How to avoid the snakes..

During the last week of October, there are going to be many computer users upgrading their systems. I wonder how they will all work out?

If it is buggy now..

It still will be after an ‘in place’ upgrade, so you need to do a bit of work before you start.

  • Back up your data or entire system. Easeus have some free utilities which you might want to consider for this job.
  • Run a CD lens cleaner in the optical drive that be holding the upgrade disk. The last thing you need is read errors caused by dust and dirt on the laser.
  • Detach all peripheral devices except for the screen, keyboard and mouse. If you have dual screens, leave them both connected. They will both display the same at first.
  • Ensure that your computer is as free of malware as it can possibly be. Run SuperAntispyware and Malwarebytes in regular and safe mode. Run a virus check on the C drive. Now uninstall all malware protection. You can re-install once you know that everything is alright. What you do not want is a program blocking changes which the upgrade needs to make.
  • Disconnect secondary hard drives

Never update BIOS during a thunderstorm..

I know you are not updating BIOS, but do you think that a power outage halfway through the upgrade is going to be any more beneficial?

  • Upgrades can take between two and twenty hours. If you live in an area which suffers power outages during inclement weather and you do not have a generator which automatically cuts in, check the weather for the next twenty four hours.
  • An Uninterruptible Power Supply can help during a switch over, but will be of no value otherwise. It simply will not last long enough to finish the job.
  • If you have toddlers, they can sabotage power by sneaking under the desk and pressing the colourful button on the surge protector, and if they know how to do this, they will have no problem removing the DVD from the drive. Find them something to do well away from the computer. If they are ‘grands’, hand them back to their legal owners.. 🙂

Personally speaking..

I prefer a clean install on a freshly prepared hard drive.

  • It is way more likely to be fault free.
  • The original Vista or XP installation is preserved and can still be used in the event of problems, or used like a dual boot system which is useful if you have finicky software and hardware.
  • The old hard drive can be used for data storage if you decide to scrap the old operating system.

If you take all of the above seriously, and you should, you will be able to climb the ladder, which is much better than shedding tears while sitting on a snake’s tail.

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