Essentially, I restored my windows 7 image after 2 unsuccessful attempts. If anyone has any tips for an upgrade, please do chime in
from that link:
One amazing thing about the upgrade is the ability for Windows 8 to retain your PROGRAMS from your Windows 7 installation. This is basically unheard of for a Windows major upgrade. That was the deal maker for me. Before that, I saw a better file transfer dialog (with multiple threads and pause buttons!), a revamped and bigger "start" experience (where it basically takes over the entire screen and with more info), a snappier interface, and some other interesting bells and whistles. It certainly seemed painless and worth it.
I downloaded the update, on my DSL connection it took about 2 hours. It checked my system, which took a little while. It mentioned that these applications were not compatible:
- Daemon Tools Pro
- My Intel network driver (windows 8 would later install its own and it worked fine)
- windows 7 bluetooth assistant
- I think there were a couple of other programs too, but I had forgotten
I had to ensure there was 20gb free on my system disk, uninstall the programs, and restart the computer.
I did so, and then setup took about 30 minutes. Here comes the first problem, a fairly major one. I went to go watch a movie, and upon my return I found the worst kind of display. A black screen with basic grey letters, plainly stating, "MBR Error 1 - please .... etc etc etc."
I had not changed the drives whatsoever since my last windows 7 installation in June. My system drive was an OCZ Vertex Plus, and the other drives, two hitachi 3 TB and 2 seagate 2TB drives, of the platter variety.
I went into the recovery console and attempted to fix the mbr, but it had no effect. When I went into the BIOS, I saw that my OCZ drive did not exist any longer! I tried a few things to get it to show - I changed the port, I did a power drain and restart, nothing.
I put the drive in other computers, and it was not being discovered in them either. I tried a USB to Sata converter and tried to discover it again, even on my android tablet - no go.
The drive seems dead! It is quite possible that this has nothing to do directly with windows, but perhaps the drive is defective and the stress of the erasure and re-installation routines pushed it past it's limit. I left, right before hurricane Sandy, and got an Intel SSD, same size. On the way back, the hurricane winds started getting stronger.
I installed this drive and was immediately met with problems restoring my system image - apparently windows didn't like all the different drives/partitions I had - GPT drives are not kosher at all to windows. Anyway, I disconnected most of the drives, and was able to restore my old Windows 7 drive exactly the way it was before this entire fiasco.
I then tried again to upgrade to Windows 8.
It went a bit faster this time, and I attributed this to the fact that the drive was of higher build quality. I was brought to a desktop which looked JUST like my windows 7 desktop, with all of my programs in order, my old background, etc..
I did notice that the start screen doesn't have the recently used files for each program. I will certainly miss this. I noticed that the sidebar which slides out can sometimes get in the way of certain programs such as Reaper.
Interestingly, most of my activations were intact in windows 8! My plugins seemed to work great - I noticed that some of them were missing GUIs and was hoping it was a temporary glitch due to video drivers.
A program called "Mac Drive" which I use for reading and making Mac discs needed to be repaired, so I set that to repair itself on the next reboot. I also needed to install my new Nvidia drivers. It also needed a reboot. I finally let the system reboot - and that was the last time I saw Windows 8 in action. It kept rebooting over and over again, going into automatic repairs and failing, and I was never able to get back in. I tried different fixes but no go. I think maybe I confused it by having it reboot and repair two things at once, or perhaps Mac Drive bungled something up. Anyway, I was at my wit's end. After driving to Scranton for a drive, getting two hours of sleep, and wasting my time (although everything I had to do was cancelled due to the storm), I just wanted to use my computer again. So, using the process above, I restored Windows 7 again.
I am of the current thinking that a clean installation of Windows 8 would be far better, but I am not ready to reinstall every single program and plugin I have. It's just far too much. Maybe I will try and upgrade and uninstall MacDrive first.
so yeah windows 8 kinda messed up my night haha. While hurricane sandy battered the coast, Windows 8 battered the confidence I had in Microsoft ;-)