Making the move to Windows 7

I’ve been planning to be ‘closed for business’ this week for 2 months to give myself plenty of time to do some major updates to my computer – starting with migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7.

The last time I had a fresh install of my OS was in late 2007, so it’s well past time. So Windows 7 came in a very small and very expensive box from Amazon on Monday, and I began the process of getting ready for the hard disk wipe. That included:

  • Making a full image of the entire XP disk, files, OS, etc.
  • Making sure I had all the installation disks (or a place to download them) and license files for all the programs I’ll need to reinstall.
  • Taking a screenshot of my programs directory so I can keep track of what I’m doing.
  • Taking a screenshot of my desktop so I know how that was laid out last time.

So far, I’m very happy. The Win7 install went easily, I’m in the process now of adding my programs back in. I’ve got Thunderbird and Firefox working fine with my old profiles intact, and TrueImage’s complete disk image has come in very handy for moving files around.

I like Win7 so far, very much – it looks great and I’m so happy I’ll finally be able to add four more GB of RAM to my machine. But I didn’t like not having a Quick Launch bar so I went looking for a solution and found this. Very nice, very simple.

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