I am the proud owner of a newly-alive, Dell PC, with a completely new engine and applications!
I never found my missing Windows XP CD. I debated briefly (briefly!) to buy a copy of Vista Home, but I fought off the temptation. If I could wait another two months, I could get the new Windows 7. Why pay for an OS with many customer complaints, and then blow it away in two months? Release Candidate has been out for a while. In the end, I decided to install Windows 7, and rebuilt my machine Saturday night with it. It was surprisingly easy. After doing one last search through my C: drive for errant data, I started it at 1:35am Saturday night, and it finished about 45 mins later. I spent the next few hours checking out the OS, and installing my new apps.
Through an employee program we have at work, I purchased MS Office 2007 for a great price. I then went back and installed a fresh copy of most of my other applications. I also spent time researching and, with mixed success, installed updated Win 7-compatible software. While most apps were compatible, I didn’t find a compatible version of Logitech’s SetPoint software (replacement for their previous Mouseware keyboard/mice utility), and my Acronis backup software is not compatible either.
Lastly, my McAfee Antivirus/Firewall software was free through Comcast, but obviously that’s not available now. I didn’t want to spend more money to buy replacement software, as my cute-as-a-button wife would attack me physically with extreme prejudice. How can I live without anti-virus software in this age of botnets and trojan worms? Was there a solution, besides cheapo AV software?
You won’t believe it, but I found it — a beta program. McAfee offers a Beta Lab testing program, where consumers can sign up to beta test their new programs. I signed up, and am using McAfee Total Protection 2010. So far, not one issue with it.
There are many reviews of Windows 7 out there (with quality screenshots), so I won’t post them here or go into that kind of detail. I will say that Windows 7 is really nice and fast. If you’re interested, download and install Microsoft’s Upgrade Advisor, and find out how your PC stands. If it gets flying colors, get Windows 7.