Windows 7 RTM – Learning from my own mistakes (Applications installation pitfalls)…

Here’s my experience installing my Windows 7 RTM which I was very excited to do.   After experiencing an almost perfect Beta and RC then it was a little more work with RTM.  Please, don’t get me wrong but I put myself in the spot.  

My headaches after installing Windows 7.   I had some roadblocks when putting back all my applications, 

So, this is what I learn from my own mistakes:  (Is not Microsoft fault!)

1. And, this is common sense, Create backup image of your system and/or backup your files on another drive

2. In my case again,  I couldn’t upgrade from RC to RTM but the good new is that, if you on Vista, then you will be able to upgrade.  So I did a clean install.

3. I had problems installing applications,  they will failed no matter what you do.   My problem was cause because I didn’t connect my machine to the internet.  So, this setup errors was cleared after my connected to the internet and download the Windows Updates.

4. SQL Server 2008 RTM (not SP1) installation failed on my first try.  Then, I decided to install Visual Studio 2010 (which include SQL Server 2008/Express).  Then, I was able to Install SQL 2008.

5. I had problems Installing my Windows Live components (mail, writer, meeting) the whole packages failed due to a program conflicting behind the scene.  Found the program and did an uninstall to clear the condition.  The program was one of the components in Visual Studio 2010 “Tools for Application” that somehow (in my case) was affecting my Windows Live installation.

So, after I clear all my application installation issues, then I was to complete loading all my programs.

Now, for those who are still experiencing SQL Server 2008 installation issues, please check the following blog:  ( it may help you )

I truly love my Windows 7!!!… its been running Smooth!!!


About maxt2posh

I’m from Puerto Rico, have been working with computers since 1979. Throughout many years, I have worked with SQL Server Technologies, provided support to Windows Servers/Client machines, Microsoft Virtualization Technologies, and build some Visual Studio solutions. I’m a Microsoft PowerShell MVP since 2009 and MVP SAPIEN Technologies since 2010. I speak in most of the SQLSaturday, IT Pro and .NET camps events around the Florida’s State. Also founder of the Florida PowerShell User Group which meeting every 3rd Tuesday evening of the month.
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One Response to Windows 7 RTM – Learning from my own mistakes (Applications installation pitfalls)…

  1. Daniel says:

    Thanks a lot, that saved me a fair bit of time. How much of your time have you spent blogging MSSQL? You must be an epic ninja at it!

    Thanks again, Daniel.

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