February 24, 2011

We finally have our new home PC online but (to quote the Greateful Dead), what a long strange trip it was. I did my best to avoid having a computer guy come out, but between the 60 Gb of music folders and Outlook, I finally had to break down and call in an expert. There were plenty of tech sites to tell you how to get your XP / Outlook 2007 over to Windows 7 / Outlook 2010 (and I must have tried ten different ways to make it happen) but I had no luck. It’s not just about copying folders, there’s some kind of export/import step that got lost on me. But it turned out to be 2 hours at $85 per that was well worth the cost.

Of course, that was only the start. After all the Windows upgrades got loaded all the 32-bit inadequacies of my old system started presenting themselves. First it was my 5-years old trusty Linksys router that stopped working, but fortunately the new Linksys router I bought a few weeks ago by mistake after Butterscotch chewed through my cable modem power cord came in pretty freakin’ handy. And, I have to say, Cisco’s technical support (outsourced, I think, in Malaysia) was absolutely top-notch in getting me and my new secured wireless network up and running in no time. They were really fabulous.

Then I discovered that our 3-year old Lexmark printer is 32-bit and, alas, also DOA under Windows 7. Not that I didn’t try: while installing the printer software I got a message saying I needed Microsoft’s .NET Framework 2.0; the fact that Windows 7 is at a 4.0 level should have told me to quit right then and there. But I nevertheless gave it a shot, only to find my Windows wouldn’t even boot with the printer software installed, so, a frantic Safe Mode cleanup session later, no more Lexmark printer and Windows 7 happy once again.

Fortunately, Tracey’s “40 Thieves” solitaire software still works – otherwise, I’d have to send the whole thing back to Dell. 🙂

So that’s my story, and, like they say, I’m sticking to it. At any rate, we’re up and operational, just needing a new printer to finalize the entire upgrade effort. I do like quality of the video on our monitor. Even though that’s three or four years old it came supporting either analog or digital video cards; Windows XP was analog, Windows 7 digital, and you can really tell the difference.

Tracey especially likes the “Year of The Rabbit” desktop theme available at the Microsoft Windows 7 website.

It’s just the usual technology dilemma – once to decide to go in you’re all in. There’s no half-measures and no going back; you’re living and dying in 3/4 time until you’re 100% in.

Let’s hope this upgrade lasts a little more than 3+ years.

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