Upgrading to Windows 7 my list of required software

I’m contemplating upgrading to Windows 7 as a number of people here in the office have already done. In fact, at least one person had to make several attempts before it worked which has me feeling like I should be planning this through before diving in. To that end, I figured I’d make a list of the software I need installed to help gauge exactly how long I can expect the move to take. I’m currently running Vista on a MacBook Pro using $g(BootCamp) v1.3 beta which has me thinking that to ensure things go smoothly that I’ll probably need to consider upgrading OSX as well. My current thinking is that I’ll pave (and gladly I might add) my Vista partition and install “fresh”.

So here is my list of “required” software which I’ll update as I think of things I missed:

Ouch. Ok, so this is a good start and has me thinking I need to see if there are ways to run portable versions of at least some of this stuff to avoid having to install though the USB key isn’t always fun/easy to have attached. I wish there was an option to embed a USB key into the machine so it didn’t have to hang off the side.

This has me wondering if there are any alternatives? I can already see this is going to take some serious prioritization and time.

3 thoughts on “Upgrading to Windows 7 my list of required software

  1. Many of today’s laptops are being made with SD card readers built in. That’s about the closest you’ll get to an embedded flash drive. Unfortunately, my HP dv9700 has a bug in the Ricoh-brand 5-in-1 card reader where it brings my system to its knees while it caches the contents of the SD card. I wouldn’t be so worried if I plugged in a tiny 128 MB SD card. Unfortunately, 4 GB SD cards can’t be cached in under a minute. Usually it takes 15-20 minutes to cache 4 GB. Horrible driver, huh? The bad news…. HP doesn’t offer a newer driver, Ricoh’s website doesn’t even indicate that this card reader exists, and HP’s tech support is generally unhelpful with tips on how to clean up my registry, delete temporary files, etc.

  2. That’s a good list. Does your machine support hardware virtualization? I had to flash the BIOS on my home machine to be able to run on the AMD-V virtualization in order to order to run Windows Virtual PC. Just out of curiosity, why 4NT instead of Take Command?

  3. My CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7700 @ 2.40GHz, 2400 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
    It supports virtualization and it’s "locked" on.
    Regarding 4NT, just legacy, years and years of legacy. 🙂
    I’ve tried PowerShell a few times and found it to be the right idea but a poor usability with a seeminly overly complicated command structure.

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