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How bad (or good) was your Windows 7 install?

It has been a week since Microsoft Windows 7 was released to the retail market. So, how well did your installation go? Compare your experience.

I have installed Microsoft Windows 7 on several different PCs during the past few weeks, and I have had no major problems and only one or two minor annoyances. In fact, the Windows 7 installation experience has been downright pleasant compared to the troubles I had with my first Windows Vista installations. But maybe I am just lucky this time.

That is why I am asking for your input in the form of a poll question and the corresponding discussion thread that it feeds. What has been your experience? I have seen a few reports of failed installs and a few more bad installs, but for the most part the general trend has been toward an almost anticlimactic nonevent when it comes to Windows 7 installs.

But let's put this to the test with a quick poll. And when you are done with the poll, take a moment to share your Windows 7 installation experience -- maybe we can learn something from the collected stories.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

72 comments
himanshubansal84
himanshubansal84

installation was really very pleasant.. but after experience is not at all good.. I bought an HP Pavilion Entertainment series Laptop in July'2009 and then installed Windows7 in Dec'09 but the performance is very slow. Most often, the CPU utilization reaches to 100% making it hard to work and every time, I have to wait for 30-4- mins or reboot the laptop forcefully. Is it normal with Windows7 or the specific case with my laptop only?

Steve418
Steve418

Ok ,what went wrong with Windows 7 install? Our family went by what Microsoft's CEO said about going and buying a PC with Vista on it and Microsoft would give you a free up grade to Windows 7. With his promise we went ahead and bought a new unit form Dell with Vista on it think we would get the upgrade ok, beings that was only three days till Windows 7 would hit the Stores and computer vendors. Well the the computer was delivered with Vista on it OK and ran Ok. Now we waited and waited to get the disk or a download. and finally got ahold of Microsoft and told that it was up to Dell to give us aome kind of cupon to get the up grade. and that we did not have the right version to get one. I don't get upset very often but this was the biggest ripp off since Vista came out. Now I am affraid to put Windows 7 on any machine or build one with it on there because what else is in store for us may be hidden between the lines. Oh and Dell advised us that we had to buy a higher grade of Vista to get a free up grade for this new machine, or we would just have waited the 3 days and got the Windows 7. So to every one out there. Iwant to wish you all the luck cause I or my family will not get another Dell computer unless they fix this deseatful practice with us. Microsoft's new OS may be ok as I here about it but when they deal with companys such as Dell. I question that also.

Fred Cone
Fred Cone

I installed Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit over Vista Home Premium 64-bit on an HP Pavilion with an AMD Phenom X4 64-bit PC. First I tried to do an Upgrade install, but when it automatically rebooted during the install, it failed to reboot at all. I had to do a clean install from the Windows 7 disc to get it to boot at all. Fortunately, I had bought and used Norton Ghost 14 to create a drive image of my C:\ drive on another hard drive, so I am in the process of reinstalling my programs, but I was able to recover my data. Unfortunately, Norton Ghost 14 does not run on Win7, so I am waiting for Norton Ghost 15 to be able to fully access the backup and to set up dual boot as I had done with Vista and Win7 RC. I should mention that I installed Win7 RC, and ran it for months with no problems.

billja
billja

loaded onto an old hp laptop which had numerous problems with XP.I requested drivers from microsoft over the internet, and within 24 hours was up and running.That was last August.Admit the specs deprive me of the full experience but its self healing ability has me swayed.Now trying to persuade my 2 students to purchase and upgrade.

Fyrewerx
Fyrewerx

... just like my original Vista installation. I am so glad I abandoned XP in 2007. Now, if I could only get my OS 10 to upgrade as easy from 9 on my Mac, I'd be elated.

denzcam
denzcam

Upgraded two machines from Vitsa Home (32 bit) and Business (64 bit) Editions with only minor compatibility issues reported but resolved on install. Only problem I seem to be having is with both recognising the external HDD on USB connex. One has eSata on the rear panel and works fine but the USB ports wont pick it up.

tvsundar
tvsundar

I bought a preinstalled Dell PC with windows 7 Home edition on 28th Oct 2009 and a week later I have the problem of "BOOTMGR MISSING" and waiting for the installation CD which was not given on purchase. It's traumatic till now.

kburkenheim
kburkenheim

I had rebuilt my machine and done a proper back up prior to the install. The install went better than I expected (every setting on every program was preserved - even some passwords) The only thing that happened was when I first turned the machine, the usb connection to my speakers prevented the machine from even going into bios mode. After removing all usb connections (execpt for the mouse and keyboard) it worked fine. PS I installed the 64 bit version.

rocktrng
rocktrng

We have 6 PCs. We updated all 6 this week (5 destops and 1 laptop ... 5 32bit upgrades and 1 64-bit upgrade). Regardless of the make or model, home-built or off-the-shelf ... all 6 intermittently suffer from brain farts. Windows Explorer just forgets what it's doing and has to be restarted ... thus causing you to lose whatever you were doing on the desktop at the time. So ... thanks for the articles re: how to set up a dual boot. I set my desktop up as a dual boot so I can start up in my very stable XP side when I want to get some serious work done without having to worry about any brain farts.

brucetylermisc
brucetylermisc

I've been using Windows 7 since the RC and had zero issues until the RTM. For some reason my PC will not come completely out of sleep - the LCD stays dark. Searched Google and tried many remedies to no avail. This is the ONLY issue and it's not a big deal to me. From the POST beep, the password prompt appears in 18 seconds and I have a usable desktop in 15 seconds after that - not bad Microsoft (and I hate Microsoft).

jriherd
jriherd

I added a new hard drive for windows 7. Went into bios and disabled controller for drive with xp, enabled one for 7. Installed on new disk. Simply enable controler with the one I want to boot from. I can copy files to external drive and switch back and forth by enabling the controller with the drive for whichever system I want. Works great!

camc98
camc98

Installed went fine (32-bit upgrade version) 3 hrs. Only problem continues to be with Verizon and their AIR cards. The USB works, but slow and often disconnects. Windows 7 then has problem recognizing the Air-card with plug-n-play, eventually leading to a reboot. Other than that, much faster.

TsarNikky
TsarNikky

The 64-bit version was quite uneventful, with only two minor problems: The first was the usual HP LaserJet driver problem. This has plagued me since XP and through Vista. Win-7's default PCL6 undid functionality I had with PCL5. However, HP did not have PCL5 drivers that would work with 64-bit. Nor, did Win-7 provide an alternate set. Eventually, I did find a set of generic PCL5 drivers; but why the hassle? The second was I lost my Touchpad. DELL, of course, did not have drivers available and my old Vista drivers would not work. Luckily, I mostly use a USB mouse. However, I finally found some generic drivers from Synaptics that did work with my Touchpad. Why the hassle? Why can't HP and DELL, supposedly major players, get their act together so a routine Win-7 install would perform seamlessly?

john3347
john3347

My experience INSTALLING Windows 7 (including a few beta and RC installations) has been a satisfactory experience. I will not, however, be transitioning to Windows 7 anytime soon, and probably never, because SOOOO many familiar, useful, efficient features of previous operating systems have been eliminated from Windows 7.

Aetos51
Aetos51

I did 5 upgrade (as opposed to clean/custom) installs: 3 from Vista, 2 from Windows 7 RC1 (Build 7100)and all went off without a problem. There were a couple of minor driver issues which were quickly resolved by reinstalling the drivers, so I guess I can't complain. I'd have to rank it one of the easiest windows installations I've ever done.

mmoran
mmoran

As was the download, install and setup of XP Mode. As have been my test image backups and restores using the built-in utilities. BTW, don't forget to treat XP Mode just like you would a stand-alone XP install -- Windows Update it and install security software on it. I'm currently using Microsoft Security Essentials on both 7 and XP Mode.

Dogcatcher
Dogcatcher

Finding correct instructions for putting the installation files on a thumbdrive (gotta do it with Vista or Win7) was the only hiccup in the process. No installation or hardware problems yet. RTM version is better than the RC version. Beyond the well-done installation process, there remain the UI design issues in Win7. I found at Windows Seven Forums (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/) good tips and advice on ways to restore some XP-style functionality, such as the QuickLaunch toolbar.

TrueDinosaur
TrueDinosaur

I did a 64 bit upgrade to a PC with Vista 32 on it. Process allowed me to format the drive so I did. Basically a bare metal install. Install went fine. Win 7 upgrades applied. Office 2007 installed. System is an I7 920, 6 gig RAM, dual 60gig SSD drives in a RAID 0. Power on to desktop is 40 seconds. Office apps start so fast I can't time them with a stopwatch.

308Tom
308Tom

Initially tried to install from the DVD image copied to a bootable thumb drive. Was going from Vista Ultimate SP 2 to Win 7 Pro with Custom install, and using Laplink to preserve the application installations. Got hung when Win 7 wanted to find a drive with the installed OS on it and failed to do so. Problem resolved by booting from DVD and installing that way - seamless after that changed. BTW, Laplink carried all the applications over just fine too.

jawadsworth
jawadsworth

The install went smoothly, except, when it was finished, there is no record of it being installed. My computer still show vista as the operating system and a search does not turn up windows 7 on the computer at all. I do have the windows 7 splash screen on startup and a few of the features installed. I can reinstall it, which I have done twice, and it will accept my key and validate the installation, but it still doesn't take. If anyone has a solution, I would appreciate hearing about it. I did the upgrade route from vista ultimate to 7 ultimate. 'Thank you.

ghirte
ghirte

I've had no major problems, other than trying to find 64 bit print drivers (and that is an HP problem). Upgraded four machines from Vista, two 32 bit and two 64 bit and the upgrade ran smoothly. Did a fresh install of 64 bit on two machines and had no install problems. Windows 7 really smokes on a quad core Intel running 64 bit with 4 GB of RAM. I'm loving Windows 7, still working on 64 bit print drivers.

rajan.sowri
rajan.sowri

Have done the following three installations of Windows 7: Clean Install Windows 7 64 bit on Windows XP 32 bit Upgraded from Vista 62 bit to Windows 7 bit on my laptop Dual boot (Windows 7 and XP Professional) on my home computer All three installations were smooth. Yes, I faced minor issues on driver. Rajan

Technous285
Technous285

I installed Win 7 Ultimate RC1 (32-bit) to dual-boot between it and XP SP3 (came with system) on my Dell GX520 about 6 or 7 months back, apart from a few things like getting drivers for some things to work, it was about as easy to install as XP Pro or SimplyMEPIS 7 is. I'm currently installing W7 RC1 (32-bit) in a VM on a system I recently built as a XP Pro SP2 gaming rig, and it's been about 2.75 hours (started at about 11:15am local time, currently about 1:55pm) to get to 95% of expanding Windows files in the VM. This is about as long as it would take to get to the stage where I set things like times, dates, user accounts and network settings in XP Pro or even 2000 Pro. By this point in time, if installing SimplyMEPIS 7, I'd have already booted out of the live disc and started doing updates and adding/removing programs I need or don't need. The XP/W7 system is a Dell Optiplex GX520 upgraded to have a 200GB Seagate 7,200 RPM SATA drive (system came with a 80GB Western Digital SATA with XP SP3, which I cloned using P.I.N.G (Partimage Is Not Ghost) 3.0) and 4GB (pair of matched 2GB chips) of DDR2 RAM (system came with 1GB of RAM as matched 512MB chips), with a 256MB ATi Radeon 9250 PCI video card (only PCI card that would work with a ~220W PSU) and ASUS DRW-2014L1 DVD ?R/RW DL Lightscribe. The XP gaming rig is a ASRock 4CoreDual-SATA2 R2.0 (64-bit) with a 3.0GHz 64-bit P4, Western Digital 80GB SATA, 256MB ASUS GeForce 7600GS AGP & 1GB (DDR2) ASUS GeForce 9400GT PCIe video cards, ASUS DRW-0402P/D ?R/RW with 1.5GB of DDR2 RAM (max. 2GB DDR1 ~OR~ DDR2). Whilst it took some getting used to to figure out how to do certain things and tweak others with the new look of W7 (sadly more OSX/KDE4-like that I'd prefer, but sometimes one must make do) I've found other things like the clock & currency exchange gadgets (set to 20% transparency) to be fairly useful for what I often do online that needs me to time-shift or exchange currency rates without having to visit some place like XE.com for their rates. Edit: It's about 2:10pm now, and the VM W7 is JUST getting to installing updates! Talk about taking it's damn sweet time!

Ryk
Ryk

Like some other folks, my machine seemed to balk when it got to "Expanding Windows files (21%)". It stayed there for a good long time and I eventually searched online and found others who had the same issue. Consensus said to let it continue, so I did and everything finished up just fine. Lovin' the snappier performance over Vista.

quincey3
quincey3

Pretty much what I expected. I still do not have audio. I have spent a great deal of time reinstalling programs and deleting stuff from :windows.Old". It is an ongoing process. Hopefully it will be complete when a new driver is issued by the audio/motherboard companies. So the result has been middling. Oh yes, I went from XP to 7 prof. Regards, Quincey

isrcourt
isrcourt

Outstanding! Laptop: VISTA 64-Bit HP to Seven 64-Bit Ultimate upgrade. Desktop: Seven Pro 64-Bit clean install. Desktop (dual boot XP-Seven): VISTA 32-Bit HP to Seven 32-Bit HP upgrade. No problems encountered and all run great.

mark.peters
mark.peters

It was unique, in that, it told me my printer was not supported and I needed to delete it. However, after the installation was completed, it was in the printers folder with a troubleshooting option. I couldn't delete it, troubleshot it, or do anything else with that particular icon. I decided I would try to add the printer anyway, guess what! My printer (HP LaserJet 1000) was listed under the HP Printers in the Add Printers. Why oh why???

Terryjc
Terryjc

Installed Win 7 32 bit upgrade on an Asus EEEPC from XP with no trouble. Works great and love it so far. Tried to upgrade with same custom install on home built desktop from Vista 32 bit to Win 7 64 bit and the install hangs up. Tried unsuccessfully 5 times after reinstalling Vista twice.

bj999w7
bj999w7

My experience with Windows 7 so far has been very smooth. I had tried the evaluation copy of the Release Candidate for a few months and this encouraged me to install Windows 7 Professional 64bit when it was released. The machine is home brew (Asus P5Q SE Plus with Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 GHz, 4GB DDR2, ATI Radeon HD 3650, SB Live! 24bit PCI. Adding a networked printer (HP Laserjet P2015) was fairly easy once I had worked out which driver to download from the messy, complex HP website. I used the latest UPD PCL6 driver (shown as Vista 64bit but OK for Win 7 after wading through the small print several HP web pages later). I also upgraded to the latest driver on the 32bit Vista machine to which the printer is connected! The SB sound card seems to work well with Win 7 which surprised me because I could never get it to work with Vista! BDAbill

jlsmith722
jlsmith722

Flawless. I did an in place upgrade over Vista sp2 and the process was entirely painless. It took about 2 hours total counting post install Windows Update.

Jorge L.
Jorge L.

Installed it with a 3 year old Acer laptop with 3Gb RAM and everything runs fine along with the development tools i use

BoxunloX
BoxunloX

I have had the RC version for a few months now and when co-workers began noticing it on my laptop at work they wanted it as well. As my division's tech I naturally got the job of installing the RC version on many of my co-worker's systems. In all I have completed about 12 installs of the RC version and I have had no major problem. Honestly the only problem I had was installing the OS on a Dell Mini Inspiron 10 netbook and that was due to a video driver issue on Dell's part.

Slayer_
Slayer_

Not some dinky name like Vista? Why not call it Windows 2009 then? it would carry more weight behind it then "7".

DblEdgeSword
DblEdgeSword

I have installed a couple of different times and haven't had any problems at all. It even installed onto a virtual machine easily.

Michael Horowitz
Michael Horowitz

I had partitioning problems doing a clean install on a machine that was running Linux. Linux was in a logical partition, one of two logicals in an extended. I blew away the first logical partition but Win7 would not install into it. The error message bore no relationship to the problem. In fact, the error message said to check the log. What log? Where? After deleting the second logical partition, I was able to get rid of the extended partition and install Win7 into a new primary partition.

Soderlund0712
Soderlund0712

We're running Windows 7 pro 64 bit on the company workstations, have been doing that for 2 months now , and everything's been working seamless. great MS!

athornborough_talktalk.
athornborough_talktalk.

my student windows 7 was easy peasy... Quick and seamless and the (windows Old folder) was a really usefull thing, except I can't MAKE myself delete it, just in case. My only problem, which I will eventually solve, is that my cellphoen software won't install.

star_topology
star_topology

I am shocked that a forum (mostly) full of IT Pros, that they had a positive experience with Windows 7 install. SHOCKED!

maclovin
maclovin

Their expectations are rather idiotic. I don't know what planet Redmond is on (Gliese 581B, hopefully), but here on Earth, in the Sol system, there's a financial crisis for everyone going on right now (AIG bonuses were paid, so we're safe now!) I just don't know how they can expect organizations that already HAVE NOT installed Vista to upgrade all their existing hardware, AND the OS. Also, how they expect that someone that HAVE JUST installed Vista recently will be willing to fork out full price for the latest and (GULP!) greatest Windows platform. Seriously? Some realism might be refreshing.

n.gurr
n.gurr

I do not mean to be harsh but what you are saying is rubbish. If you did some research you would have seen other machines marked as having the upgrade option and presumably noticed that your own did not? I have seen (and still do) many pcs marked with a free upgrade. Then illogically you then blame Microsoft for your unhappiness with Dell. Why let your unhappiness with Dell prevent you from a superior computing experience? If I applied your logic I could blame you for global warming because you once rode a bus. Oh and Windows 7 is great, I would highly recommend it, although it is worth noting that not all versions of Vista are able to upgrade to 7. Please excuse the sarcasm.

mmoran
mmoran

I grabbed a copy of the Laplink app after reading the WSJ review but haven't had the time to try it yet. Did you have any apps that have to be activated online (such as Photoshop), and if so did you de-activate them beforehand and re-activate afterwards, or just do the transfer?

rajan.sowri
rajan.sowri

Please let us know if it is 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 7 Ultimate. In fact, I installed Trial version Windows 7 32 bit on Vista Business for my Laptop. I did not face any problem. The installation is a success.

rpbert4
rpbert4

I had Vista Home premium on my computer and bought Win 7 Pro (early at half price) so I couldn't do a simple upgrade but had to do a clean install. I stopped the install and saved everything I could think of (and luckily a window old file was created. I install went OK but reinstallig everything was a hastle. But some of my programs and equipment that wouldn't run on Vista worked in Win 7. A major disappointment was Windows Mail. I lost a lot of my e-mails and haven't figured out how to recover them. I much prefer Outlook Express. Windows Mail does not provide any improvement. One of their changes was to say "sync" instead of "send/receive". When asked my advice about installing Win 7, my answer has been wait and make sure Win 7 provides something extra that you need. It does for me; i.e Windows XP compatibilty.

rkjobe
rkjobe

Took 15 minutes from disk insert till desktop. I was amazed to say the least. Even picked up my Edimax internal wireless card and set it up. Mine was a fresh install (Win 7 Pro) and I did do my homework before venturing (drivers, software, etc...). The only issue I have is my Floppy drive does not function properly and it seems to be with the AMD chipset.

tweakerxp
tweakerxp

for one little thing, I was excited about getting W7 installed and put the dvd in the cd drive. DOH!! :) After a system error I looked down and realized what I had done. LOL Put it in the dvd drive and off we went! Smooth as glass!! I'M LOVING IT!! W7 ultimate on a home built gigabyte mobo, 4gb ram, 320 hd, AMD940 quad BE.

jeslurkin
jeslurkin

I have not installed W7, but was disappointed to read your experience. I have come to decide that an extended part. and logical drives are highly desirable (for me.) (Confirmed multi-booter.) :) Perhaps I could install to an empty primary, and a cloning program will let me clone it to unallocated space in the extended part. Thanks.

marie.truman
marie.truman

I installed Windows 7 on my Dell Mini 12. 1.6-GHz Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM, with a 4,200-rpm, 60GB hard drive. Since I bought this Mini I have tried XP, Ubuntu, and Vista Home. With each one I had some issues with it. When I installed Windows 7 I was quite surprised how easy the install was. I still have one unknown hardware device, but I believe I've figured out what it is now and supposedly the Vista driver will work. It runs much faster than Vista about the same speed Ubuntu ran. I even installed Office 2007 and can run several programs at one time. Typically on Vista I received out of system resource errors. Right now I really like it and might upgrade my main laptop too. But I still need to investigate the newsed Ubuntu release so we shall see.

JamesRL
JamesRL

Even Microsoft can learn from past mistakes, and I think that the Vista install gave them plenty of learning. Besides, 7 is based on Vista so its less a radical leap than an evolution. I don't see the numbers because I haven't done it yet. I probably will but will wait until SP1. Thats what I did with Vista and it was much less painful for me that for the early adopters. James

isrcourt
isrcourt

Yeah, I saw that comming in, but I use Mozilla Thunderbird so it wasn't an issue. I just copied the MAIL folder back in after Windows 7 was installed. Did your upgrade (Windows.old) folder have a PST or OST file? If so, you MIGHT be able to recover your e-mail into Windows Mail (via Windows Live download)

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