I’m upgrading my home PC to Windows Vista using the Beta 2 version just released by Microsoft. Here’s my story.
Before I even considered updating to Vista, I ran the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor which found no impediments to installing Vista.
Here’s my base system specs:
- Intel Celeron 2.4GHz
- 768 MB RAM
- 230 MB Disk (useful space) in two partitions
- DVD burner
- CD burner
- NVIDIA GeForce FX5500 (256MB memory)
- 10/100 Network card
And my peripherals:
- Logitech wheel mouse
- Microsoft multimedia keyboard
- HP PSC 1510 (printer/scanner/copier)
- HP Photosmart 935 camera
Here’s what I encountered during the install process. I apologize if the steps are out of order at all.
- First off I made sure to copy my files to a separate partition on my hard drive.
- Then I popped in the DVD and started the installation.
- The first screen asked me to check with Microsoft to download the latest installation file. The installer took a while to find the file (busy server at Microsoft I think), but once it did, the download was very quick. The installer then quit and restarted.
- Next, the installer continued with the Collection information step. During this phase, it identified three pieces of software that I had to remove before it would continue. I had to un-install McAfee Security Center (and by extension my McAfee anti-virus software), Windows Defender, and Real Player. I had to close the installer; the installer gave no option to go back and repeat this phase. I went to bed at this point and started again this morning.
- Next I removed the required software and restarted the computer (Anti-virus software required a reboot to un-install).
- I then restarted the install process, and re-downloaded the installation file. No further warnings appeared, and installation proceeded.
- The next stage was to select which type of installation I wanted to do. I chose to do an Upgrade Install as I didn’t want to have to re-install all my software. The only other option was to do a custom install which apparently would’ve allowed me to choose to do a clean install as well as disk options (partitions, formatting, etc…). I didn’t examine the options at all, so I can’t comment on what’s down that path.
- The Upgrading Windows window then sat on my screen for quite a while. There are five steps to the process as follows:
- Copying Windows files – copies files from the DVD – would appear to be limited to the speed of your DVD drive and the IDE bus.
- Gathering Files – DVD activity seems to be non-existant; disk activity is variable. It took a long time at 91% and a very, very long time at 99% before proceeding.
- Expanding Files
- Installing features and updates
- Completing upgrade
- Installation failed sometime in the last three steps. I heard the PC reboot at least twice but wasn’t sitting watching it. I’m going to attempt to do a clean install now. Will start another post to display the results of that attempt.