For those of you who follow me on Facebook
, you probably already got first hand updates as I was going through rebuilding my laptop with the new Windows 7 and getting all my core applications installed. Most of you are aware that I am more of a technical guy, so hardware and applications performance is very critical.
Let's start with my laptop... I currently own a Dell XPS M1710 running Intel Centrino Duo core and 2.5GB in RAM. I know, yes! I use a gaming notebook taking advantage of the processing capabilities and the massive 17" screen. A little outdated when compared to the new XPS, but it still gets the job done!
The goal was to install the following software:
- Windows 7 Enterprise
- Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise, including Microsoft Project 2007 and Microsoft Visio 2007
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Standard with Service Pack 1
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Standard with Service Pack 1
- Microsoft Dexterity 10 with Service Pack 4
- Microsoft Dynamics GP 10 with Service Pack 4
- Support Debugging Tool for Microsoft Dynamics GP 10
- Visual Studio Tools with Service Pack 4 for Microsoft Dynamics GP
In addition, I needed to install Microsoft Silverlight 3, Microsoft .NET RIA Services, Microsoft Virtual Earth Control CTP, and Microsoft Dynamics GP Integration Manager 10 with Service Pack 4.
After all, I am also gearing up for the Microsoft Dynamics GP Technical Conference, so I really needed to showcase all the latest technology -- well, I would have loved to have Visual Studio 2010, but Visual Studio Tools is not compatible yet -- to you the developers out there.The prep work
I started out by backing up my all files onto my home NAS and progressed from there with a checklist of the most important programs I needed after the Windows 7 installation was complete. My goal was not to have a straight upgrade from Windows Vista Service Pack 2, but rather a fresh install as mostly recommended by Microsoft anyways.
Once backups were ready and the inventory of applications was completed came the actual installation of Windows 7.Windows 7 installation.
I popped my copy of Windows 7 Enterprise into the DVD drive and rebooted my laptop. The first surprise was the now graphical installation interface, a long shot away from the old DOS interfaces that plagued previous Windows installations. The interface was pretty intuitive to navigate. I essentially started by reformatting my existing partion. This is where the second surprised come to play. In previous installations of Windows, formatting a partition could take long minutes. Windows 7 completed the reformatting of my 76GB partition in less than 10 seconds. From there on, copying the files and extracting them onto the hard drive was pretty simple. The footprint was minimal too, occupying less than 3GB.
As a laptop user, my major concern is always drivers. Windows 7 did an excellent job recognizing all my laptop components including the wireless... this was awefully cool because, the OS could immediately access other components available online and perform some basic updates at the same time the installation was happening. The only…