After reading strongly positive reviews of Windows & from techies this spring, I eagerly pre-ordered my copy of Windows 7 Professional. Those of you who know me, know that I got a new computer in April (I refused Vista & had XP pre-installed by the computer company). From the first, it was problematic. I reinstalled my entire system in July, and then my computer crashed in August and I had to reinstall again. AAACK! There were still many problems. That’s when it occurred to me that Windows XP is 8 years old. In computer years, that’s amazingly ancient. Physical computers that old barely run current programs. So, given the good reviews & my poor experience (after 8 years of steady use) with XP on my new system, I decided, I’m gonna JUMP in!!
But, because re-installing my XP would take 3-4 days each time, I decided I needed to do my homework. I started by going to Microsoft’s website and follow their directions on Upgrading from XP to Win7. After consideration, I decided that, since XP doesn’t directly upgrade to Win7 (as Vista is supposed to do), I would do a complete “clean install” and wipe my hard drive, while upgrading to the 64-bit version (reasons why found here). [···]