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Upgrading to Windows 7 – EYWTK but were too afraid to ask

Moral of this story: have a backup plan, that is, go and purchase an external hard drive (spend as much money as you want but about $100 will get you something) for peace of mind and be able to do what webDotWiz did in the following:

Attempt 1 – upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium using the Upgrade DVD

1707 Monday 02-Nov-2009

Read that antivirus must be turned off. Also know from doing a Windows 7 install on a new machine that Windows Live OneCare is not compatible with Windows 7 so uninstall Live OneCare. Will install Microsoft Security Essentials after upgrade finishes to have antivirus protection.

Put Windows 7 upgrade DVD into drive, click Setup and away it goes. All should be ok since it’s a Vista machine, only one year old. All up to date.

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Step 3, Expanding Windows Files (21%)… hasn’t moved – ummm. Better look up if anything wrong.

Go to Windows 7 forums at http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windows7 and see there’s a thread Install, upgrade and activate so have a look through.

There are plenty of posts about the install upgrade hanging at 62% (fixed a day or two later) – what about 21%?

Yep, here’s one… http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7install/thread/e2d5bd45-04f4-4c82-82a0-f89bb0773c3e

Be patient, one post said, so we’ll just leave things as they are and see what comes up in the morning…

1530 Tuesday 03-Nov-2009 – Melbourne Cup Day

Watch the Melbourne Cup and press the RESET button on the front. The Windows 7 installer is supposed to roll us back to Vista… gritted teeth and fingers crossed for an hour or so – at least the disk light flashes now and then.

1630

Vista restored.

Take advice from other posts on the Windows 7 forums and download, install and run the Windows Upgrade Advisor.

Nothing really anything of consequence except a mention of an ATK 0110 ACPI utility – uh, what? Do a Bing search and find it’s an ASUS virtual driver used if overclocking. The Upgrade Advisor says not to worry and install the driver after Windows 7 installs. Ok, I’ll accept that.

Also forum posts suggest looking at what apps are installed so uninstall some stuff that hasn’t been used for ages or could cause problems (e.g. Verdiem’s Edison power management utility which powers down the monitor and computer after a set time).

Also unplug the external hard drive on a USB port. Uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials (installed after Vista came back up, just in case).

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In goes the upgrade DVD and setup is run.

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Have to restart because there are some updates which download and require a restart.

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Upgrade restarts.

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Upgrade actually gets under way.

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At Expanding Windows files (21%)… – fingers crossed.

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Still at Expanding Windows files (21%)…. but have seen the disk light glow now and then – perhaps this time 🙂

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Expanding Windows files now at… 29% – bewdy

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At 45% – going like a Bondi tram.

And I’m off to bed to see what tomorrow brings.

0700 Wednesday 04-Nov-2009

At step Installing features and updates…. wow, seems like we’re getting somewhere.

One post on the forums said be Patient so am doing that…

Leave things as have to be off to supervise exams.

1500 or so

Home to see how things are going. Well, after this length of time, expecting to see the Windows 7 screen.

But no…

Ahh………

Hit the Reset button and eventually we’re rolled back to Vista Home Premium.

Alright, have about 45 minutes to get to the shops to buy the Full install version of Windows 7 Home Premium.

Before jumping in the car, check prices and get Vista to start a full back onto my external drive. Just in case.

Back up is taking ages so off to bed.

0650 Thursday 05-Nov-2009

Put in Full install version DVD and start install.

0745

Windows 7 starts. Yippeeee!!

What were the problem(s) that didn’t allow the upgrade to finish?

  • Realtek high def audio driver for Asus M2N-MX SE Plus motherboard (drivers did appear for a day or so; webDotWiz downloaded & installed them but doesn’t full sournd sound; new driver for Windows 7 hasn’t yet become available)
  • some other app (perhaps Live Mesh which had forgotten to uninstall and could have helped the upgrade)
  • that ATK 0110 ACPI utility – who knows

Because webDotWiz had a backup (through Live OneCare) before he started the upgrade, he was able to safely roll back to Vista when the upgrade didn’t work out. It would be a different story without a backup of his photos and documents.

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Windows 7. Chill out people

Courtesy Steve Clayton:

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Finally some sense from Jack Schofield at The Guardian

Quite why anybody’s bothered about Windows 7 at this stage remains a mystery. Nobody knows what it will be like, except that it’s based on Vista, with all the same plumbing, not on XP.

Peace. Why people spend so much time trying to find out what’s coming next is beyond me. Okay so people like to get the scoop but really does anyone care *that* much about a product that is quite a way off? I have access to a tonne of information inside Microsoft using our corporate intranet search but how many times have a I searched for details on Windows 7? Precisely zero. I just have better things to do. Doesn’t everyone else?

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Is this fairdinkum? – Adding Page Numbers to Google Documents

webDotWiz came across this just a few minutes ago on the Google Operating System blog which is:

An unofficial blog that watches Google’s latest attempts to move your operating system online.

Here’s what you’re advised to do:

Google finally realized that the headers and footers from Google Docs have almost no real use, as you can’t add dynamic information like page numbers or the current date. Until Google adds these options in the interface, you can edit the document’s HTML code to use them. To add a header that displays "Page (current page number) of (total number of pages)" , click on "Edit HTML" and add this code at the beginning of the document:
<div style="text-align: right;" class="google_header">Page <span class="google_pagenumber">1</span> of <span class="google_pagecount">1</span></div>
When you save the document as a PDF, the header will look like this:

For footers, you should add this at the bottom of the document, in HTML view:
<div style="text-align: right;" class="google_footer" id="google_footer">Page <span class="google_pagenumber">1</span> of <span class="google_pagecount">1</span></div>
It’s a good idea to go back to the rich text editor quickly if you don’t want to see the horrible code generated by Google Docs. The "dynamic" headers and footers are visible only if you export the document to PDF, for example to print it.

The link to the above is http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2008/03/adding-page-numbers-to-google-documents.html.

Is the ordinary person who wants to use a straightforward feature of any wordprocessor that’s been around since Word 1.0 expected to use HTML view to get page numbering working in Google Docs?

As someone who helps out people with their computing skills, webDotWiz can only roll his eyes, shake his head in wonderment and then stare blankly at the wall at this sort of stuff. He wouldn’t dare show his webDotWizards this sort of stuff – he’d been greeted with howls of derision and more if he even attempted to do so. Anyway, he’d much rather have the webDotWizards so something useful.

Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life – Breaking the Social Contract: My Data is not Your Data

Dare is a member of the Windows Live Team and works on how Windows Live users can responsibly be connected with friends. This is his conclusion to a couple of articles he’s written about my data is not your data (to use his words).

Read this article (link below) and take the time to go through his earlier ones.

Note that webDotWiz has added emphasis to Dare’s last sentence below.

Lots of geeks have focused on the fact that since it was possible for Robert to manually extract this data, then then people sharing data with him shouldn’t complain since they gave him access to the data. This ignores the fact that just because something is technically possible doesn’t make it right even if it is legal. Just because it is technically possible for you to read the RSS feed for my blog and republish it on a splog so you can make money from AdSense ads doesn’t make it right. Just because it is technically possible for you to view my photo albums on Windows Live Spaces doesn’t mean I’d think it was OK to use Omar’s Send to Smugmug script to republish these photos on Smugmug. Just because you have my phone number doesn’t mean I think it is OK for you to share it with all your drinking buddies that want to work at Microsoft and need a recommendation. And so on…

In all of these cases, there the social contract between us would have been broken. This is independent of whether it’s technically possible for you to do these things by hand without needing a script or whatever.

Taking my data and sharing it with a third party without my permission isn’t cool. Just because I shared information with you doesn’t give you the right to share it with others.

Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life – Breaking the Social Contract: My Data is not Your Data

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