By David A. Karp

Home windows 7 can be quicker and extra reliable than Vista, yet it’s a much cry from problem-free. David A. Karp involves the rescue with the most recent in his renowned home windows Annoyances sequence. This thorough consultant supplies the instruments you must repair the tricky elements of this working approach, plus the recommendations, hacks, and timesaving how you can utilize your workstation.

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On the first screen, click Next to display the Install Windows screen shown Figure 1-1. From here, click Install now to proceed. On the next page, setup asks for your product key, which you can read off the DVD sleeve or the sticker on your PC case. Mercifully, Microsoft allows you to skip this step—leave the field blank, click Next, and then answer No—so you don’t have to waste time fishing around for the sticker and typing the excruciating 25-digit key, only to have setup laugh at your propensity for typos.

Virtual Time Machine One of the advantages of virtualization is that it lets you test applications (and in some cases, hardware devices) in an isolated environment. But once you soil that environment with software or drivers, it’s no longer the “clean room” it once was. Rather than delete the virtual machine and start over, there are ways to revert back to earlier stages—an undo, if you will—to save you time and trouble. If you’re using VMware Workstation, just open the VM menu, select Snapshot and then Take Snapshot.

See “Get Glass” on page 286 for more on Aero Glass, and “Control a PC Remotely” on page 488 for more on Remote Desktop. Migration to Windows 7 Migration isn’t just for the birds. It’s the process you go through to make all of your day-to-day tasks—the ones you’re accustomed to doing on Windows Vista or XP—function on a new Windows 7 installation. If you haven’t yet installed Windows 7, one way to determine what will work and what won’t is to use the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor (UA) . UA does nothing more than construct a laundry list of warnings, each pointing out a potential problem with products it knows Windows 7 doesn’t like.

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