Yesterday, I downloaded Windows 7 in the form of an ISO file, a 2.35 GB behemoth that is a disk image that must be burned to an DVD install disk. This was step one in my quest to stuff Windows 7 release candidate onto a netbook.
The download took five hours on a Lenovo Ideapad S10 Model 4231 using its slooow Wifi capabilities. It seems seems to have gone smoothly, but I have been stuck most of the day trying to find someone who will loan me a portable DVD burner so I don’t have spend $80 on a new one. According to the download instructions, the next step is to burn an installation DVD from the ISO image.
So this evening I traveled to a friend across town in the driving rain across town to pick one up. It possibly could be the first portable DVD drive ever – an HP dvd200e with a manufacture date of 2002. A neighbor might have a newer loaner for me tomorrow.
Sorry, but I am cheap these days about buying electronics I don’t absolutely need because I have boxes of discarded and little-used digital detritus – cell phones, TV remotes and PDAs – that I don’t know how to get rid of…lots of cables, too. I also have a fine burner in my desktop and could burn the DVD there, but still need one the portable player to get the install DVD to commune with the netbook.
Alas, it’s too damned late to set all this up. My plan is to burn the DVD in my desktop burner and then use the portable burner with the netbook. So I never had to download the 2.35GB ISO image alluringly named 7100.0.90421-1700_x86fre blah, blah, blah on the netbook.
While it may sound like I know what I am doing (I don’t), there’s still several barriers to a successful install between now and the time I finish this effort one way or another tomorrow. But I’m hanging tough.