Well, that’s a relief isn’t it? And less disruptive too…
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As mentioned yesterday I am now on Windows Seven, so now have the answer to The 2001st post — to seven or not to seven. The answer obviously is “yes”.
- The ACER crapware has gone.
- The computer works faster than it ever has, especially at boot-up.
- I’ve worked out how to back up and have created a Repair DVD.
- Live Writer works.
- It looks nice.
- My stored music plays better.
- Because I installed over XP I wondered why my main disk was so full. Answer: Seven stored an “old computer” file that enables roll-back to XP, but suggest it can be cleaned if you are happy with Seven and everything works. A good idea that, but rather than having around 20 gig devoted to it I have decided I am happy.
- The webcam software didn’t survive the transfer. I suspect I can do something about that, but then I hardly ever use it. **
- My PIM doesn’t work. Solution – install another that does or use the calendar in Live Mail. ***
- There was a lot of reinstalling non-Windows programs and Microsoft Office – but I had most of the relevant disks or set-up files, so that wasn’t too bad.
** Downloaded the software from ACER and fixed it! 🙂
*** Installed Rainlendar.
Sunday lunch, thanks to Sirdan, was rather swish.
It was at Longrain in Commonwealth Street Surry Hills.
Second, Live Writer works again.
Thanks to Sirdan.
It has its own rather simpler version of Live Writer — not nearly as good I have to say. But in the meantime it may prove useful. I notice that Irfan Yusuf favours it for his blogs.
Did you miss me?
Yes, computer trouble again. You see there was this system bug notice over the past week or so every time I booted up. I figured it wasn’t very important, but after a while I thought I would do something about it.
So I conscientiously backed up yesterday morning using the Windows backup tool, and a couple of others which proved as useful as tits on a bull, as they say in the country.
I then backtracked to before the bug started using System Restore. Then I figured I would install the backup.
Fine, the bug has gone. But some things didn’t work, so there was a spate of reinstalling programs yesterday. Sadly I still can’t get Live Writer to work though Live Mail and Live Gallery both work fine.
So here I am on an old friend, Flock — just to see how it goes. I used to use it a few years back. It has improved.
Back to serious posting shortly. But maybe I will go the whole hog and install Windows 7 after all… ??
No, I haven’t forgotten all the other things I mean to post about. I’ll get back to book reviews very soon.
Meanwhile, I have just discovered this neat feature of my Acer:
As you may see in the top left window this feature can be downloaded for other computers: see Split your Monitor into Sections with Acer GridVista.
I spent yesterday morning at Sirdan’s helping out with some minor issues following his upgrading his Windows for Mac from Vista to Windows 7. Sirdan, without whom my Acer wouldn’t exist, offered to buy me Windows 7. I, of course, managed to royally screw Vista, as you may recall, and am now running on XP’s latest incarnation. My computer is singing like a bird as a result, using between 20 and 30% of the available RAM and a CPU usage normally at 0-1%. Not to mention how little, comparatively, of my hard disks — there are two — are devoted to the operating system.
So even though I have downloaded the necessary transfer software I knocked back the offer for now. What about you? Have you upgraded? What do you think of the process and the result? CNet has some ideas.