I’ve had Windows 7 Beta installed on my personal laptop since it became available for download back in January, and I’ve really enjoyed using it. However, since I found out that, starting July 1st, copies of Windows 7 Beta will shut down every 2 hours, I thought it might be time to go ahead and install the RC. The thing that was holding me back was that there’s not an upgrade path from the Beta to the RC, so I would have to do a clean install of the OS. My machine was probably not due for a Windows reinstall quite yet, but it never hurts. 😉
I also decided to take the plunge into 64-bit for the first time, and it hasn’t been too painful. The only thing that I ran into was that shell extensions for 32-bit programs don’t show up. Fortunately, the three programs that I want the shell extensions for (Tortoise SVN, 7-Zip, and Vim) all have some form of 64-bit version available, so I’m all good.
The most painful part of the rebuild process by far was installing SQL Server 2008. There are several downloads on the download site, and the descriptions of each have been so marketing-ized that you’re not even sure what the difference is between them all. Once you’ve got the right one (maybe, who can tell?) downloaded, the installer is so cluttered with options and “upgrade analyzers” that it’s difficult to tell how to actually install the product. The install experience needs some serious rework.
The other thing I’m going to have to do is reinstall GRUB, because right now I can’t get to my Ubuntu install, but I think I’ve found a good guide to doing that here. Wish me luck!