Windows 7 upgrade, part 4
I have been stalled for some time in my progress in upgrading my wife's HP laptop to MS Windows 7. I received an error during the upgrade and MS Windows Vista shut it down.
I figured I would just have to re-install Vista and perform the upgrade on a fresh install. I didnt have time and thus procrastinated the day.
Today my wife was trying to install a game onto the laptop and it would not allow the game to install, even with entering the admin password. It needed, for some reason, the user to actually be an admin. I tried to log in as the admin and it failed. the password was accepted and it proceeded about 15 seconds. Then it simply failed saying "the user profile can not be loaded" and returned to the login screen. This was not acceptable. I spent a bit of time with google trying to find a solution to the problem. I found the solution here. In order to boot into safe mode I had to pull up the msconfig dialog and tell it to always boot into safe mode. It then auto-logged in and assumed I had admin privileges. Once I changed the registry key I changed the msconfig back to a normal boot process.
As soon as I logged in as the admin I was prompted to put in the upgrade disk to finish the upgrade. Apparently you need to be logged in as the actual admin (or a user with admin privileges) not just as a user with access to the admin password. It finished in less than an hour.
Thus total time I spent trying to get the upgrade to work was less than about 5 hours. This includes time spent with google and trying to log in as the admin. Also includes trying three times to get the data to copy to the system.
After a reboot I was running MS Windows 7. I must say the hidden backgrounds are beautiful! but I will leave that for another day. As for now, I actually like the feel of MS Windows 7 including the menu. I know, for someone that prefers GNU/Linux this is heresy.