Switching to Windows 7 adventure.

It was time to take the plunge and load Windows 7 on my PC, there were up's and downs to both the preparation to the loading of Windows 7 and also during the loading of 7. I had an external hard drive and decided to use it to help out in the Windows 7 transformation.
I used the external hard drive for the following:
1. Moved all files such as word documents to their own files.
2. I took screen shots of all ham radio programs setting pages to aid in the new set up of each program.
3. I moved my downloads folder which contained most if not all of my programs. 

Once that was done it was time to say good bye to Windows XP and hello to Windows 7. The first step was to have my PC boot from the CD player and not the hard drive. It was off to the bios and make a "simple" change……as Windows loaded I was instructed to push the Del key for bios access. That just did not work I then tried F2, F10 and so on and after about an hour I gave up. To make a long story short it boiled down to the fact that my USB keyboard was plugged into a USB hub. The hub loaded once Windows started to load thus not allowing me to get into the bios page. I plugged the keyboard into the PC and I was into the bios with one press of the Del key!! 
So it was off to change the boot sequence…….once I navigated my way there I found NO CD player listed!! It's hard to boot from a CD player that is not listed in the boot sequence.  And again I say "to make a long story short" It was my fault I was looking in all the wrong places in the bios. The CD player was found and it was changed to the number one spot in the boot order. With that done it was time to load Windows 7. A nice thing with Windows 7 is it will allow you to either load over Windows XP (not what I want to do) or a fresh install which was what I wanted to do.  The first time around for some reason I installed over top of Window XP…..I had to start over with the install! This time I wanted to watch over every step and make sure a clean install happened. So what could go wrong…..well……I was able to get Windows 7 start a clean install and I was warmed the PC would restart several times.  During the first restart a message came up to press the Del key,  I did what I was told and the install started allover  again! Now I seem to be in a loop but it turns out that I should not had done what I was told to do and the instruction to press the Del key would time out and the install would continue. Windows 7 is now up and running and I am now in the process configuring my radio programs……that should make for some interesting future posts…..:)

Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “Switching to Windows 7 adventure.”

  • Gord VE3UGG:

    I think you’ll find that “most” programs will work fine. There will certainly be some tweaking as Win7 does treat some aspects of audio slightly differently than XP. Same for USB. And no, I can’t be specific. You may also find that some software must be run in “XP mode”.

    The biggest issue will be with “help” that you may find on the internet. Some software will SAY they support Win7 and when you read the “help”, you will notice that they switch from Win7 screens to XP screens when the going gets tough. LOL. Win7 is way better overall though.

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good evening Gord, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I have already run into some fun with the sound aspect of 7. I will say it is a bit deceiving of software company’s to say the product is supported in 7 when in fast you have to run the program in XP mode! Oh well live and learn and I guess I will be reading more software reviews on the net before I purchase.
    Thanks again for stopping by and commenting.

  • Stuart WB6RXG:

    I was just wondering how you got Windows 7 to install over (upgrade) XP? Every version I’ve tried it won’t do it. They will only install over (upgrade) Vista.

    Thanks and 73,

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Good morning Stuart, well here is what I did……first off the version of Win7 that I have is professional. I put the CD in the and restarted the PC, then once the screen came up of the type of install you want to do I chose custom. I did this as I wanted to reformat the hard drive…but….I was not able to as the Win7 CD did not boot with the bios. So the only option it gave me was to install over XP and the first time that’s what I did. Give that a go and let me know.I will do some further thinking on it to make sure I included all the info that led me up to the over top XP install.

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