Busy Weekend – Installing Windows 7 + More

I started Friday evening installing Windows 7 RTM which I received free from Microsoft as a beta tester. I was actually pleasantly surprised that the download process was fairly quick for the size it was, over 5GB, which contained both 32 bit and 64 bit versions. After receiving a key I installed the 64 bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate on my test box, which is a custom built computer that is about 3 months old, with a dual core and 4 GB of RAM and a Asus mobo.

The installation went extremely well and like the RC version was fairly quick compared to Vista Ultimate. I then installed the beta version of Windows Essentials which is Microsoft’s own anti viral protection system just to see how well it works with the new operating system. Next came the installation of Windows XP Mode, which by the way, is now available to the public. You can get it here. This is the RC version and on my box works very well. After installing Windows XP Mode you must get an anti-virus program to protect this OS as well and I installed AVG.

This morning I started on installing the technical preview of Microsoft’s new Office 2010 Professional version which I will be running from Windows 7. So during the next few weeks or so, I’ll be playing around with the system and new software and will report back with my opinions on the entire operation.

So far everything is running hot, straight and normal with nothing of interest to report.

Comments welcome.

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

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  • Ryan Farmer

    The first thing I did with it was remove Internet Explorer, hide WMP, and install Winamp.

    It’s nice that nothing can force IE open anymore.

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  • Bruce

    Ron – you’re a guy that seems to enjoy his software. Are you familiar with a site called Give Away of the Day? (http://www.giveawayoftheday.com/) It is a site that gives away a different copy of commercial software for 24 hours each day. At the download page you can read user’s reviews and opinions of the current give away and decide for yourself if it is worth your time and trouble. One of the recent titles was Paragon’s disk manager software, for example. I think it is a site a guy, or gal, that loves to try out software will enjoy bookmarking or subscribing to the newsletter.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hello Bruce,
    Thanks for the link. I’ll bookmark the site.
    All the best, Ron