Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Migration to Windows Seven, KIS and DST

Migrating to Windows 7 is pretty easy. You can either replace previous Windows with Windows Seven or Multi-boot Windows Seven with previous Operating Systems. If your primary partition isn’t big enough [less than 12GB] then install new OS in other partition. Another solution is expanding the primary partition. You can try good partition manager software like symantec partition magic, acronis disk director suite etc. Be careful about keeping backup of your data and partition table. Anyway, I’ll describe it in detail in another day.

If you want to replace the previous Operating System then make backup of your important data from C: drive (if it is Windows). For example, if you were using Yahoo Messenger then you can copy your archive from the following directory: C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Messenger\Profiles\Your User Name\Archive\
Put your correct yahoo username in the location. Same way you can copy your unfinished downloads of Internet Download Manager to resume them back.
Backup other files and folder if you have kept them in C: drive.

Install Windows Seven in the drive you decided to install. If you want to replace the previous Windows it will be C drive.

After installation check out if you are using a final release or beta version.
Open registry editor (in run dialog box type regedit).
Now navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
Check out the follow string values for final release:
CurrentBuildNumber : 7600 [Build number]
CurrentVersion : 6.1 [Windows Version]
BuildLabEx : 7600.16385.x86fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255

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Or type this in command prompt:

c:\> reg query "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion" /v BuildLabEx

If it matches then you got the right hit!

Who knows! May be next software you are going to install may be an infection of parasitic viruses after installing which will instantly create millions of replicas and boom!!
Cool down. There is way. The first thing you should do is installing an antivirus software.

If you were using a previous release of Kaspersky Internet Security or other Antivirus softwre and found that it isn't working under Windows Seven don't be overwhelmed.

Get Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 [KIS is current up-to-date version] and install. This version has implemented Windows Seven security features and its performance isn't bad. One thing to remember if you are gamer. You need to run Windows Experience Index for rating before installing KIS. After installing KIS you won’t be able to run WEI successfully. I think kaspersky will soon release a patch or fix it in next release.

Download latest Kaspersky from here and install.
Note that, softwares like Kaspersky Internet Security are damn useless if they are not updated. So before proceeding to do anything next update the antivirus.

You can also update the antivirus manually if you have slower internet connection or no connection at all. Instructions here. Remember one command to download the updates and then update from the downloaded files.

If you are not in Bangladesh skip Step 4.

Fix your day computer timezone for light saving(DST) time coz your PC is showing one hour less than original. To fix it install patch from here.

Now select timezone Dhaka as shown in image.

Now install applications/softwares one after one scanning by KIS as you need. Have fun with secured system.

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