Posted by Ed Bott @ 12:24 am
On May 5, the general public will finally be allowed to download the official Windows 7 Release Candidate. It’s been up on BitTorrent networks for more than a week, and developers with MSDN or TechNet subscriptions have had access to it since early this morning. But those groups constitute a tiny fraction of the people who will be seeing the Windows 7 release candidate for the first time next week.
For the benefit of the early adopters and those who patiently wait, I’ve been gathering information on the right and wrong ways to set up Windows 7. For the past week or so I’ve been installing and upgrading the RC code on a wide variety of systems—notebooks and desktops, with and without touch and tablet capabilities, with and without TV tuners and Blu-ray drives, as clean installs and upgrades, in x86 and x64 flavors, documenting the process.
In this post, I want to share seven of the lessons I’ve learned along the way, including a few setup secrets that even some Windows experts don’t know about.
- Secret #1: Choose the right Setup option
Secret #2: Start with a clean disk
Secret #3: Back up your old drivers first
Secret #4: Do a nondestructive clean install
Secret #5: You need less disk space than you think
Secret #6: Unblock the upgrade path for Windows 7 beta
Secret #7: Unlock those extra editions