Windows 7

Posted by Derek
Aug 18 2009

Everyone’s been raving about how much better Windows 7 is over Vista. I chucked vista after about a month and went back to my old OS (non-windows). So, since everyone’s insisting this thing’s so good, I gave it a shot today.

After 12 hours of fighting the installer I finally got to the desktop. That alone is going to make me drop it, because if this is the Release Candidate, I don’t want to do a repeat of today when the release is out.

Here’s what happened. I’d boot the installation media for the 64bit OS. It would load up, give me the language selection, all that jazz. As soon as it present the list of disks to install to, it’d tell me:

Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition. See the setup log files for more information.

Now, I’d gotten a similar error to this with a Vista install, once upon a time. After two DAYS of fighting that, I finally discovered it was because the boot volume in the BIOS was not the same as the disk I was attempting to install the OS to. This was not the case today. I went through the normal gamut of troubleshooting, going so far as to pull all other disks’ power cables; I even went and grabbed a bios update and flashed the motherboard. Nada. As to the install target, I wrote zeros to make sure all partition data was gone. Nope, sorry.

After the 11th hour (it was midnight by this time) I finally thought to try an upgrade from vista… Which meant, of course, reinstalling vista. It went in with no problem for a change. As soon as I hit the desktop I fired up the win7 install, and I’m now sitting at its desktop.

This shit is a pain in the ass. And people make fun of me for using a Mac? Go to hell.

(The sad part is Spore runs better on the windows side of this box. /cry )

6 Responses

  1. Derek says:

    As an aside, I may not have a piece of paper claiming my intelligence, but I have worked on PC hardware for a little over 10 years. I’ll be the first to admit there’s people out there with more knowledge than me, but I’m no slouch. This piece of crap did not want to install and I can’t find a form anywhere to tell MS about my “experience” and how it’s going to keep me as an Apple customer.

  2. hans44 says:

    Let me be the first to say that Mac is DEFINITELY easier to use in this respect. I made the transition just over a year ago, and I’m glad.

    I still have an XP-box that I use for playing the few PC games I enjoy (Steam games, Wolfenstein 3D, occasionally Lego Star wars).

    I plan on buying a Mac Mini within the next year, and setting it up to dual-boot XP so that I can still play these games, but dump the GIANT DELL TOWER.

  3. Not sure why you’d waste time with RC1 when the RTM has been out for a while now. RTM runs excellently on my ASUS G50. Far, far better than Vista did. You’d think a P8400 C2D and 4gb of ram would make Vista fly, but it doesn’t.

    I could go on about the weird crap I’ve run into with Macs, but whatever. Besides my hate for Apple’s love of locking everything down, I have no respect for a company that designs a phone that allows SMS messages access to root priveleges. That’s just silly beyond belief. Yes, it’s fixed, but something like that should never exist to begin with.

  4. Derek says:

    There wasn’t an option to download the RTM on their site, when I fetched it. Just says ‘download the release candidate’ at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/download.aspx

  5. No, they’d like you to pay extortionate fees for an MSDN subscription to get Win7 RTM media early.

    Fortunately, there’s many, many other places on the net it can be found…

  6. baltakatei says:

    I agree, a Mac is a time saver. I don’t have the same amount of free time as I used to. I can’t afford to spend hour-upon-hour fiddling with Windows to get it to do what I want. That time saved alone is enough to justify the extra cost.

    Nice to see you still exist, Mr.

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