Photo 1400 Series

Programs 
 Windows Live OneCare
version 2.5.2900.28
Microsoft Corporation Uninstall first You need to uninstall this
program before upgrading to Windows 7. You won't be able to install it
after upgrading to Windows 7.  
 Microsoft LifeCam
version 1.30.175.0
Microsoft Not compatible This program is not compatible with Windows
7.
Go online to download an update to fix this issue.


-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Tristram Llewellyn
Sent: 12 August 2009 10:01
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Windows 7 - Forewarning

George's Windows 7 RTM upgrade story is a little bit disturbing and
doesn't chime with my experience at all.  I think he was doing a VISTA
downgrade PC but it really shouldn't be causing a lot of trouble.  I
was
doing a clean install on a Sony VAIO laptop and usually laptops of
this
nature are much harder going than a more standard desktop PC of almost
any variety.  Also the nature of what went down is problematic as if
you
at least have the network then it is possible for Windows installer to
find the necessary driver to update the system automatically createing
a
reasonably transparent upgrade experience.

Having said that any kind of O/S upgrade should not be considered
lightly at all.  It will be interesting this year as I not only will
be
doing Windows 7 proper as of late October but by then will also have
gone through a similar transition on the Mac at home as well so I will
be intersting to compare the notes.

Regards.

Tristram Llewellyn
Sight and Sound Technology
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www.sightandsound.co.uk

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