So I’ve been testing out Windows XP RC1 on the system at home I like to call “freak”. It started out as an HP desktop about two years ago, but it doesn’t resemble the machine it once was. In fact, the HP restore disks no longer recognize it as an HP, which has led to ocassional issues in installing software. Prior to installing XP on the system, I had 2000 Professional on the machine. Everything worked, and worked smoothly. So my expectations were that everything device wise would continue to work after the upgrade. Boy was I mistaken.
I should note that I’m something of an idiot. You probably know this if you have read this site on a regular basis or have met me in person, but rest assured that I’m not exaggerating a bit when I say that. I didn’t read the install notes, I just burned a CD of RC1 and began my install. If I had read them, I would have noted that installing XP over Windows 2000 is an irreversible process. You can’t go back without starting over from scratch.
So I installed. At first, everything seemed normal, then I noticed that my sound card, which is the newest component in my machine, wasn’t working. After some surfing and a couple of emails, it was clear that the card wasn’t going to work for at least a month. Then, suddenly, the ethernet card, the second newest component, stopped working altogether. Haven’t been able to figure that one out yet. So that hampers my use of the machine a little. Then blue screen of death, blue screen of death, blue screen of death. Then constant rebooting without my interference. So now I’m debating whether I should make the huge migration back to Windows 2000 or wait for RC2 and the component vendors to release drivers and see if I can salvage things from where they are. It’s a good thing that this machine is more of a test bed for me than a machine I actually do work on.(I was saying the same thing late last year when I installed the Mac OS X beta.) Developing a working operating system is not an easy task.