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03-23-2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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Upgrade to Windows 7 question..

This might seem like a stupid question, but I'm not real computer savvy. I'm going to upgrade a Sony Vaio Series P netbook from Vista to Win 7. This 8 inch pc has no ethernet port and I see to upgrade, an active internet connection is required. I have an active wireless network. This will not be a clean install....just an upgrade. Will I be alright with a wireless network? I worry that a driver will not work or something and the internet connection will be lost during the upgrade process

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I probably wouldn’t do these kinds of upgrade over wireless network. I suggest investing on a “good” USB-2 to Ethernet adapter….Linksys, D-Link, etc.
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Thank you. I didn't even know this type of product was made. Your suggestion makes perfect sense and I'll pick one up before I do anything.

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I probably wouldn’t do these kinds of upgrade over wireless network. I suggest investing on a “good” USB-2 to Ethernet adapter….Linksys, D-Link, etc.
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It's fine over the wireless network- all it does is contact windows update and download the updates. In fact, I've never used ethernet for stuff like this. The actual upgrade process is entirely offline, so once you have the upgrade disk image on your hard drive, you should be all set.


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Thanks Adam. If the internet is only used for upgrades to Windows, I can do this anytime after. I do have all the potential necessary drivers downloaded to a thumb right off the Sony website.

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You shouldn't need any new drivers, as the update is seamless. Do you have the Windows 7 dvd ISO downloaded?

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Larry, the Win 7 installation validates a whole bunch of files before it uses them. If there's a network delay during the validation, it can abort the installation. In case you haven't already done it, I would suggest searching TechNet and other places for possible problems. It's been a while, but I think the error messages talk about invalid CAB files.

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I don't have anything yet. Ordered the physical Win7 upgrade disk for B&H(plug) and will use an external drive to install.


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You shouldn't need any new drivers, as the update is seamless. Do you have the Windows 7 dvd ISO downloaded?


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Dredge up an old thread time. Today, I did the upgrade to Windows 7. Everything went quite smoothly and it only took 2.5 hours to complete. I seem to have a small snag. Every function works properly, but one. Everytime I open an app or window of any kind, it opens choppy. It opens quickly but lack smoothness that I had with Vista. Would this be a video driver issue or maybe graphics card issue? The way it's working, it would appear to be a sliight compatibility problem. Any ideas?

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After googling the problem using most of the typical keywords...jerky, choppy, twitchy, ect...it appears I'm not alone with this quirk.
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Try reinstalling your video card driver and check your window preferences to see if the more crazy effects are disabled.
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After googling the heck out of it, your advice is spot on. Especially all those crazy un-needed animation effects.

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Try reinstalling your video card driver and check your window preferences to see if the more crazy effects are disabled.
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I found a video that shows it better than I ever could explain it. This is it, only it's somewhat worse for me on my netbook. Underpowered, I suppose.

YouTube - Windows 7 RC1 RTM Aero Lag
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All netbooks are underpowered

No surprises here, heh.
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True, and that's why I upgraded to Win 7 from Vista. It was supposed to be snappier. I can't say that I can see it though. Still, a netbook is sure handy for carrying around. On big advantage of Win 7 is it takes up a lot less space on my 64gb ssd.

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All netbooks are underpowered

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