Friday I got hold of a license for Windows 7 64.bit and now my T61 is upgraded! If any of you Windows XP/Vista users out there is wondering if Windows 7 is something for you, I will try to write something about my experience upgrading my computer this weekend.
First off I had to make a backup of my documents from my trusty Windows XP installation. This is in fact very easy in my setup, I will tell you why later. After the backup was done I was ready to put the Windows 7 Business 64.bit CD into the CD-rom! The new operating system booted straight away and I didn’t have to make many changes from booting to enjoying my new Windows 7 desktop. In fact, Microsoft has made it supereasy this time with a lot of drivers bundled with the Windows installation and support for downloading drivers for other devices directly from “Windows Update”. This is not new in the computer-world – different Gnu/linux installations has been just as easy installing the last years, but the improvement from Windows XP is huge (and so it should be.. the world has changed the last ten years). I never installed Windows Vista on this computer, so I don’t know if it was just as easy getting all my devices to work there, but anyhow – kudos to Microsoft.
In my case, Lenovo has produced a beautifull piece of software named “ThinkVantage – System Update” which install the necessary software and drivers giving my Thinkpad the “Windows 7 Enhanced Experience”.
From Lenovo.com :
“Run Windows® 7 to its true potential
Lenovo worked closely with Microsoft during the development of Windows 7 to engineer PCs that enable users get the most out of the new operating system. This unprecedented partnership resulted in PCs with Windows® 7 Lenovo Enhanced Experience certification. This exclusive certification identifies Lenovo PCs that are unmatched in functionality; computers that deliver faster start-up and connection times plus more entertainment and business features than ever before.”
I have made a small installation slideshow here, showing just how easy it was. This is in no way a how-to. Don’t be afraid to ask if you need help installing Windows 7!
When booting your computer with the Windows 7 CD inside you should get a prompt asking you if you would like to boot from the cd. If you press any key, this next picture will show. If your computer boots into your old installation, not asking if you would like to boot from CD, your boot order in Bios is most likely wrong.
Choose Custom installation if you want to make a fresh installation from scratch.
When configuring your harddrive you could just erase your whole harddrive alltogether using one large partition for C:. Myself I use one partition for my operating system, and one partition for my documents. This makes upgrading later and backup of my documents much easier (this is my oppinion though)
Recommended settings is… recommended
Home network for home – In Windows 7 choosing “home network” will make file/mediasharing within your home local network a breeze!
Finished! It’s beautifull!
A quick look in device manager shows that a few devices is not supported by default. You could try running Windows update to see if this helps, if not you can download Windows 7 drivers from your computers maufactor.
Making my second partition the home of my documents. As you can see from the naming Data (D:) now is “My documents”. Yes, C: is named Workbench – from the good old Amiga days!
And here it is – customized with a beautifull wallpaper and ready to use! Enjoy this great product!