I just tried to copy over my “My Documents” folder from one XP machine to the new Windows 7 machine.
Hold onto your hats.
It said that it was going to take 28 minutes or so … across a Gigabit Ethernet. That seemed fair. I have a lot of pictures. So after about 15 minutes the screen went into ‘sleep’ mode. I woke it up.
File transfer had STOPPED when it went into ‘sleep’ mode. No warning. No restart. Just stopped. I have my power settings, this being a desktop, set to ‘BALANCED’ — basically saying Windows 7 should do what is best.
Microsoft … wakey … wakey …. this is 2009. Not, 1969. You know, we know how to checkpoint and restart file transfers. Yep, there is even a cute little protocol called FTP.
So this was strike two. << The backup failure was strike one >> I am NOT amused. Come on. Nobody had this happen to them during the year of testing? OK, it possible. Only 14 year old nerds tested Windows 7 and none of them had 4,000 medium-resolution pictures of their kids.
My wife takes these 20 second video clips on the camera. [Yes, we have a DVD camera too … but she likes to take these short clips.]
So on the folders Windows 7 copied … there were two of these .mov clips. Clicked on the first. Played like a charm. BRAVO. We were impressed.
Clicked on the second one. It hung.
Closed the folder. Reopened the folder. Clicked on the second clip. It hung.
This is NOT GOOD. Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit.
This is basic motherhood and apple pie stuff. I am shaken. Damn.
After the restart, it all works fine.
P.S. System Mechanic 9.0.x has now hung 6 times. System Mechanic has issues with Windows 7. Take that from me.
So strike three. Buyers remorse. Stupid system. I guess I will now have to wait 24 months for Windows 7 SP2 that will fix these fundamental problems.
Don’t even MENTION Linux. I have Ubuntu on a PC, for my daughter. It is STABLE, but no where near industrial strength for a grizzled, 56 year old guy like me … who used his first computer at 16, and has been in computers since then.
So … help.