I upgraded my video card to a nVidia GeForce 7600 GS, and added storage with a Seagate FreeAgent Pro 500 GB drive on my system – Dell Precision 450, dual processor Xeon running at 2.0 GHz. I am very pleased with both of these new devices, they have been a great addition to my system. I currently only have 1 GB of RAM which I will upgrade in the next couple of weeks.
Now that my hardware is upgraded, I installed Microsoft Vista. It installed pretty cleanly. The initial drive configuration when I was running Windows XP:
- Drive C (Primary) – 20 GB drive – Windows XP Installed
- Drive D (Dynamic) – 200 GB drive – Data Drive
For the installation, I migrated my data from the 200 GB drive to the New 500 GB FreeAgent drive and that all happened very smoothly. I then swapped my drives and made drive D my primary drive, and drive C my secondary drive. Drive C did not meet the installation requirements for Vista.
I started the Vista installation program, and it was unable to delete the Dynamic partition on Drive D, and I was unable to install on the Dynamic partition. I was stuck. In the end, I used the Windows XP installation program, deleted the partition using the XP install, and then went back to the Vista install. This seems wrong to me. Why can I perform actions in the XP install that I am unable to in the Vista install?
I reviewed the online knowledge base and was unable to locate a solution to my problem. I was fortunate that I had the old XP installation CD around to work with to delete the partition.
Other than the problem with the Dynamic Partition, which I would rate as more than a minor, but less than a major issue, the installation was flawless. I am now running Vista on my system and all appears to be working very well. I still need to install Office but that can wait.
Overall I am pleased with the final results of the installation.