Downloading Vista RTM
Only 18 minutes left. I'm downloading Vista off of MSDN right now at a speedy 2 megs a second.
I've been running RC2 on my main machine at home since it came out and I've had a MUCH better experience than RC1.
My RC1 experience was very Beta 3, shall we say, and it kind of soured me.
However, I got to play with RTM on a few Microsoftie's machines at TechEd Europe last week, and my own experience with RC2 and ReadyBoost (using an Apacer Handy Steno) has been stellar. Only one blue screen in the last three weeks, and that was an ATI Display Driver bug.
I'm hoping to upgrade over RC2 (ya, I know, that's not very clever, but I'll try it if it's possible, as I REALLY don't feel like paving my machine again this year) and I'm wondering what order I should do things in.
I think I will:
- Remove all things Office 2007 Beta 2 TR from my current Vista RC2 installation
- Upgrade to Vista RTM
- Upgrade to the Beta ATI Drivers for Vista RTM (Catalyst 8.31.100)
- Install Office 2007 Professional
- I'll skip the other apps like InfoPath, OneNote, and Visio, until I hear that they've got this whole product key thing fixed. (Right now, even though a product key is supposed to allow 10 activations (and really should be 10 PCs) it only allows one application!)
Sound like a plan?
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I'm hoping to do a complete repave this time, my current WinXP installation lasted since january, so I can't complain, but too much crap installed now, that the machine deserves a clean start :)
Hopefully I'll have some time in a couple of weeks to clean up my dev virtual machines as well. There are a few optimizations I saw a few weeks ago that I want to try.
Or have I missed something?
I'm confused - you're downloading RC2 and Microsoft bosses are saying "most stable Windows release ever" and "its off to the manufacturers already".
Save yourself 3 hours, repave. That's what I'll be doing this weekend. Crud.
If that isn't an omen I don't know what is. I think Vista will be dual-booting on my work laptop for a while. :)
I would like to run Vista with 4GB, but since 32bit can't cope well with it, I'm thinking of installing the 64bit version... Sadly, I read that many people have trouble finding the right drivers...
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