Wait -what? Did I just say that Chelsea and I, two Apple enthusiasts, like a (gulp) Microsoft product? Why yes, I certainly did.
I posted about a month ago about my new computer, and in that post promised to review Windows 7. Well, this is not the post for that. I will try to get to that eventually, though there are plenty of other reviews online if you are interested.
All you really need to know, is that I am very impressed with Windows 7, and would recommend it to anyone. I realize it is still in the early stages, and we have yet to experience a major security flaw, but I am happy. So happy actually, that I convinced Chelsea to give it a shot.
Above is a screen shot of Chelsea’s new computer. Thanks to a solid endorsement from Ed, she recently purchased an Asus Eee 1008HA. Hopefully I can encourage her to do a review of her new netbook, vs the old one she had (Dell Mini 10v). Anyway, her new computer showed up, and I wasted no time and promptly disassembled the entire machine just to upgrade the RAM from 1GB to 2GB. Not an easy task, but one I hope will be worthwhile. To give you an idea what her new computer is like, here it is next to her old Apple iBook.
Her Eee is a tiny 10 inch, 1.1 kg super-portable laptop. I won’t go into discussing the additional reasons for this purchase, but mention that the option of installing Windows 7 over Windows XP was appealing given my experience with the OS. Luckily, Microsoft is actually offering a really good deal for switching to Win7. Anyone with a .edu e-mail address qualifies for an “upgrade” edition of Microsoft’s new OS for $29.99! AND if you look in the right place on that site, you can find the “Professional” edition, which is better than the “Home Premium”.
One caveat of “upgrade” editions, is an upgrade is never as good as a “clean install”. Well, thanks to the power of the internet, there is a fix for that too. I was able to clean install Windows 7 onto her netbook from Windows XP using the student upgrade version. First I created my own Windows 7 DVD from the .exe I downloaded from Microsoft.
The reason I decided to go through the hassle of that, was in case I need to install it again, I’ll have the disc. Then I just ran the installer and chose custom install instead of upgrade. It was that easy. Everything installed in ~30 minutes, and I completed updating all the drivers in another 15. That is amazingly fast if you have ever installed a previous version of Windows.
A quick install of the Office 2007 programs she’ll use, and here she is with that big smile I love. I think she rather enjoys playing with her new toy. I know I enjoyed setting it up for her.