When it comes to making changes to my computer I am very hesitant, and I am talking big changes here. History has proven that it typically does not go smoothly and issues arise that make the process painful and frustrating. In October of 2009 I decided to make the switch from Vista to Win7 after hearing very good feedback on 7. My concern at the time was incompatibility issues with my current software so I decided to install 32-bit 7 on a second partition. I would have a test environment for 7 and still have the safety net of booting to Vista if I ran into problems or found incompatibility issues.
The install went without an issue and I had no compatibility problems with any of the software I was running until I got to the printer. My plan was to test 7 for a month or two before installing it on the primary partition, but I had the dilemma of staying with 32-bit (not utilizing the full amount of ram in the computer), or going with 64-bit and possibly running into compatibility issues with my photo editing software. Procrastination set in as I dreaded the thought of another OS install and the possibility of issues.
More than a year later here I am finally making the jump, not only to install 64-bit, but to also revamp my workflow. My eventual decision to change editing platforms eased my mind in the migration to 64-bit 7, so this week I took on the process. Again following my safety principle of leaving a working OS in place I tackled the install of win 7 on the primary partition. Moving to 64-bit will allow me to utilize all the system resources available and be on a forward-looking platform. Impressed again the install went very smoothly and the issue with printing seems to have been cleared up.
Now the question is will I ever wipe that second partition and free up the disk space?