This week I received my first of two Windows 7 installation discs. I decided to experiment first on my notebook computer because its use is not nearly so important to me as my desktop machine's. It looked like it would be an easier upgrade, as well, having run Vista during its entire stay with me. Please note: I've never had any particular problem running Vista on this or any PC so my move to the new OS is based upon the desire to have an experience that is even better than what I'd had and to keep current on computer technology.
I'd decided upon the "Custom" installation which means all vestiges of Vista are swept from the system (packed up in an "old" folder) and Windows 7 installed on newly-cleared disc space. After a bit of reading and thought, I inserted the disc (with Vista running), started the installation program, answered a couple of prompts, and went away to watch TV. After a half an hour or so, the installation declared itself complete. A bit more in the way of post-production Microsoft Updates to download and install and I had myself a new-ish computer! All told it took about an hour. The thing ran flawlessly as I reestablished encrypted connection with our Wi-Fi router and I installed a fresh copy of Firefox. Along with Vista, all installed programs were wiped, as expected, so I'll need to reinstall those I want over the next days and weeks.
Somewhat surprising is how similar Win7 is to Vista in look and feel. In a way that's good… easier to switch over! There are some pretty new desktop backgrounds and an assortment of fun little Windows sounds from which to choose.
The great thing, however, is how fast my notebook now runs! It's quicker than when new. I don't have technical benchmarks but the machine is noticeably faster starting, running programs, and accessing content on the Web! I'm very happy with the entire upgrade experience and expect Win7 will be very popular.
Next, and for various reasons, soon will be the upgrade of the desktop machine from "Windows Vista Capable" running XP to Windows 7. A Custom Installation ("clean install") is required and best practice anyway. There's a lot more software installed on that machine so a lot more work is in store for me. I am, however, almost looking forward to it. Disc #2 (pre-ordered at substantial discount) arrives later this week.