A Clean Install of

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2006-09-03 Print this article Print

Vista"> We found no mention of an updated Odyssey client on Junipers Web site, but Vista was willing to manage the WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) connection to our wireless network. It took some tinkering, however, to get the link working.

Following my colleague Andrew Garcias Vista advice, we uninstalled our wireless adapter, allowed it to reinstall, and then downloaded an updated driver from Windows Update to get the link up and running.
Symantec offers a version of its Antivirus 10 product for Vista Beta 2, but we didnt have handy the serial number Symantec required to download the software.
Our upgraded systems Office XP installation worked normally, as did its default Firefox browser. We were pleased to see that the Google toolbar that had been installed for Internet Explorer 6 in the Windows XP image was installed properly on IE 7 in the upgraded Vista system. Vista transition: Should Microsoft take a lesson from Apple? Click here to read more. We didnt notice a performance drop after the upgrade—the Thinkpads 1.6GHz processor and 1.5GB of RAM were plenty for our new Vista box to run smoothly. However, our test notebook lacked a 3D-capable graphics adapter—as do most notebooks—so our system rated only a 1.0 on the Windows Experience Index. The upshot was that Vista ran without the pretty translucency of Aero Glass, but, as weve written in the past, Aero sans Glass looks sharp on its own, and we really didnt miss the extra effects. Perhaps the thorniest after-effect of the upgrade from the Software Explorer interface of Vistas included Windows Defender anti-spyware application. Our list of startup programs was full of items from our Windows XP image, not all of which the application could recognize as permissible. These included four different Windows host processes, the origins of which we couldnt immediately discern. Starting from scratch We turned next to performing a clean install of Vista. We installed Build 5600, the official RC1 release, on the Thinkpad that we had upgraded. We transferred files and settings to this system from an identically configured Windows XP-powered Lenovo T41. As with the clean installs weve performed with builds 5536 and 5568, RC1 took about 30 minutes to install. After wed finished the install process, we checked Windows Update. As with our XP-to-Vista upgrade, we found four updates available for our T41—new drivers for our video and wireless adapters, a Thinkpad power management driver and updated signatures for Windows Defender. Vista build 5536 shows performance gains. Click here to read more. After applying the updates, we set out to transfer files and settings from the Windows XP machine. We launched the Windows Easy Transfer application, copied a small migration application to a USB key and ran that application on our Windows XP machine. Both machines were connected to the same network, and we instructed the transfer application to connect the two machines directly over the network. The transfer application prompted us to create new users on our destination machine to receive the user-specific settings from our host Windows XP system. We had to create new passwords for these users once we returned to our clean-installed Vista box. The version of Windows Easy Transfer that ships with Vista RC1 does not transfer applications. Microsoft officials have said that the final version of this utility will offer this feature. Advanced Technologies Analyst Jason Brooks can be reached at jason_brooks@ziffdavis.com. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. JasonÔÇÖs coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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