Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7
I've been planning, in my head, for this day for quite some time now. The last time I formatted any of my systems, let alone the notebook that is my main machine, was almost 3 years ago. To be frank, Windows XP had become so slow that I could not wait for the release candidate of Windows 7. Release candidate means that Se7en is beyond the beta testing phase and is OK for casual use, but not quite “bug free" yet.
I did my homework well. I backed up my files, created a virtual machine (using VMware’s free tool, VMware vCenter Converter) on my main partition, and created emergency bootable media, just in case I needed to come back to Windows XP, heavens forbid. Don't get me wrong, I loved Windows XP, but over the course of 9 or so years, I've learned to hate the aging operating system. This became especially acute when Vista was introduced (which I did not adopt out of pure laziness) and I saw all the new 'stuff' that came along with it.
I inserted the Windows DVD, restarted my machine, and began the installation process. Surprisingly, not too much was required for it to install, and soon afterwards it was done. I was running 7 for the first time ever!