Windows 7 is now generally available and deals are everywhere, so you should start cranking on those upgrades or researching which new PC to buy, right? Well, not so fast.
A week after the launch of Vista’s replacement, much of the talk around Windows 7 has been about upgrade snags and too many reboots, and a money-saving installation workaround that Redmond let slide. There was also straight talk on Windows 7 security and some advice on the right time to upgrade. Strong hint: It’s not now.
[ For complete coverage on Microsoft’s new Windows 7 operating system — including hands-on reviews, video tutorials and advice on enterprise rollouts– see CIO.com’s Windows 7 Bible. ]
There are also conflicting reports about enteprise plans for Windows 7, with some chomping at the bit to get off XP and others content to wait for Windows 7 to mature.
In other words, getting to Windows 7 is more complicated than it seems.
Here is this week’s round up of Windows 7 upgrade stories from CIO.com and its sister publications.
Win 7 Upgrade Woes: Endless Reboots, Product Key Problems
Call it the legacy of Microsoft’s Vista operating system. PC users upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 have run into a variety of hair pulling problems since last Thursday when Windows 7 launched. Complaints range from endless reboots to refusals by Windows to accept Microsoft’s assigned product keys.
Windows 7 Endless Reboot Answer Evades Microsoft
Some Windows users remained stymied today by endless reboots after trying to upgrade their PCs to Windows 7, according to messages posted on Microsoft’s support forum.
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Windows 7 Launch: Early Adopters Eager to Bid Farewell to XP
At the Windows 7 launch in New York, businesses planning to migrate to Windows 7 discussed cost savings, testing strategies, and security hopes and fears with CIO.com. One consensus: Windows XP is on life support.
Windows 7: IT Managers Will Be Slow to Move from XP
UK IT professionals are giving Windows 7 a guarded welcome, with concerns about quality, cost and compatibility tempering their enthusiasm for Microsofts new operating system.
Windows 7 Install Trick Saves Up to $100
Users can do a “clean” installation of Windows 7 using an upgrade license to save $80-$100 over the price of a “full” edition, a popular blog reported.
Microsoft Confirms Windows 7 Install Trick is Legal
Microsoft today confirmed that users can apply a workaround trick to do a clean install of Windows 7 on a blank hard drive as long as they toe the licensing line.
Users Should Delay Windows 7 Upgrade, Support Firm Warns
Users should wait for Microsoft to work out the bugs in Windows 7 before jumping on the new operating system, computer support firm Rescuecom said.
Five Things You Should Know About Windows 7 Security
Microsoft says Windows 7 is the most secure version of the Windows. What else would you expect? Is Microsoft going to come out with a new operating system and make it less secure than its predecessor? Still, there are actually a number of significant security improvements in windows 7 to be aware of.
Microsoft Unwraps Netbook Windows 7 Upgrade Tool
Microsoft has released a tool that lets netbook owners install Windows 7 on their machines using a USB flash drive, sidestepping the usual requirement of a DVD drive.
Microsoft Deal Discounts Windows 7 Upgrades By 58%
Microsoft today launched a promotion that discounts Windows 7 upgrades as much as 58% when customers also buy a new Windows 7 PC. Several retailers are already offering the deal to PC buyers.
Five Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 7
The curtain has been raised and the confetti has fallen. Windows 7 is here. After the problems with the launch of Windows Vista– both real and perceived– many users are cautious about jumping on Windows 7 too quickly.
Shane O’Neill is a senior writer at CIO.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/smoneill. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter at twitter.com/CIOonline.