Making the move to 64-bit Vista -- Finally!
Yeah, yeah, it took me long enough. What can I say?
I finally bit the bullet and installed Vista Ultimate x64 Edition on my laptop. As I mentioned last month, my Vista upgrade path was not as smooth as I had hoped, since I was going to be forced to perform a clean install, but I must say that the actual installation process is a dream. I can't be sure how long the actual installation took, because I set it in motion and went away to watch some TV, but when I came back, it had completed the install and moved all my old folders (Windows, Program Files, Program Files (x86), and Documents and Settings) into a folder called Windows.old. I did have to visit the ATI website directly to get a really good video driver, because Dell surprisingly is lacking a 64-bit video driver for my specific GPU chipset, but everything else has been pretty smooth so far.
Tomorrow, I'm going to see if I can run the new User Migration Wizard tool over this old install and manage to have anything useful occur. Thus far, I have been pleasantly surprised by how things have gone. If things continue to go well, I'll join the laptop to domain by this weekend.
(BTW, in case you're wondering, I have finished building the Exchange 2007 server, but I have not yet migrated any mailboxes because there's a bit of documentation I have to catch up on before proceeding. I don't fly blind with every installation, you know... )
I guess I shouldn't be too picky and wonder why the video driver took nearly 10 minutes to install, even though I just installed the bare driver and the chipset filter (and unchecked the extra 150MB -- yes, 150MB -- worth of graphics control panel code!) It rebooted without issue, though, so I'll just leave this minor nit unpicked.
I imagine that I'll delete the dual-boot information in a week or three. We'll see.