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Vista cometh to my laptop PC, well almost


Today I am taking one for the TechRepublic editorial team and I am installing Vista Premium on my laptop PC. It is a modest machine with a 1.3 Celeron CPU, 512Mb RAM and your basic wireless 802.11b/g connection. I ran the compatibility software Microsoft provided and I was assured there were only minor driver and application issues to overcome.

However, I was concerned that the software identified SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 as potential troublesome software in my installed applications. Shouldn't those applications be updated by the company that made them? My confidence was further shaken when the installation splash screen informed me that the upgrade of Windows XP SP2 could take several hours. Good thing I have some blogs to write.

The initial part of the install went fairly smoothly. New files were loaded and then expanded. The machine went through a reboot and then more files were gathered and expanded. If you do this on your own machine, note that the install hangs on 21 percent for a long time --- don't panic. Eventually it will keep going and get to the installing features and updates section.

Of course after that section, the laptop was once again rebooted. We are now over two hours into this little experiment and I would like to go home, but I'm afraid to stop the process. No telling what sort of Frankenstein monster I would be left with. I just remembered all my music is on this laptop --- must control panic. It says completing upgrade and my fingers are crossed.

But eventually I had to uncross my fingers. It has been over three hours since I started this process and just now the completing upgrade percentage clicked to 18 percent. It is almost 6:00 pm and I think I'll just walk away and let it do its thing overnight. I'm sure everything will be fine. I mean what could go wrong.

I'll report back tomorrow to let you know if I have a useable laptop anymore.

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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.

6 comments
v10charlie
v10charlie

after a 20 hour down load on my slow 1 mb dsl i'm giving it a go on my vista ready gateway laptop this am. i sure hope it goes faster as i'm planing a complete new install and leaving the gateway restore partion just encase . by the way if any one plans on asking gateway how much a disc for your computer from them will cost. they won't even talk about costs yet and only state doing so will void your warrenty. more gateway bs.

Steven S. Warren
Steven S. Warren

Mark: I have been using Vista for awhile now with 512 of memory you should grab a 1gn or 2gb flash key and use ready boost. It will speed up your system significantly. -Steven

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

That sounds interesting. I have the 1 gig flash drive. What is ready boost?

Steven S. Warren
Steven S. Warren

It is what they call the technology...just a name. When you put the usb key in, you will get prompted to speed up your system. Microsoft named is Ready Boost.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I looked it up and now I see it. Unfortunately, it says my flash drive is not fast enough. Seems plenty fast to me, although it is a couple years old. Looks like it's time to add another item to my Christmas wish list. ;)

rdubrey
rdubrey

Good Luck with that. I have installed Vista Ultimate 4 times now and it is a varying experience and it certainly varies based on hardware. 30 mins on my iMac, 2 Hours on one laptop, 1 hour on another. I think you should be fine. Your video probably will be very choppy but the system should boot enough for you to get your music off..... Rob

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