So.. I wanted to see how smoothly an in-place upgrade of an Media Center 2005 install would go to Vista Ultimate on Sunday.
This was on a Dell XPS M2010 (the big 20" "Laptop).. glancing at Dell's website revealed no real info..and I only noticed a few Vista drivers on there so far for the M2010.. one assumes there will be more once the official consumer release date hits.. but still..
Anyway.. right off the bat during the Vista insisted that I uninstall my Toshiba Bluetooth stack before upgrading to Vista.. there was no getting around this.. the upgrade simply exits out until I did this.. naturally I figured that as soon as I did this my keyboard and mouse would stop functioning..
Note that the M2010's keyboard/touchpad and included mouse are Bluetooth. (the keyboard is actually dockable to the M2010 and rechargeable)
Sure enough they did stop functioning..rendering my ability to type or mouse on my M2010.. so I had to dig up a USB Keyboard and Mouse..
Ok.. thats done.. upgrade starts.. approx. ~70 minutes or so later its complete..
Norton AV is immediately an issue an generates all sorts of errors upon startup.. but a simple uninstall fixes that.. and thankfully Norton already has the Vista version posted up on the Corporate site for download.
Not sure why Vista during the initial scan didn't detect Norton as a problem app and requested it to be removed like the Bluetooth. (which btw started working again with Vista's built in bluetooth support)
The Creative Labs Audigy software is also doing all sorts of weird crap.. so that needs to be removed.. as well as Sonic's MyDVD.. so that also needs to be removed. No updates on Dell or Creative/Sonic's site.
A few minutes later my keyboard starts typing the same character over and over eventually beeping like mad and crashing Vista.
Power down.. Power Up.. post screen then horrendously loud beeping noises... Power Down.
Power up.. Safe mode screen.. boots fine.. thinks about going into Safe Mode Gui.. then reboots spontaneously.. reboot though works fine.. and am back into Vista.
DVD wont eject.. push button several times.. nada.. go to My Computer and right click and hit eject.. crashes Vista.. Power Down..
Power up.. horrendous beeping.. give up.
Last night I boot up and it gets into Vista fine.. I'm able to put in my USB Flash Drive and back up my files.. I figure its to unstable to use.. so I do a complete wipe and fresh install of Vista..
Which btw works fine.. there are some components that don't get recognized and I don't really know what they are or if Dell has some drivers for it.. but for the most part everything works on the laptop.. I'll try WoW tonight and see how that goes.
So.. Microsoft will have a huge headache for them come Feb.. or unless they really aren't planning for many people to do in place upgrades..There has to be some process in place to get software thats installed on your system autopatched to work with Vista.. and the "scan to fix problem feature either doesnt work.. or software manufacturers dont have anything up that interfaces with that function.
for example when it complained about my XP ATI driver it scanned for a fix.. but all it did was give me a link to www.ati.com where naturally I was able to download the Vista ATI driver.. but man.. that needs to be automated.