Ok, I posted about how impressed I was about the windows 7 upgrade process here
And the main reason I was so impressed is that I did the upgrade to my workstation with the following specs:
– Easily 10 different USB devices & 2 different hubs plugged in at all times
– Firewire used for video editing
– close to 100 applications installed from all over the place.
– VMWARE workstation installed running test machines & extra virtual network devices
– 12 gigs of ram
– two different RAID Configs for two sets of hard drives etc…
bottom line, its NOT a simple computer to upgrade. I work the crap out of this machine daily, and it upgraded fine initially.
And that’s where I’m starting to struggle. Just today:
- I lost the nice Windows Aero feature. Seems pretty hard to get back, which doesn’t make any sense. The troubleshooter can tell me that my desktop manager services aren’t running, but I can’t turn them back on. WHY so complicated? Running this OS without the Aero is dull, I feel like I’m being punished and thrown back to a retro windows 2000 look now. Let me switch it on if I want!! I guess I’ll have to troubleshoot it for hours now to fix it.
- I lost audio randomly, but after 5 minutes of waiting for the “troubleshooter” if fixed the service that wasn’t running.. how did it get turned off? But wait my youtube videos don’t play sound now??
- I’ve had a few programs crash/not work… a crystal reports runtime issue mainly for now…older programs, but still….
- Backup – I have a buffalo terastation, an incredibly simple network storage device that I use for backup on my network. The new Microsoft BACKUP program will NOT allow me to send a backup to a device without Network authentication of some unknown kind, so I can’t do a backup of files to my incredibly simple network storage unit. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!! I have to setup a Microsoft machine on my network for backups??? COME ON!! I literally tried basic auth with a user name and password I was able to config and test, Microsoft backup won’t use it. sweet! I know, I’ll use an incredibly simple file replication tool instead. Just use Karen’s Replicator if you need to run a backup. It actually works over the network.
SO, hang in there, and don’t upgrade yet. Microsoft has some patching to do and I’m stuck grumpy in windows 2000 land with crap I have to fix.