Windows 7 Beta: Installation (Part 2)

OK, after my failed attempt to install Windows 7 a couple of hours ago I decided that I’d watch the Apple Keynote before hitting the sack, whilst this was playing on the iMac I fired up the PC to check that my failed attempt hadn’t destroyed my current (XP) installation and to test the DVD again.

Well the tempation got the better of me. I decided to run the installation from within Windows XP to see if I could get the files copied and unpacked whilst within Windows before restarting into the low level installation stuff.

Well, after expanding 30% of the files the PC restarted anyway! I thought “Here we go, it’ll get to 62% and die again” – but no! Along came 63%… then 64%… 65% etc!

So after unpacking all the files we get a restart, then the main installation, then yet another reboot…!

So finally got it booting up and doing the “preparing for first boot” stuff, usual location, language and timezone questions then very, very simple network installation, much like that on Leopard, one more reboot and I’ll be rolling deep with Microsoft Windows 7!

…erm hold on… it’s come up with “Preparing Windows for first use” again… what’s going on here? It’s ok, false alarm kids – just the desktop needed preparing… (whew)

So I’m now in! I’ll give you the full run down of my experiences of Windows7 over the next week or so, but the first thing I have to tell you tonight is that I am shocked (but happy) that Microsoft are offering the chance to install AVG AntiVirus rather than that abomination known as Norton!

For now friends, goodnight!

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