Windows 7


Posted: 4 November 2009

Will Morning Flight run under Windows 7? Yes, as easily as it runs under Vista. Here is the Free Edition, as presented by the Home Premium version of Microsoft's new OS.



Upgrading to Windows 7 from XP or Vista


All our development work is still being done under XP, but we use two test mules equipped with Vista (one with Vista Ultimate, the other with Home Premium), to make sure Morning Flight is compatible. The machine we upgraded was the one running Home Premium. Here are some personal observations:

To Microsoft's credit, the upgrade went without drama. The best ever. I downloaded and ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor beforehand to discover possible conflicts. Just a couple, all easily fixed. A new driver from Creative for the two-year old sound card, uninstall iTunes and then reinstall after the upgrade, that sort of thing. The upgrade process took three hours but didn't stop for questions, a pleasant surprise. Kudos to Apply - all my libraries came back up after reinstalling iTunes.

The new OS itself feels like Vista without the rough edges, what Vista should have been in the first place. My pet Vista complaint happens to be with UAC and virtualization and compatibility folders, and I expected none of those to go away with Windows 7. Sure enough, they didn't. But all in all, while I seriously dislike Vista, I think I can learn to live with Windows 7. When the time comes, that is, and provided I get bored with XP.

If you do decide to make the switch, note that the upgrade has to be for the same version. Microsoft won't let you upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional, and that's understandable. But they also won't let you downgrade from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Professional, meaning if you started out with a Cadillac, you can't trade it in for a lower priced Chevy. What money-grabbing yuppy in Redmond came up with that idea?! :(

Click on this link before you upgrade. My two cents in a nutshell:

The upgrade prices from XP or Vista to Windows 7 are steep ($120 to $220). If you're running Vista, you may want to bite the bullet because Windows 7 is faster, more stable, boots faster, and manages your files better. Besides, you get rid of Vista. Even with all that, you may want to wait for the first Service Pack.

If you're running XP, I don't see a compelling reason to upgrade to Windows 7, and lots of reasons not to. For one thing, your PC may not be able to handle the new OS. Run the Upgrade Advisor to find out. For another, you'll need to do a clean install, what Microsoft calls "Custom (Advanced)":

1.Save all your files and settings to an external drive, using Windows Easy Transfer. If you don't have an external drive big enough, you won't be able to use Easy Transfer.
2.Deactivate all programs that require activation, such as MS Office and Adobe Suites. Gather up all the installation disks for your programs and any associated license keys. Manually reinstall and activate all your programs after you install Windows 7.
3.Make a big pot of coffee and pray!

. . . . .  Hal Heindel