Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Your name: Warren M Pierro
Company name: Professional Computer Services
Your geographic location (country): USA
Public disclosure of your name and company name allowed? (Yes or No) Yes
Objectives of the project: What problem did you set out to solve? Replace Windows Vista Business with Window7
Are you piloting or deploying the products? Piloting on my own system. I am a little disappointed that there is no upgrade to the RC1 or released version when it comes out. Sure I can reload the system but that is more lost time.
Products used in the project (all that apply): Windows 7
Project description: Downloaded and installed Windows 7 on my office PC. This was to replace Vista business that I received in my MAPS. I was not happy with Vista and had many issues with 3rd party apps and software. Driver coverage was spotty. UAC was very annoying and there was no way to turn it off. Let me say that I was pleasantly surprised when I installed Windows 7 on my white box PC. Even though Windows 7 was still Beta, it found and installed all the drivers for my hardware. The best part was the ability to turn off that annoying UAC. Sure, Linux and MACs have had this forever but why does Microsoft have to copy them? Everything was going great until the last SP from Microsoft. Now I am getting all kinds of strange issues. ( windows taking too long to open, network drop out, application hangs) I have Office 2007 enterprise installed and QuickBooks 2008. My antivirus is Vipre enterprise. The PC is on a Windows SBS 2003 domain.
Were the objective stated at the beginning satisfied? Did you solve the problem? Yes, initially. Now since the issues have appeared I am back to the beginning.
Are you going to save money? How much over how many years? Probably, lost time costs a lot when you are constantly fixing you PC instead of doing business.
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum program? Would you have done this project without the IT Pro Momentum program? No, I would have had to wait until I received Windows 7 in my MAPS and by that time my customers would probably already have it. That is I big problem when I am expected to advise them on future purchase and technology.