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upgrade mark 2.0 - we are pleased
children of dune - leto 1
Okay, so. Here is where we are.


1.) I have partitioned, formatted, installed Windows 7, moved things over, and installed new hard drive into computer. Old hard drive is now in the enclosure. Installed Office, Firefox, iTunes, NoteTab, sound card settings, video card settings, dell drivers, trillian, yahoo, and dell dock for Windows 7.

2.) We have achieved iTunes keeping my metadata via shinetheway. Because she is awesome.

3.) This sucker is a lot faster. I am thinking a clean install and only installing programs I needed tonight helped with that.

4.) So far moved: music, all my personal files, media.

5.) All bookmarks and most settings from Firefox. I have a feeling I'm going to be forgetting some of those until it tells me I need them.

Not Done

1.) The rest of John Sheppard II being moved into--Adam, yes, fine, you know I name my computers (and hard drives!) and um, electronics fannishly. I don't even care if you laugh. It's a hot hard drive, people.

2.) Hunting down Windows 7 settings to see where everything is.

3.) Adjust video to not be quite so weird. Adjust display to not be weird.

4.) Install Premiere Elements, a few of the programming IDEs, and a variety of smaller ones I can live without. And my Perl libraries. I am not looking forward to going through that again at all.

5.) See if there's anything important I missed. That would be Firefox updates, Adobe updates, and various updates that I don't know I need yet.


1.) Windows 7 installs amazingly fast. I mean--wow. That was fast. Like, insanely so. It was probably less than a total of thirty minutes from when I installed the hard drive in the laptop and Windows was operating and I was moving things over.

2.) I do not object so far to any Windows changes, but I haven't seen them all either. It's running fast enough right now that I'm not even looking. Most of my problems with XP were speed related.

3.) I'm not sure yet if it was necessary to partition the drive, but I don't really care since it doesn't hurt. The only thing I put there besides Windows is Firefox, iTunes, and Office, but I'm thinking of moving the former two to the D drive and leaving that one just for Windows-related things. IDK. I like organizing this so if the OS or something goes south, I still have all my other stuff safe in D.

4.) I miss quicklaunch, but the pinning thing isn't bad and the dock is cool.

5.) If you want to transfer data from one internal to another during a change of hard drive, yeah, go with the enclosure. This is incredibly low-stress. The one I got literally came with everything it needed in the box.

A Final Note

I do not hate Windows 7. So if all goes well, going to get this for Mom tomorrow. It's not quite familiar yet, but I think it's the changes in color and brightness and text that I need to sit down with tomorrow and work out how much I actually like and just hate now because I hate change, and what I can't deal with.

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No, YOU'RE awesome. [grins crookedly] And I'm glad I could help!

It's hot, hard, and huge. Of course you named it Adam.

I'd be interested to hear more of your opinions on Windows 7, because I loaaaaaaaaathe Vista, and I'm wondering if Windows 7 is any better.

Seconded! Aero Glass is pretty but that's about it for Vista.

You aren't the only one that names computers fannishly. My two laptops have been accordingly named after favorite characters of mine. Hell, i even name my cars!

*The rest of John Sheppard II being moved into--Adam, yes, fine, you know I name my computers*

You realize someone's got to ship John II/Adam now.

Why are you so super??? I had to reinstall Windows due to a virus, but I didn't have the drivers disk. You can go to dell to reinstall them, but the first driver they want you to install is a dell drivers download manager. Im order to install THAT, they need you to install net frame, which takes up so much memory it is ridiculous. HOW ridiculous? I gave up, and am no longer using my computer. Instead, I am using a 10 year old computer to surf instead of my 3 year old computer. *cries*

You dont' need Dell Download manager. . When you click on the drivers you want, it offers a choice, so just pick the second one from the browser. I am not a fan of the download manager either.

I see no problem with naming things fannishly. Personally, I name my stuff randomly- and occasionally in groups;

Wi-fi router/laptop/laptop HD are Peter, Paul and Mary, the two external HDs are Bitsy (233GB) and Maggie (1TB), my two most used SD cards are Thing 1 and Thing 2, the bluetooth adapter is the Jellybean (as that is exactly what it looks like) and my Palm PDA is Shame (since I should have paid bills instead of buying the first one). The laptop backpack is known as Brutus as it weighs 4lbs empty. The digital camera has the unimaginative name of Cam.

The car, a Ford Focus sedan, was Pudgy until SO wore me down- she's now Betsy.

my previous laptop was Waylon, because it was secondhand, and as the song goes, he may be used, but baby he ain't used up. with Waylon there was a red iPod called Willie. because it was red. my iPhone is Johnny. because it's black.

here would be a good time to note that my ancient and battered Jeep is Hiram King Deathtrap... yeah. Ol' Hank.

I broke with the theme a bit with my new laptop - I called her Tallulah, because she's titanium and thin and haughty. she frequently is referred to as SkinnyB, short for Skinny Bitch.

my big iPod classic is Skydog, after Duane Allman. (it is engraved with a line from the song Ain't Wastin' Time No More which Greg wrote after Duane's death.)

and my beloved old Canon A1 is Larry.

...so really the only thing you need to be ashamed of is still using a PC. *duck*

*sticks out tongue*

Waylon may be my favorite.

I miss Waylon. he was a tough old bastard, but everything passes in its time. :/

you know, there's a school of thought that says macs are for people not smart enough to run real hardware and if that's true I am not ashamed to say I am one of them. technology freaks me out, okay? we are seriously one bitchy automated bank teller away from Skynet.

I missed my quicklaunch too much and had to put it back. Mmmmk, quicklaunch.

I named my new computer Scorpius so I am a thousand times more deserving of shame.

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