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Prof Bill
10-19-2009, 07:44 AM
I guess that many of us are currently wrestling with the prospect of doing a comprehensive audit on machines and systems that have to be completly rebuilt to accomodate WIN7.

Here are two very useful and comprehensive tools to assist in this endeavour!

http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

This tool generates a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status annd many useful reports.

http://www.download.hr/software-treesize-free.html

TreeSize Free tells you where your folders, subfolders and content are. Folders can be expanded in Explorer-like style to see the size of its subfolders. Scanning is done in a thread, so you can already see results while TreeSize is working. It is much better and more user friendly that suggested.

These are useful tools to have even if one does not intend to move to WIN7 immediately.

Bill.

Prof Bill
10-21-2009, 04:34 AM
Well the 10 copies of WIN7 Home Premium (FULL/Complete) Version all 32/64 Bit arrived yesterday! The direct VISTA to WIN7(in place upgrade) seems to work but I have not fully tested all the applications and programs (which I have backed up elsewhere just in case).

The full clean installation for XP has worked well on three systems and now has FSX installed!

The "nightmare" is ensuring that one has kept a copy of all PRODUCT KEYS.

I have run into some problems in this area as a result of sloppy housekeeping.

I would suggest a full audit of any targeted system prior to upgrade as there are the odd programs in the system that need installation keys that have been mislaid!

If you need the "three license upgrade" version you need to purchase the WIN7 Family Pack which retails for about $149 in the US and 135 in the UK.
At this point in time this is good value!

Bill.