11:15 a.m.: With files backed up, the Windows Vista RC1 DVD goes into my IBM ThinkCentre's DVD drive and we're off to the races. When presented with a choice between a clean install and an upgrade (in which I get to keep my apps and files), I choose the upgrade option.
11:17 a.m.: Windows Vista reports which apps aren't compatible with it. My IT-department-installed Symantec AntiVirus? Not compatible. IT-department-installed auto-backup solution? Not compatible. Java Web Start? Not compatible.
Here's the kicker: Microsoft SQL Server 2005? Not compatible.
I tell George this over IM and he suggests that there's one more app that might not be compatible with Vista: “The Internet”.
11:32 a.m.: Copying files… (4% complete). Thankfully, I have better things to do, like have my weekly update meeting with the boss.
12:06 p.m.: Expanding files…(30% complete). I think about lunch. There is no cause-effect relationship between the two.
12:14 p.m.: Hey, it looks as though the machine is shutting down for reboot. We have lift-off!
12:15 p.m.: Hey, it looks as though the machine is still shutting down for reboot. Patience, young grasshopper…
12:16 p.m.: How long does it take for a machine to reboot, anyway?
12:17 p.m.: No drive activity. No screen activity. Ctrl-Alt-Del defibrillation failed. I call time of death at 12:17 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. I hold down the power button and shut down the machine old school.
12:18 p.m.: Power up! First the regular BIOS graphics, followed by…one line of DOS-text gibberish, about 10 characters long and a blinking underline cursor. I press a key.
The machine reboots, and seconds later, the same 10-or-so characters, followed by the underline cursor, which mocks me with every blink.
I IM George and say “Good thing I didn't have anything important on that box.” He says that that should be translated into Latin and put on the Microsoft crest.
More reports as I make my second attempt at installing Vista.
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