Decomissioning one battered home laptop and replacing it with another one is not an easy process. The key players involved – hardware and software manufacturers are not very good at removing the blockers to replacing their equipment which is quite ironic when they try to sell you new stuff.
Last time that I replaced my laptop I moved from Windows XP Professional to Windows Vista Home premium. I asked the shop assisstant whether this would affect the fact that I synchronise My Docs with a remote network drive, I still wanted to use the ‘Offline files’ feature, could I use this with Windows Home Premium. Oh Yes the salesman inaccurately replied. I made the mistake of believing he knew what he was talking about and didnt spend a couple of hours trying to find out if this was true. I purchased a machine with Windows Vista Home Premium, took it home and used the awesome file and setting transfer wizard thing to move stuff from my old computer to my new computer.
Windows Vista Home Premium doesnt work with offline files. The file and setting transfer wizard did attempt to move my settings from a version of windows where they exist to a version of windows where they dont exist. The result was that the documents link in the start menu simply ignored me. It’s never worked. I’ve tried all sorts of things, but its never worked. Eventually I gave up on having the benefit of offline file sync and I manually back-up new files by moving them to my network drive.
I’ve bought a netbook. It’s got a different version of Windows on it. Windows starter. Wow, I feel a bit insulted, just because I want a small cheap laptop they’ve already labelled me a astarter. I’ve been using computers for years, why couldn’t they call it something like ‘windows light’ or ‘winodws streamline’ that highlighted that it probably doesn’t have a load of features rather than insult me by telling me I’m a started. Puh!
Now the challenge is whether I use the windows ‘easy’ file settings and transfer wizard to transfer my settings that once worked on XP professional, that partly work on home premium, to windows starter? I suspect there will be problems. What do you think?
I feel a bout of procrastination coming on.