Two Days Of Torture – The Migration To Windows 7

I’ve been rocking Windows XP since the beginning. When Vista came out, I stayed away because of the bad press. When I actually used a Vista machine, I saw that the reports were true. But here we are 10 years after XP debuted, and it’s getting harder to stay away. I needed a new computer badly (my previous machine was a C2D from 2006), as my old PC has been struggling to keep up with me lately. I saw a great deal come up through Dell Small Business, and decided to make the plunge!

First impressions were good.. Pretty user interface, appeared to be pretty quick, I thought we were off to a good start. But then those annoying UAC messages started popping up every 10 minutes, driving me absolutely crazy! I figured it was the cost of having a more secure OS, so I let it go and started moving files over from my old computer. The most important piece in that migration was my 2GB Outlook PST file, containing every important e-mail from the past 15 years.. But when I went to import it into my Outlook, I started getting a UAC error stating that I didn’t have permissions to do that, even though I’m an Administrator.

30 minutes later, I stumble across a forum post where someone describes the “workaround” you have to do to import your old e-mails. (You have to have Outlook launch with a “Run as Administrator” option checked off) I still don’t understand what that’s all about, but in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t the biggest issue.

Day 2 brings me more application migration and actually getting back to work. Only as I install more of my programs, more OS issues start to pop up. The system locked up a number of times, and I had to keep uninstalling stuff until the system became stable again. So much for Windows 7 compatibility.

After one reboot, my primary screen (I run dual-screens) didn’t light up, and my whole desktop showed up on my 2nd monitor. Somehow, Windows 7 forgot that I was running in Extended Desktop mode, and I had to re-enable this setting to have my other screen come back on. At that point, my icon placement was screwed up to high hell..

I’m using UltraMon, which gives me a few of the basic features that should have been included in Windows 7 if they were going to openly support dual-screens. I used it with XP, so it’s not a huge deal. But it’s overhead nonetheless.

Windows Update had me install some hotfixes and reboot. Guess what, screen #1 went missing again! FML!!

Overall, I’ve spent 2 days just trying to get things where I needed them to be. I’m sure in time I’ll learn to cope with Windows 7, and maybe even grow to love it. But right now, if I had an easy way of going back to XP, I’d be there already.

To The Cloud my ass..


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