Following up on yesterday’s post…

For those of you contemplating upgrading to Win7, or making any major OS upgrade (be it Mac, Linux, Unix, Solaris, whatev…), here’s some advice i posted on a forum, I thought I’d repost it here, on the off chance somebody reads it.

When a new OS comes out, if your current one is working, keep using it until the following:

3 months bare minimum have elapsed since release, preferably 6 months. This gives others a chance to uncover any hidden bugs and come up with solutions.

You have researched a clear migration plan for all critical software. Some will work, some will need to be updated, some will need to be replaced. This is a good time to figure out which ones you can live without. Use the 3 to 6 months after the OS’s release to figure out which is which. (Sounds tough, but thanks to google, you can figure this out usually in a couple of hours).

You have backed up all your data files. Not just the critical ones. ALL of them. If you don’t, then that one spreadsheet you thought you’d never need is the one you suddenly can’t live without 6 months after you’ve killed it.

Pull your old system hard drive and set it on a shelf. Hard drives are cheap. New OS, New Hard Drive. I can’t stress this last point enough. Don’t do an “upgrade”, failure rates are really high for any OS. By pulling the old primary drive and setting it aside, you have an instant fall back point should things go horribly wrong.

Disconnect any secondary hard drives/storage, but leave in place.

Install that spanking new hard drive you bought for your new OS. Install new OS on said new hard drive. If everything goes according to plan, start reconnecting the secondary hard drives/storage.

One by one, install your software according to your migration plan.

If things go wrong, try a second time just in case you fat fingered. After the second failure, re-insert the old hard drive you had with your previous OS and software. Go back to Google and try and figure out why it all went so wrong.

It sounds time consuming and labour intensive, and… well, it kinda is. But if you do it right, “transition day” is far more likely to succeed, and has a much lower stress level.

And the above advice applies to any significant OS upgrade. Mac, Linux, MS, Solaris, whatever.

Joe Consumer won’t do it. That’s why Joe Consumer isn’t making a good living in IT. Don’t be Joe Consumer.

Something to say?

%d bloggers like this: