The Pain of Computer Upgrades

This is a little off topic, but I felt the need to write about it… I’m in the process of getting my proverbial “house” in order as far as computers go.

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At the present time, we have three desktop PCs and two laptops, all from Dell. My desktop is the oldest of the bunch from 2007 or 2008 I believe and my laptop is probably older than that. My wife’s computer was just purchased in 2009 and her laptop was picked up late last year or early this year. And my eldest daughter’s computer was just picked up a month or two ago.

All three desktops are running Windows Vista, which I have come to hate as an operating system. The two laptops are running Windows 7. Back in late February/early March 2010, I had to replace the hard disk in my laptop and added more memory while I was at it so I could install Windows 7 on it. That laptop may be old, but it runs great with Win 7 and I have no complaints. It runs better now than it did when it was new.

So what am I doing now? Well, they shipped the latest computer with Vista, though I asked for Win 7 initially. And while updating my computer with the latest virus security suite, it nearly gave me a heart attack by quitting. That was enough to push me over the edge to get everybody on the same operating system.

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Vista sucks. Win 7 runs the way that Vista should have.

However, that means backing up my hard drive… I have something like 250 gigs of data on this thing and it’s going to take a while to move it all to the nice 1 TB Western Digital USB 2.0 drive. Once that’s done, I will open the case and dust everything, plug everything back in and start the Windows 7 install.

Once the install is done, I’ll work on installing apps and get to the real reason I wanted to refresh my computer… Civilization V. That’s right, the world’s biggest time sink for yours truly.

That’s phase 1… Phase 2 will be to do my wife’s computer (and install 4 Gigs of memory to replace the 1 gig that’s there). And finally I’ll get to Phase 3 and update my daughter’s computer. That should be the easiest of the bunch, considering it’s the newest and has the least stuff on it.

So if you’ve been through this process, you understand the pain of a major upgrade. On the plus side, everybody should be happier with the result (including me).

Have a great weekend! I’ll be working diligently here to at least get my computer redone before Monday…
–Fitz

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