Windows 7, the upgrade conundrum…

So way back when a friend who worked pretty high up at Microsoft signed me up as a Windows beta tester, something I never really took seriously once I realized what a PITA Vista was. But it did have it’s benefits — I was a Windows 7 Beta Tester as well, something I didn’t do anything with.

At any rate, now that I want to put Windows 7 on a new machine, I can get a legit copy of the RC build and get going with it.

The unfortunate thing is that when my commercial copy of 7 arrives in October, it will want a fresh install. I was going to put XP on and then do a fresh install, but now there’s no reason not to put 7 on.

As someone who in the past has had OK luck with doing Microsoft upgrade installs, this is a little annoying, especially since my ‘working set’ of software takes several hours to install.

What I’m hoping is that some clever person figures out how to circumvent this baloney somehow. Theoretically the RC I downloaded is no different than the release version that will arrive in October on DVD. If that’s the case all that would really have to happen is to get rid of the expiration timebomb, change the version information down in Window’s guts, and brand it with the new activation code.

Or maybe I’ll just put XP SP3 on. I already made a DVD of XP with the service pack and all the drivers slipstreamed in.

4 thoughts on “Windows 7, the upgrade conundrum…”

  1. i upgraded to windows 7 but i found that my latency was too high using asio4all on my standard soundcard and same thing for my echo. I reverted back to XP…

  2. Kirkwood, I’m not sure your experience is typical. One thing — ASIO4ALL might not be well-optimized for use with Window 7. There might be some tricks to getting your Echo card working better…

  3. Yeah… I have paid for the upgrade already… (I really enjoyed the software, crushes vista…) but will probably wait a while for the real install. I figured XP is still doing the trick and there are only a couple features that make it worth while. Top 2 features for me:

    1. New Task Bar, it more or less mimicks mac osx, and it works well. Icons are consolodated properly for once and is clean.

    2. Folder groups… or whatever its called… You can link all your folders into one group no matter where they are on your disk. So, if all your images are scattered into multiple locations, i.e. projects, photos, etc… they all get grouped into one dynamic folder. It makes accessing anything a snap, these kind of things make an os very powerful imo.

  4. Hey yo. Meant to reply to this sooner but lost track. Anyway… upgrade is possible (but probably not fully supported): http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1184. The main bit you’ll want to reference is the bit that blocks the upgrade: http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=922&page=5

    Out of curiosity, have you looked at the new Native Boot from VHD features in Windows 7? Basically booting from VHD should give you at least 90% of native performance but with the possibility to make volatile configuration changes with a simple recovery model. Alternately it’s worth looking at XP mode if you do have any legacy driver issues. It’s basically a full version of XP that sits within Windows 7 and can pass apps back up to the parent. I’m sure you’d know best how these might be useful to you, but I thought I’d point it out in case you hadn’t seen it yet.

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