When Windows Vista became pre-release I immediately installed it because of the stories that we heard about it. We all remember that Microsoft says a lot about Windows Vista, so that we believed it will satisfy all our dreams.
But I couldn’t use it more than one month!! I realized that Windows Vista is not stable, beside that it used a lot of RAM comparing to Windows XP, so I felt that I was stupid because I believed Microsoft trivialities about Windows Vista. From that day I stuck with Windows XP and refuse even thinking about changing it!
Now a days, Windows 7 become pre-release and many people (includes IT professionals) says that Windows 7 is the best ever Windows, they always repeat that Windows 7 is the soul of Windows XP with Windows Vista style. So after I heard this story from a lot of my friends I finally decide to try Windows 7
Preparing to Install
I installed Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) on my HP 530 Notebook, and realized a lot of people in forums tried to do that on almost the same laptop, so I deiced to add this post to be a step by step tutorial about installing Windows 7 and almost all programs you need on it.
First step is to create a new partition (if you want to install Windows 7 and keep your old Windows like me) or make sure that you don’t need any files from your old windows drive.
The question here is how much the drive should be? well I recommend that the drive should be at least 25 GB, so that you can Install Windows 7 Ultimate (or what ever version you want) and all your favorite programs on the same drive.
The last question you might ask is what about drives? should I download any? well, my notebook came with FreeDOS so I have no driver at all! and HP provides only drivers for Windows XP and Windows Vista on here website. The answer is so simple: you almost will not need to install any driver manually, so lets begin the installation process.
You are now ready to install Windows 7 so shutdown your laptop to boot from Windows 7 DVD (I tried to install Windows 7 from inside Windows XP but it didn’t work). DO NOT press the hibernate option! (like I did) if you want Windows 7 to add a multi-boot option for you, you must shutdown your computer.
When I installed Windows XP on my notebook I fell into the problem of SATA hard disks and forced to disable SATA option from BOIS to let Windows XP recognized my hard, so it remains disabled while I installed Windows 7 (I don’t believe that you will have this problem, but just in case).
Now boot from Windows 7 DVD and follow the installation steps, it is really a simple installation and you will face only 2 or 3 windows before waiting about 10 minutes to your first reboot.
After that you will enter your computer name, use account and something like that. Here you are! welcome to Windows 7 world!
You can notice from you computer properties that you have only 30 days trial, well now Windows 7 is still pre-release so I went to Microsoft site and got a key from here, so my Windows is Genuine now.
I can say that I did not have any problem while installing my favorite programs and here is some of them:
I can’t find 64 bit of Firefox even there is a version for another browser derived from it, so I installed the 32 bit of Firefox as usual and it works fine with all my favorite addons.
After a lot of searching about JDK for 64 bit (not just JRE), I installed 64 bit version of JDK 1.6 from here.
You will realize after installing JDK 64 bit that it has no Java plugin for browsers, so you must download it your self and install it separately (you will need a file named jre-6u16-windows-i586-s.exe).
I installed TortoiseSVN 64 bit from tortoisesvn.net website.
I love Vista Windows sidebar and I had a fix to install it on my old Windows XP, so on Windows 7 I searched about it and found that Windows 7 don’t have a Sidebar that can be stuck to the right of my screen as with Windows Vista, all it has is a capability to show the gadgets on my desktop and that is not what I want. So after some search I found this fix that fixed my Windows Sidebar and let me enjoy Vista Sidebar program on my Windows 7.
That is the most important programs I used to use, and all of them is just working fine on Windows 7
After I used Windows 7 for about 2 weeks until now, I can tell you that Windows 7 is more stable than Windows Vista, although it uses less memory. Beside that it has a great graphics effects especially when you use Aero theme.
Now I see that I was wrong when I decided to install Windows 7 and kept Windows XP, because I can tell you that you will never boot to Windows XP if you have Windows 7 installed on you PC.