I am feeling so much better today that I thought I would do something dangerous and possibly mind-boggling. Upgrade from Vista to Windows 7. I have no problem with Vista, it seems to run remarkably well but I have been exposed to Windows 7 and like what I see.
I am not so foolish as to upgrade all three Vista computers at the same time so I have selected a guinea pig, my laptop. Of the 4 functioning computers in the house, it is the most expendable. If I mung it up, I can do a recovery on it and, hopefully, restore it to its previous glory. If I can't restore it completely then it is no loss since it contains nothing that does not already exist on two of the other desktops.
There is a reason its name is Stepchild.
I have done upgrades before and they have gone well so I likely have a false sense of security here. But I also know that the odd disaster can strike at any time. So, I am making my recovery disks (a task I ignored when I first got the laptop) and then doing a full backup to an external HD. This will take a few hours.
If things go as planned, I will be fully a third of the way through my household upgrade plan by the time the Dolphins beat the Buccaneers this afternoon.
But then things never go as planned, do they?
A Night Unremembered
6 years ago