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I felt brave yesterday and I started an upgrade of Windows XP on my Dell Latitude D820 to Windows Vista. I remember reading that this time around the upgrade of OS is not copy-over but clean install and port of settings somehow. I never bothered to look into details, I just ran the update...

Well, the fun soon ended as setup informed me that I'm not connected to the net. But I was. Then my MSDN key was pronounced invalid but it's not. I ran the upgrade without running updates and without the key (you can enter that 30 days after the installation). And it started... The setup process was painfully simple - choose language, country and of you go. After couple of hours (I went to sleep during the procedure and left installation running) it was done. I could log into OS, found all my programs, even all drivers where there. I was able to enter the key without problems.

But (yes, there is a but) I still couldn't run Windows Update. I got a weird 80072efd error that just would go away. I figured it has something to do with the fact that my Windows Update settings were locked since our admin has set them though domain policies. I decided to take computer out of the domain and fix the damn updates. But during this smart move I lost my account and my profile. Great! The files were there but I would have to move the to non-domain account...

Since I stepped into the s**t already - I went further and did another install of Vista, this time clean. I took less than an hour, no questions asked, all drivers found and working. It will just take me sometime to configure and install everything as it was before.

So - hi from Vista! So far, I love it.

But there is one thing that I really don't like at the moment - the default sounds. One of them is very similar to the sound a hard drive makes when it dies. I had an accident like that before so it sends shivers down my spine every time it plays. I really have to turn it off...

Oh, and one more thing. So far I have always preached that you should maximize your windows to maximize productivity. I really couldn't understand people that waste screen space with non-maximized Windows. New Aero somehow made me into on of them. I like my windows floating. I'm not shure why and I'm not sure it will last...

Ok, I have to get out and check out the sun now. I rarelly see it these days!

Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2007 12:38 PM | |

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# re: I'm on Windows Vista 1/27/2007 1:43 PM Bojan Vrhovnik
So, if i'm guessing right, upgrade cause you problem, clean install none? I'm considering about installing Vista. Windows XP SP2 is enough for me...but, aero is worth trying....

# re: I'm on Windows Vista 1/27/2007 2:05 PM David
Yes, I had issue with the upgrade and non with clean install.

# re: I'm on Windows Vista 1/27/2007 8:30 PM Peter Jausovec
I did an upgrade and didn't have any problems (well, I only had to remove Nero & some ISO mounting tools before the upgrade).

# re: I'm on Windows Vista 1/27/2007 9:02 PM David
I read some people had success with the upgrade, I guess that's why I was so confident it will be smooth. Lets be real - it's f****g hard to make that work. And it just can't be 100%. I don't hold that against Vista and MS at all.

# Re: I'm on Windows Vista 1/28/2007 12:45 AM Andrej Tozon
The only thing I was having troubles with when installing Vista, was the drivers. No matter if it was a clean install or upgrade, the result was the same - either the driver installed didn't work or it wasn't installed at all. [Note that I was installing various Vista builds on different machines... and that worked alright for me. Well, except for those drivers, of course]

# re: I'm on Windows Vista 2/5/2007 6:07 PM Ferry Jr.
I have a it older machine - AMD 2800 (32bit) + 512mb ram, Radeon 9200, 80 GB HD + 200GB removable HD. I have WIN XP installed and I am having some problems with those (none spyware or virus related) and I was wondering if buying a legal thing would help. Is it possible to install windows vista to my computer...and not having trouble runing it? Is it possible later to upgrade 32bit Windows Vista to 64bit version free of charge or by paying something extra to upgrade it to 64bit version after I get new computer in few years? How would Windows vista run on my machine?

# re: I'm on Windows Vista 2/5/2007 6:30 PM David
Hej, Miha. nice to "read" you! ;)

I recommend you run Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor. It will tell if your computer stands a chance with Vista.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upgradeadvisor.mspx

I'm not sure about the 32bit -> 64bit upgrade... I would say it's not a free upgrade.

# re: I'm on Windows Vista 2/5/2007 10:31 PM Ferry Jr.
Hm....I ran upgrade advisor.... I think that my computer would die under the burdon of windows vista. I was seriously thinking about buying a legal copy of windows but I want to keep my machine for about year or two, before buying a new one. I have seen that my machine is now completely out of date. :-) Well...buying a real thing doesn't suit me at all because I would spend alot of money on XP and in two years another large amount on vista..... Maybe I shoud just switch to linux and never look back :-)

# re: I'm on Windows Vista 2/5/2007 10:52 PM Ferry Jr.
And one more thing...is there a possibility of buying a legal copy of XP at discount price now that vista is out? :-) This would be great. :-)

# re: I'm on Windows Vista 2/19/2007 7:47 PM stevet
no probs with vista at all. running on hp compaq nx9420, 2gb ram. if you get stuck running a prob try right clicking and running as administrator.

# re: I'm on Windows Vista 2/20/2007 7:39 PM Roy
just bought a new pc with vista installed, i cannot get windows mail (the new version of outlook) to work . not happy and not very impressed.

# re: I'm on Windows Vista 4/8/2007 9:10 PM m.shukarno bin shareef
bdcar@asia.com
thanks for the article . all thought this one is lovely but things like writer couldn't gave the skelliton a quiet perfect shape. although vista gots numerous trouble n problem but the way wroter thinkin off is really weird. next time iwish i could get a chance to write a review n preview here

so folks cheers


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