This has proved to be a non trivial process. The install was not too bad, but I’ve had more than on problems before, during, and after. My upgrade experience has been complicated by the fact that I have been rearranging the topology of my network in the process, adding new hardware and generally complicating the process.
The first thing I wanted to do prior to installing Windows 7 was make a full backup of the system. Those that know about these things would way that was a wise and prudent thing to do.
Vista Backup Crashed
Vista backup has been prompting me to do a full system backup for a while, I’ve just been doing a weekly incremental backup. So, fumble my way through Vista Backup only to get the following.
“The backup was not successful. The error is: The system cannot find the path specified. (0x80070003).”
I think the error is about the output device for the backup. I have been backing up to a USB 2.0 external hard disk (my USB network – pivoting through a USB hub). Well this can be a bit “flaky” the drive can drop out (disappear in Windows Explorer). Sometimes it will come back with a view the computer in Explorer, sometimes it takes resetting the power to the disk.
- Backup and recovery tool (more on this below)
- Find another topology which makes things more stable (more on this below)
Finding Another Backup Tool
The lat Friday night was on. I looked at a couple of the main names Norton’s, McAfee. Both looked OK, a but bit pricy. Settled for Acronis® True Image Home 2010, had 2 features on the web site which grabbed me:
- It’s cheap,
- It has a 30 day free trial. Given I thought I was dealing with a dodgy USB connection to the external drive, I needed to test it to see if it would
“skate over the cracks”.
Backup With a 10 Minute “Fix it” Time Window
The Acronis tool does help “skating over the cracks”. The USB drive did drop out a number of times, Acronis puts up a dialogue which gives enough time (10 minutes) to get drive back on line. After many resets, and taking a shower with a 8 minute timer set (just so I could check that the drive had not fallen out, and my “time was up”), I achieved a full backup of the system.
Choose a Version of Windows 7
After looking at the feature sheet for Windows 7 ( Window 7 – Compare editions ), I decided that a upgrade of my “Home Premium” version of Vista to Windows 7 is all that I needed. The features above the “Home Premium” version of Windows 7 I did not think I need included:
- XP mode in Vista (except for Civilisation),
- Backup to network (the USB “network” had problems) but I did not think that I’d need it. It would turnout to be a problem (but it will be),
- Join a domain (not applicable for my one machine network – but it could be – more on this later),
- BitLocker – not something I feel the need for.
- 35 Languages – default English is fine with me.
Installation Slow – But hangs at 62%
The slowness is something which I accept. It’s a big job to dance around all of the installed things, and put a new Operating System onto a machine.
Hanging at 62% posed a bit of a problem form me. I’ve only one machine at home, and that was somewhere between Vista and Windows 7, and I needed the internet to check up on what I should do. Only solution was to go into the work office, and look it up on my machine at work. There is a note to myself here to think seriously about getting a second machine (possibly a net book – 10 inch notebook – but I’d love a Microsoft Courier or what ever they call it when it comes out).
The hang at 62% is a known bug. ( Upgrade stops responding (hangs) at 62% when you upgrade to Windows 7 ). The solution:
- Terminate the install/upgrade if Windows 7. A pretty painless part of the process.
- Let the process unwind the Windows 7 install. This took over an hour. Something which I sort of expected, but maybe not that much.
- Get back into Vista, and jump up onto the internet. Lookup the web page in the above link.
- Run the “Fix It” on the preceding link.
- Start the Windows 7 upgrade process again.
- A couple of hours later I went to bed.
- Next morning, Windows 7 is installed. I could dig into the logs and see just how long this upgrade took, but life’s too short to spend reading logs for processes which have worked.
Not quite, there’s a bit of sweeping up to do. I’ll get to that in the next post.
A seek peek at what is still to come.
- A Terabyte of network storage.
- Windows 7 features:
- what you can’t do with “Home Premium”.
- what I don’t like!
- Rearranging my network topology.
- Upgrade options, and plan, to move from 802.11g (thankyou Mr Telstra for old technology) to 802.11n.