My DW has been so bummed out about having to run her HP DV2000 over Windows Vista Home Premium that she just about drug me to the store to get her a copy of Windows 7 (W7). Now this is from Col the non-computer expert; “I heard that Windows 7 is better” OK so there ya go! That means that she wants W7.
Her machine is a Intel Centrino Core 2 Duo T5550 Processor w/ 2 MB of L2 cache. The machine has 3GB of RAM and a 250GB 5400 RPM HD. She likes her 14.1″ display, she says it’s cute. I’m not going to argue that’s for sure.
This machine is faster than my machine, and it has more RAM and a bigger HD. Best thing about her machine is that it was about $500 less than the machine I’m using now, a XP Media Center, DV6149us.
We went down to the beach today to check out a few options for my self and while we were doing that I bought her a copy of W7 in the Green Box. It’s the Home Premium Upgrade Edition. I’m liking the HP DV7 that I saw at Costco. It’s got speed, 4 GB RAM, a 7200 RPM HD, a 1MB ATI Radeon a Blue Ray player and a 2 year warranty.
Nice thing about the upgrade is that it installs over Vista without formatting your hard disk. If you have XP now and want to get W7, stand by for a lot of work because you have to start from scratch and reinstall all your apps.
The media (DVD) is quite unique looking featuring a very large label which takes up most of the space on the DVD and there a 1/2″ border with Windows 7 holograms on the periphery.
The Upgrade comes with 2 disks BTW a 32 bit version which I am using now and there’s also a 64 bit upgrade DVD in there a s well. In order to use the 64 bit version you need to have 4GM of RAM or better.
Before beginning the install, you need to turn off the Anti-Virus software, we have NIS v10. I chose the option to permanently turn it off and I’ll restore it when the upgrade completes.
Inserting the DVD into the DVD drive on the LT the setup program starts automatically. The process begins to run and it asks you how you want to install W7. The choices ate Custom and Upgrade. Custom will format your hard drive. I chose Upgrade.
This is the second time running the setup. The 1st time it checked for compatibility and it stopped the installation and made me uninstall the “HP Quick Launch” app and “iTunes.” During this process it told me to reinstall those apps after the upgrade is completed.
I restarted the system and ran setup again and the machine is currently running the upgrade. The installation requires a constant connection the the Internet so that updates can be obtained and installed during the upgrade.
There are 5 processes that are needing to run.
- Copying windows files
- Gathering files, settings and programs
- Expanding Windows files
- Installing features and updates
- Transferring files, settings and programs.
At the bottom of the current window, “Upgrading Windows”, is says that the upgrade will take several hours to complete.
I begun this upgrade a half hour ago and if it has to run into the night no big deal.
It had better be finished in the morning so Colleen can check her eMail!
I’ll let you know how it all shakes out tomorrow!