October 24, 2009
-- by Dave Johnson
So I updated to win 7 last night. It took almost 5 hours.
Partway through it stops on something like "checking files 21%..." It just stuck there, so I started checking online, and people were saying it does that and to just wait. So I waited and AFTER AN HOUR it started going again.
It "does that," but Microsoft doesn't TELL YOU it does that.
Finally installed but everything seems really slow now. Firefox does its "not responding" tihng and goes dim every few minutes. This is a modern computer with a fast processor and plenty of ram.
So after I get it all upgraded it turns out that the anti-virus/backup program I use doesn't work - AND IT'S FROM MICROSOFT!!! It's called Windows Live OneCare. Microsoft doesn't TELL me that this program that I pay a yearly fee for and have a bunch of time left on isn't going to work with their own new operating system.
Here is the worst part - that program is what I used to make backups, and only OneCare can read the backups it makes, so my only backups depended on it working. I can't access the backups any other way, and I can't install the program under Windows 7. I haven't lost anything, but I had to start making a new backup from scratch today because I am going on a trip tomorrow and do not want to travel without a backup.
So get this -- the Windows 7 backup program has been running SINCE 8 AM and it is going on 3 now. And it isn't even halfway done yet!
It looks as though the Windows 7 upgrade is going to take more than 24 hours. And THEN I'll know what is working or not.
Microsoft has a complete monopoly granted by the Bush Justice Department AFTER they lost the anti-trust court case. Remember that? They gave a bunch of money to the Republicans and their think tanks etc., and got let off from all consequences AFTER being convicted? And that is why so many people have to use Windows and Office. Bill Gates still the richest person in the world?
Yes, I know about Mac's I had one of the first Mac software companies. But I have a zillion dollars of software and would have to replace all of it after paying the Apple tax which is about 3x the cost of a comparable PC. But it is looking like I am going to have to switch to Mac.
Update - Total time for updating and several attempts that led to finally getting a good backup made was about 28 hours. I'm on my trip.
So... I said it's looking like time to get a Mac... Well my wife forgot her MacBook Pro power cord so we had to stop at a Mac store and get a new one. $80!!! The Mac tax.
Should I pay the Mac tax and get a Mac or stick with PC?
Posted by Dave Johnson at October 24, 2009 2:50 PM
I made th switch brother Dave. You can too.
Try GNU/Linux, a system alternative to Windows.
I'd say, you get what you pay for. I switched, personally, about 3 years ago. Well worth it, at that time. I understand the software investment, but I'd note that a lot of Mac software is very reasonably priced. iWork, Apple's MS Office equivalent, is $79.00. There are a lot of great free utilities and other software. But, Win 7 is supposed to be good. You might see how things go once the pain of upgrading is past.
Of course, as a Mac user, my advice is make the switch. Try renting or borrowing a mac for a few weeks to see how it would work for you. Also, check out http://www.apple.com/business/
I had a debate several weeks ago with a friend who is running Win 2000 on an older computer. We decided that it was unlikely that he could buy any PC that would do a better job than what he has right now.
I then approached a friend who runs a software-intensive business and moved from PC to Mac about 5 years ago. He will never go back. He also said that he doesn't know how well Macs can run PC (Intel) software because he can always find Mac software that will do the job as well or better.
Linux seems to be a viable alternative if you have someone who knows how to set it up.
I would suggest seriously weighing the idea of going over to Apple/Mac.
I am working in a TV broadcast facility. We have 3 Macs for editing and one PC for broadcasting. The Macs just work, very rarely is there any problem. It seems that once a year, only one of the Macs needs some attention, and at worst it just needs a motherboard reset - we've never once had to re-install the OS or any of the other software (e.g.: editing suite).
Whereas the one PC needs a call to tech support about three times a year, for which we pay a $500 annual fee.
So to sum up, three Macs, no fees, each needing tech support once every three years; versus one PC, $500 per year, needing tech support three times a year. The initial costs are higher up front, but you pay less over the lifetime of the computer.
Oh, and one more thing. Our first editor, Apple's first liquid-cooled tower, leaked it's anti-freeze after two years of use, killing the CPUs and motherboard. This computer was NOT under warranty, yet Apple fixed it completely, new mother board, new CPUs, new cooling system, FOR FREE! That was it's one and only tech support issue since 2005.
Get an Intel Mac.
You've already got a licensed copy of Windows. For ~$80 more plus that Intel Mac, you can buy virtualization software to run Windows and all your existing Windows software. Get Fusion or Parallels; both work well. Virtualbox is a free software alternative (i.e., config is more painful).
Or, you can just use Apple's Boot Camp to boot into Windows when you need it.
That damn percentage bar/counter thingy is a nightmare. Guess it wasn't anyone's "idea" to fix that!
In the 5 hours or so you've spent updating, yes you could have gone to the store (several i reckon), picked out a new mac, come home, had a meal while you transferred your files.
That said, I'll wait until after the New Year before any upgrades. Need to see the full carnage first.
Have you tried Windows 7 compatibility mode for XP to install the OneCare program?
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