Migrating to Windows 7
Yesterday, I upgraded my work PC to Windows 7 professional. I wanted to give the upgrade a try and see how it would go, but normally I prefer to do clean installs. The upgrade process took about 2-3 hours but did retain all my applications and most settings. I did have to remove some HP software that came with the PC, but overall it wasn’t too bad. I had some additional trouble with Ultramon that caused some errors and weird behavior with the taskbar. Here are some observations so far:
1. The taskbar is taller and takes up more screen real estate. This isn’t necessarily bad, but takes some getting used to. It makes the icons look smaller.
2. The quick launch bar has been transformed into something different, mabye better, not sure yet. I was dismayed to find out that the upgrade had wiped out my quick launch folder completely, all my pre-arranged shortcuts were just gone! I found a way to work around this by creating a new quick launch folder manually and moving shortcuts that I wanted in the list. I wish I had backed up my quick launch folder before the upgrade!
3. The transparency is nice, but at times a little weird. Since the top inch or so of many apps is now transparent, it seems like your apps are not maximized or as if there is a big gap at the top of the screen.
4. I think its cute how the new network connection icon in the task bar looks like it has a pitch fork in it. 🙂
5. I like the new start menu, specifically the ability to expand options for programs such as RDP. Now when you go to RDP in the start menu, it gives you an expandable list of recent connections, which I think is nice, even though I use mRemote to organize my RDP connections.
6. Performance seems good, the PC boots up pretty fast especially considering it was an upgrade install.
The official upgrades for my home computers will be available in a few weeks, so I’ll post back later on with more observations.