Sun, 23/Apr/2017 15:34

Windows 7 upgrade, part 1

As I mentioned previously, I bought an HP laptop for wife. It came with MS Windows Vista Home Premium Edition and an option to mail in and request a free upgrade to MS Windows 7. I was not excited about the Microsoft operating system nor the upgrade but my wife was. Originally I thought we could cimply wipe the hard drive and install something like Open SuSe as the sole operating system. This is how our desktop computer runs and I thought that would be sufficient. She uses Open SuSe daily and seems to like it. She navigates through many programs, folder/files, word processing (Open Office), picture editing (Gimp) and many other task just fine. I made a small partition on the drive and install ArchLinux. However, this time, she said no to GNU/Linux as the default operating system. This is mostly because she wants games on there for the kids. We ahve a few that operate in MS windows only. We will see how it works.

I read several reviews about performing the upgrade. So when the upgrade disks finally came, I was excited to try my hand at the upgrade.

Since the laptop in question is an HP and the upgrade option is through HP, there are two disks that came. The first disk is from HP and is intended to validate the system; ensuring all drivers are updated. I started at 9:27 PM. There were several dialogue boxes and it did its thing. At 9:30 PM it requested that I reboot the machine. I noticed that the boot menu was not overwritten. 

-- Previously everytime I have installed a GNU/Linux operating system first on a sytem and then installed an MS operating system the MBR, where I put Grub, has been overwritten. Meaning I had to rewrite the MBR and re-setup Grub to enable dual booting. This is a pain at best. Often the easiest solution is to intall MS first and then a flavor of GNU/Linux.

After the reboot, I logged into a user account, not an administrative account, and I put in the MS Windows 7 upgrade disk. After asking for the admin password, it asked a question regarding language and then attempted to install the latest updates.

I will continue writing more about the upgrade process later.





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