Dear Microsoft

Dear Microsoft,

for a while now, you have been promoting your new Windows 7 as the operating system everybody should use. Understandable, because Windows XP really does need to be replaced, and Windows Vista just isn’t what it should be.

As a Windows Vista user, I’ve been wanting to upgrade. Not just to Windows 7, but also to more RAM and a bigger harddrive. The logical thing to do, would be to combine these three upgrades. (Doing the HD upgrade and the OS upgrade at the same time also allows me to not destroy my Windows Vista installation – a big plus, because I don’t have to worry about forgetting to back something up.)

So, after buying two Corsair DDR2 2GB modules and a 500GB Seagate Momentus 7200.4, I downloaded Windows 7 Professional EN 64bit (from MSDNAA), burned the image, swapped harddrives and began the installation. Well, I got my laptop to boot from the DVD anyway. After the installer loaded the files and I picked my locale settings, it told me it was missing a “CD/DVD drive device driver”.  Obviously that message makes little to no sence, since the installer is on a DVD in said device, it there must be a driver available for it somewhere.

After searching the web a bit, it seems more people have this issue. Other people who also have a Dell Vostro 1500 seem to be able to solve the issue by installing completely unrelated drivers, reformatting the harddrive, or using an older image of the same installation DVD. I tried the first, can’t do the third and am to lazy for the second. Instead, I think I’ll just give something else a try. (I’m thinking of FreeBSD – I really like the idea behind that project and it seems to be making progress in the desktop area.)

With kind regard,

Jory Geerts

ps. I know you don’t care – its not like I’m even a paying customer. I just needed a reason to blog,

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Born in 1988, Software Engineer, Dutch.
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