Having decided to forgo Windows Vista on my desktop computers (which are my primary work computers), I’ve been holding out for Windows 7. Towards that end, I had a plan. It considered idea timing, low hardware costs, and software availability; the plan was to:
- Buy a new computer during the holiday sales (addressing the cost issue), order with the new Windows 7 (the availability issue), and work on installing all my applications and moving data over to it the later part of December, which is normally a slower time for me at work (ideal timing).
- Once everything was working satisfactorily, I would reformat the hard drive on the old computer (which had been have some flaky, but relatively minor problems — such as the 21 second delay and not being able to run Internet Explorer 7) and reload all the programs on it. It would then become my backup computer.
- Then, the hard drive on my old backup computer would be similarly reformatted and used to replace the home desktop.
- The old home computer then would become available for re-use, re-cycling, or donation.
That was the plan, but my computer had different ideas.