WINDOWS 7 update catastrophe in the making...

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by seashellz, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. seashellz macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2004
    dozens -hundreds of letters to just this advice one columnist-saying it is a widespread tale of woe; My fave:

    Stop the cycle
    by mstakelt - 10/16/09 7:30 PM In reply to: Windows update went bad, now my PC is stuck in endless updating cycle by Lee Koo (ADMIN)
    You have my sympathy. This happened to me twice, and
    each time, I was forced to format my hard drive and
    reinstall Vista and all of my programs. I called support
    at HP and Microsoft, and paid the tech support people acted
    as if it were the first time they heard this complaint.
    I finally gave up, and started from scratch and then bought
    a 1TB hard drive to accomodate my incessant backups of
    both files and hard drive. Finally, I disabled all auto-updates from Microsoft and have opted not to install any of their offerings,
    as the risk to my computer was greater with updates than without.
    I'm putting a lot of hope in the new Windows 7, and have
    decided that my next laptop will be a Mac.

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  2. 50548 Guest

    Apr 17, 2005
    Currently in Switzerland
    It's Microshaft we're talking no surprises here.
  3. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    I can't even install the $30 student offer they gave me because they ****ed up the download packages, it was on engadget yesterday :mad:
  4. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I've said this so many times I'm blue in the face. No matter what operating system it is always do a fresh install when a new OS comes out.

    I've installed Windows 7 all the way from a early beta to the release and have never had a problem installing it.

    I don't even know why companies offer updates.
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    How soon we forget the Snow Leopard catastrophe when Windows 7 becomes problematic.
  6. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    It is not like it is unheard of with OS X either.
  7. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    I updated my PC last night from Vista to 7 with no problems at all. I also updated both of my Macs to Snow Leopard a couple of months back without any issues.

    As long as you back up before installing I don't see what the risk is in trying the update route.
  8. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA

    SL upgrades are, from my experience, very very slow and troublesome. Apple made such a point of how great the upgrade path was, it was the first OS upgrade I've ever done. One hour after it was finished and I'd tried it - I was reinstalling from scratch anyway - having wasted about 90 minutes of my time in the process. I tried again on my older MBP that lives at work - and going the upgrade path has reduced it to a crawling mess. Never again am I upgrading an OS.

    I installed Win 7 on my desktop at home last night. Took <30 minutes from start to finish and everything worked perfectly once it was done. I was online playing L4D in under an hour. It has to be the easiest and fastest OS install I've ever done.
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i think id rather have this problem than SL issue of deleting all of your data

    bugs are to be expected
  10. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008
    Jeez, kind of a ridiculous title...:rolleyes:

    Kind of funny, because SL was botched in a similar way, with lack of printer drivers and frequent program crashes and random deleting of your data ;).

    On topic, Windows immediately acknowledged the problem, and I'm sure they'll just ship them all install CD's. It's also ironic when Apple makes a mistake it takes them days, usually weeks, and sometimes months to simply acknowledge it and offer a solution. Microsoft did it the same day, so kudos to them for that (even if it was very surprising)
  11. andylyon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    I and several people I know didn't do a fresh install from Leopard to Snow Leopard and we have had no problems.
  12. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I had a Macbook that I had just purchased and upgraded the hard drive and RAM. I then put a fresh install of Leopard on it. No other software at all (I had not had the chance).

    The very next day Snow Leopard was released so I ran down and bought it that morning. I ran the upgrade and the OS was buggy, slow with programs installed after crashing. So I did a clean install after and everything worked great and fast.

    The point being this is the first and last time I will try an upgrade install with any OS. If an upgrade over a virgin install of an operating system and computer made by the same company fail. How could I trust an OS upgrade on a computer with a year or more of use where the OS and computer are made by different entities?
  13. andylyon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    You may have just been very unlucky, it was one instance. Although it would annoy the hell out of me too and make me wary.
  14. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    Two machines here - exactly the same experience as v-g4. A very new install of L - upgrade to SL - and its turned unusable.

    How does luck come in to this? It's 1's and 0's. It should just work.

    Hmm - where've I heard that before.
  15. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    People seem to forget that people are also having trouble with Snow Leopard. Apple has it's share of problems to. People just like to rag on Microsoft.
  16. BongoBanger macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    And this has what to do with Windows 7?

    Moral of story: Always do a clean install no matter what OS you use.
  17. Unprocessed1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 23, 2008
    Especially windows when you buy a computer. The manufacturers love to load the hard drive up with nonsense.
  18. tonyshucraft macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2008
    I had no problems with my install of Snow Leopard. In fact, it made things better.....kind of. We were having issues getting World of Warcraft working on my iMac with Leopard and could get it to run no matter what we did and went through hell with Blizzard's support team. Then I upgraded to SL and now I need to get a new Mac sometime in the near future due to lack of availability issues.:mad:
  19. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Catastrophe? Hardly, considering the vast majority of upgrades went very well.

    Again, the success of either Microsoft or Apple, does not have to come at the failure of the other.
  20. angelneo macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2004
    How is this related to Windows 7? The linked thread in question is about Vista and their updates, nothing about upgrading Vista to 7. And the poster you quoted just mentioned that he/she hope Windows 7 will have better patch update rollout.

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