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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 on my laptop.  As I mentioned last month, , 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... Big Smile)

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.

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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2007 11:31 PM by Logik!

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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.