Due to getting the M$Shaft, I had to upgrade to Ultimate. It cost another $180 to do it. The entire reason was because M$Shaft decided that Home Premium wouldn’t have the authentication required in it’s IIS – so I can’t run Reporting Services. Then, the Virtual PC doesn’t support Home Premium either.
But ok, so I get the upgrade. It took 2 hours to examine my machine to check compatibilities. It took another 8 hours (I started it at 6am this morning, finished at 2pm) to perform the upgrade. Then another 20 minutes to ‘check my computer performance’. I run a Core 2 Duo with 2 gigs of Ram.
On the package it said 32-bit or 64-bit. I was happy, thinking I would upgrade to 64-bit. But no, nowhere did it say that you can only go from 32-bit to 32-bit. So another major disapointment. I suspose when I buy 2 more gigs of memory to run this hog, I will have to reformat and take another 10 hours to install the OS.
Lets be frank – I only run windows software on this work laptop in order to run my development environment. That is shame, as I would be more than willing to run Linux, etc… if it could run all my software.
I guess once MS hooks you into using some of their software, they proceed to rake you over the coals in expenses. $180 and 10 hours to upgrade… amazing.