I decided to upgrade my cheap home PC ($500 after rebate eMachines T6420) from Windows Media Center Edition to Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (final release Build 6000) last weekend. It was something I wanted to do before the Vista wide launch at the end of the month. I’d been running Vista beta releases on test PCs for over a year and wanted to run the production release so I could blog a bit about it. I figured the upgrade process would make for a decent single blog entry. I was so wrong. It has turned out to be a much more interesting experience than I though it would (in a mostly good way, btw). So, I’m writing a series of blog entries on one of my personal blogs for the next week or two about some of the surprises I’ve run into. And, since I’ve installed Vista beta and RC over a dozen times, I’m surprised that I was surprised.
The first surprise was that the upgrade (not a clean install) went very smoothly considering the upgrade advisor gave me numerous warnings about my video driver, sound driver, and network interface.
The second surprise? Well, look for yourself. Note that this cheap PC does not have a dedicated video card with 128MB of dedicated video RAM. It has a system board graphics chip set that uses 128MB of shared video RAM (from the 1GB RAM installed).
I was very very surprised to see what appears to be full Vista Aero Glass features working on it.
If you don’t want to bother visiting my personal blog, I’ll summarize my Cheap PC Vista Upgrade experience here weekly for the next week or two. I’ve run into some interesting things that I didn’t see during beta-testing for over a year.