I reviewed these
web pages and find them to be accurate and potentially useful to others
who may follow me. I have placed the Windows 7 computer into service
and will now conclude these web pages.
After consulting with others on the Win7 forum and reading
more data on the 32-bit vs. 64-bit issue, I've reversed my position. I
see that the multiple Google Chrome windows are all running in their
own memory allocation, and that using 64-bit allows more 32-bit
applications to share available memory, and that is perhaps why the
Chrome windows seem so fast. I've been assured that there are very few
32-bit applications that will not run on the 64-bit installation, so
I'm going to stick with 64-bit for now. I installed Mozilla
SeaMonkey and it seems to run fine. I haven't attempted to replicate
any mail files yet, but the mail account works fine sending and
receiving email. I am using Mozilla Composer, part of SeaMonkey, to
edit this file.
Now that I have more time to work on
this project, I've reached the conclusion that 64-bit isn't the way to
go, because of the fact that many applications won't run. I'm now
considering starting over with 32-bit Windows 7 (and pulling some RAM!)
or perhaps running the XP mode under 64-bit. I believe that the XP mode
may be more complex than it is worth, but I'm looking for other
1/7/10: MS Office
My copy of Office Professional, which includes Word, Access and Excel
that I use, is the 2002 version. MS says it isn't compatible with Win7
64-bit, and MS wants me to upgrade to the 2007 version. However, the
Beta version of Office 2010 is available, and I have decided to install
it instead. I have downloaded the beta installation files, and I'll
install it after I read up on the new version.
I believe the printer issues are resolved. This turned out to be more
time consuming than I expected, diverting my attention from the Windows
7 computer. See the Printer page for details.
I installed MSE. It went
in easily, updated itself and scanned the computer. From what I can
determine, this is as effective as Norton or other paid products. This
is free, from Microsoft. It also looks like it will work on earlier
computers. See http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials.
12/27/09: Hosts file
NAS is called "q1" and I access it on my LAN as http://q1/. To do this
edit the hosts file
The file lives at C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\hosts. I found it was
protected from edits in Windows 7. I learned that to edit it in
must be run "as administrator". I found details on how to do this at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/923947
12/27/09: Adobe Reader:
I used the CD that was provided with the CD/DVD ROM to install
Nero7. To review the pdf file of the manual, I let it install Adobe
Reader. The Version of Adobe
Reader provided was 5.0.5. An error window came up telling me that it
was incompatible with this version of Windows. I installed it and it
worked, but later I got Adobe Reader 9.20 to replace the old version.
The new version of Adobe Reader installed as expected with no problem.
the new controls for AutoPlay,
or what to do when a CD or DVD is inserted, to be very useful and easy
to control. They are at Control Panel > Hardware and Sound >
AutoPlay. Several selections are suggested for each type of media.
Most of my recent time on this
project has been spent resolving printer compatibility issues. See the Printer page for details.
12/15/09: KVM Switch:
decided that it will be some time before
I'll be able to replace my backup XP computer with the new Win 7
computer, I ordered a KVM switch so that I could remove the clutter on
my desk and remove one monitor. So far, I'm impressed with the user
interface and speed of the Win 7 computer, but it isn't ready for prime
time here. The IOGEAR GCS932U
Micro DVI-D KVM allows me to share one keyboard,
mouse and monitor with two computers. It works fine so far.
As discussed 12/8/09, I reviewed the Norton issue
decided to revert to the Ghost image I made before installing Norton
Virus Scan and SystemWorks. I reinstalled printers, added Windows
explorer Send To selections for NotePad and WordPad, etc. I will try
the free Microsoft Security Essentials product instead of the Norton
products I skipped.
I started over, installing Win 7 again from scratch and
using Ghost 15 to save images as I went along. As expected, some things
went "wrong" and I had to back up to a clean image a few times. But I
am quite happy with the installation at this time, even though I
haven't loaded many programs on it. I use Norton for virus and spyware
protection and to clean up the registry; I have been using Norton
SystemWorks for years. Norton VirusScan, part of the SystemWorks
package, loaded and runs fine. I encountered an error message in
installing SystemWorks itself; it complained about being incompatible.
As I read on line that others had installed it successfully on Windows
7 64-bit, I did so and it seems to run fine, finding and correcting
registry errors. After installing it, however, I learned that Norton
has discontinued SystemWorks! I will research this, and no doubt revert
to the last image I made just before installing SystemWorks so that I
won't have to deal with a discontinued product. It's a good thing this
is a "hobby", because priorities just don't give me the time I would
like to spend with Windows 7. Right now, however, it does a great job
with four Google Chrome windows on two screens watching cameras and my
weather station in real time.
The Canon D1150 scanning software runs fine on the
computer, after navigating the installation. Some of the software on
the Canon CD was necessary, along with the downloaded Win 7 64 bit
software. I used Ghost 15 to save an image of the computer, then
restored it, booting from the Ghost 15 recovery CD I made when first
loading Ghost 15. It appears to have restored the computer as expected.
Next, I will completely start over with Windows 7 64-bit and save it
step-by-step with Ghost 15.
Canon D1150 installed successfully as a printer on
Windows 7 64 bit computer. Drivers downloaded from Canon as the Drivers
on the CD that came with the printer work in XP 32 bit, but not Win 7
64 bit. This printer is also a scanner; it works fine in XP. Next to
try the Win 7 64 bit scanning software, also downloaded from Canon.
Canon D1150 received, unpacked and set up as network
printer. Works fine with computer running XP, but as expected, the CD
won't work with Windows 7 64 bit. I will download the correct drivers
from Canon and hopefully try it with the Windows 7 computer tomorrow.
No progress on Windows 7 due to other distractions.
I've been distracted by bringing up SeaMonkey 2.0 in my
which I thought would be simple. Not so.
Today I called Canon about
their rebate program (see printers Canon
and ordered a new Canon D1150 on the Canon Loyalty Program for $249.04
including California sales tax.
11/22/09: Ghost 15
Installed in Windows 7 computer. It seems ok.
Ghost 15 finally available on line. Purchased for $49.99
and downloaded. Installed on computer running XP.
I was waiting for Ghost 15 from Norton, so I could
programs and easily revert to an image before an add of a new program.
Now that I don't know when Ghost 15 will be available, I've considered
Acronis as a backup alternative. But before I go
there, I will do another backup using Windows 7 'System Image' and
confirm that I am able to back up one iteration using System Image.
Once I feel that I have a solid position to revert to, I'll add more
applications. This will include Firefox, Thunderbird, Nero, MS Office,
Google Earth, MediaMonkey, Goodsync, and other programs. In the
meantime the Win7 computer does a fine job displaying three video
cameras on two monitors.