For those of you who are expecting a light article to read, be warned, I’m returning to my geeky root. 🙂
Although I consider myself a Mac afficionado, I feel no shame in having a Windows PC as my desktop. My desktop is relatively new, having only bought it 1.5 years ago so it has good amount of memory and storage space. I was running Windows Vista and I toyed with the idea of switching over to Windows 7 and since I’m a full-time student, I can also take advantage of the cheaper price. Woohoo, indeed. 😎
I initially pooh-poohed Windows 7’s obvious ways of copying MacOSX methods and look-and-feel, however, taking a pragmatic route, I think it would be good to have good computing experience using my desktop (Windows 7) and my laptop (MacOSX). Obviously, Microsoft is trying very hard to simplify the way we use our computer, however, users are still faced with the numerous editions that are produced every time a new version comes out (Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate). On top of that, one still has to decide whether they want the 32-bit or the 64-bit version. Microsoft still has a loooong way to go from Apple’s plonk the DVD and relax. I decided to take the 64-bit route, since it is going to be the norm in the future and it will also enable me to take full use of he 4GB RAM. The only catch is that I can’t do a direct upgrade and that I have to do a custom installation (a clean installation that would wipe away my files, programs and settings). My worry is that my old printer that I bought when I left Singapore in 2002, and the numerous programs that I use from the days of old, will not be able to perform in the new environment. Thankfully, HP still has a driver for my LaserJet 1200 and as for the old programs? Apparently I can run it in the Windows XP mode – which in effect, is a virtual machine within Windows 7.
“Apparently”, you ask?
This is because I only did the cross-over last night – yesterday I bought a new external harddrive to house my settings and documents from my PC. With Windows Easy Transfer, I’ve been told that I can copy my documents and personal settings from the ‘old’ computer, and then apply them into the ‘new’ computer. However, it will not copy any of the programs and that I will need to reinstall all of them when I’ve crossed over.
So last night, after downloading Windows 7 Professional installation DVD for merely $119, I activated Windows Easy Transfer and copied my files and junk from the ‘old’ computer. It took roughly three hours to copy 136GB into the external harddrive and by then it was way too late to stay awake for Windows 7 installation, so I went to bed.
In the morning, I got up and was greeted my reborn desktop that asked me to create a name and password for my computer. The new environment does look more pleasant and cleaner compared to Vista, even though it seems pretty minor. Unfortunately I couldn’t connect to the Internet because my settings have been wiped out. Thank goodness that Windows 7 is equipped Windows Easy Transfer already, so all I had to do was copied my files across from the external harddisk into the new environment. Since it was taking 2+ hours to complete, unfortunately I had to leave it running and see what I need to when I get back home tonight …
The geeky adventure continues! 🙂