A recent article from CNNMoney stated that as many as 31% of Windows users have reported problems upgrading to Windows 7. Most of the problems are with the installation and migration of data.
One common gripe, experienced by 9% of installers, is that the half-hour to an hour-long upgrade process gets to the “62% completed” point and then freezes. It’s a problem that Microsoft is aware of, and can be fixed by rebooting the computer, going into advanced settings, and typing in a code that instructs the computer to ignore plug-ins.
Here’s the top 10 list of common problems:
- Problems with installation – 31%
- Missing applets or components – 26%
- Aero theme is not running – 14%
- DVD drive not found – 8%
- Hidden extensions – 6%
- Too many minidumps – 6%
- Aero snap problems – 3%
- iPhone won’t sync with Windows 7 – 2%
- Custom icons get changed with new theme – 2%
- Taskbar problems – 1%
If you are thinking of using Windows 7, you are better off not upgrading. The ideal is to get a system that already has Windows 7 installed. If you have Windows Vista now, opt for a clean installation. Backup all your data to a USB hard drive, install, and restore your applications and documents.