Upgraded to Windows 7 RC – how I kept from reinstalling everything, and what didn’t work

Last night, I downloaded and installed Windows 7 RC.  I installed the Beta for my wife on a spare laptop, and she hated it, so I gave her her Windows XP back. :-).  I have used it for a single day now, and I haven’t encountered any blocking issues.  My process:

  1. Backup disk partition with Acronis True Image Home 2009
  2. Upgrade from Vista x64 to Windows7 x64
  3. Try all critical applications and drivers to ensure they still work
  4. Breath a sigh of relief.

If anything had stopped working, I was prepared to immediately reimage my hard drive with the backup image taken with Acronis (I don’t like to repave machines – big waste of time).

Here is a picture of my new desktop (1900 x 1200) from the Dell 24in monitor.  I have checked the following things I depend on daily and have ensured they still work:

  • Google Chrome
  • Skype
  • Visual Studio 2008 w/ Resharper (I did turn off UAC because it’s still annoying)
  • Tethering Windows Mobile Smartphone through AT&T for mobile internet connection
  • Google Desktop (search and app launching)
  • Pidgin (IM)
  • PortableApps
  • TweetDeck
  • Microsoft Office
  • CCTray
  • And all my diverse hardware

What didn’t work was Syncing my smartphone.  I haven’t dug in, but that doesn’t work at present (Samsung BlackJack II with WM5).