Last week Microsoft released Windows 7 to some of their customers. Over the weekend I decided to try installing Windows 7 on a couple of machines. One of the machines was an older desktop that had already been upgraded from XP to Vista. Rather than doing a clean install, I wanted to see if Vista could be used as a way of indirectly upgrading from WIndows XP to Windows 7. I am happy to say that the process worked flawlessly.
For my other deployment, I wanted to see how well Windows 7 would do with a Vista upgrade on a newer machine that had never had XP installed. The machine that I ran the test on was a brand new Toshiba laptop. During the installation process I received a warning message indicating that my wireless network adapter wouldn’t work after the upgrade. I wanted to see what would happen, so I went ahead with the upgrade. Surprisingly, the wireless NIC continued to function after the upgrade with no adverse side effects.