How To Upgrade Your Desktop Hard Drive to SSD (Solid State Drive) in About an Hour

Kingston 480GB Desktop Upgrade KitReady for a performance boost?  Why not upgrade your hard drive to a super fast SSD drive? I’m running an “old” (circa December 2011) Dell Vostro desktop with an Intel Core 2 Quad, 4GB RAM and a 500GB SATA drive and decided I wanted to speed things up a bit.

Purchased a Kingston 480GB SSD drive upgrade kit for $280 which came with Acronis Image.

Pretty simple process to setup you just install it in in empty drive bay (make sure your BIOS is configured to recognize the drive), boot the Acronis CD which comes with the Kingston SSD upgrade kit, and in about 30 minutes it had copied about 200 GB of data to the new SSD. Removed the old SATA drive, rebooted and man was that fast!  Everything from startup / boot speed to Windows Explorer and programs–it is all much faster now.  

Windows 8 Consumer Preview: Let’s Install it on an Old Laptop!

Windows 8The new version of Windows has been released to beta testing, except don’t call it that, it is a “consumer preview”.  I downloaded a 64 bit version (better have a real high speed Internet connection as it clocks at over 3GB) and burned the ISO image to a DVD, then it ran a compatibility check and said my Microsoft Office 2010 would be okay but not my antivirus software, MS Security Essentials.  Went ahead and uninstalled it and then after saying it was okay to check for updates, the installer asked if I wanted to keep my Windows settings, apps and files (upgrade) or not (clean install).  The laptop I am installing the Windows 8 Preview is just an old HP Pavilion dv2000 which originally came with XP.  I had done a clean install of Windows 7 64 bit on a fresh hard drive last year so I really wanted to see how an UPGRADE would work.  A source of constant frustration with the upgrade path from XP to 7? Well basically it is non-existent, though it does keep your files in that WindowsOLD folder.  After about thirty minutes since the install began, looks like I have the final reboot.  I’ll post later on the outcome…..

Why It Is Over For Apple (And It is Not What You Think!) RIP Steve Jobs

You would have to really be a long, long way off the grid to have not heard the news by now: Steve Jobs, Apple CEO and TechnoWunderkind, died last week at the age of 56, from a brutal bout with a nasty cancer of the pancreas.  During his triumphant return to Apple he revolutionized the personal music player with the iPod, dragged the illegal music “sharing” business to legitimacy through the iTunes Store, created the smart-phone niche with the iPhone and then taught Microsoft nerds how to make a real tablet computer with the iPad.

With all that space age, whiz kid, Star Trek, OMG is it really that small (and expensive?) cult-like devotion and innovation–why do I think it is the beginning of the end for Apple?

Green Energy Company Shows Record Breaking Net Profit For 2010

dollar signLaPolla Industries, (LPAD) the green energy company, posted a large ($2M USD) net profit for 2010. You can visit their website for more information at

Full disclosure: I own shares in this company.

I highlighted a few key points below:


Lapolla Reports Record 2010 Year Results

HOUSTON, TX, Apr 11, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Lapolla Industries, Inc. (“Lapolla”) (LPAD) , a Houston based manufacturer and supplier of spray foam insulation, cool roof coatings and equipment designed to reduce energy consumption in the residential and commercial markets, for both new construction and retrofit applications, today announced results for the year ended 2010.

Overall Results of Operations

Green Energy Company Could Be Good Investment in Spray Foam Tech

dollar signLooking for a green energy company to invest in?  Check out LaPolla Industries  or watch this video

I own a few shares and have been watching them for almost four years–looks like my investment is getting ready to pay off…

I passed Microsoft Exam 70-653 (Configuring Small Business Server 2008)

Officially re-certified as a Microsoft Small Business Specialist!

March 10th, 2010—Victory is mine! My company, The Computer Doctor, prides itself on being a Mcrosoft Certified Partner, so when I exited the Prometric testing center, passing the latest Microsoft Certification I sat for, I was feeling pretty good. Scored an 800 on the test (you need 700 or better) so didn’t exactly “ace” it, but a win is a win. It was a challenging test, and in preparing for it this time I took a chance by only using the Microsoft Press Kit Book and the test simulator included with it.

Success! Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade On 3 yr Old Vista PC Is (Near) Perfection

As promised, I am reporting on the results of my recent upgrade to Microsoft’s newest operating system, the numerically titled “Windows 7”. Oh and never mind that it is not technically Bill’s 7th OS, maybe he was just looking for a little numerological mojo after the PR disaster that was Vista.

Since its official release two months ago, I have set up several PCs with Windows 7 preinstalled, did a clean install on my 4 year old laptop, and upgraded my wife’s’ 2009 model HP laptop which had Vista Home Premium. To date I have had nothing but success with the new OS but I had been waiting to upgrade my primary desktop…

Ballmer: Windows 7 selling like hotcakes

November 19, 2009 8:46 AM PST
by Ina Fried link to original article:;col1

Windows 7 isn’t just getting good reviews, it’s also selling well, CEO Steve Ballmer told shareholders Thursday.

Delivering opening remarks at Microsoft’s shareholder meeting, Ballmer said that Windows 7 was off to a “fantastic start.”

“We’ve already sold twice as many units as any OS in a comparable time frame,” Ballmer said. “Windows 7 is simply the best PC operating system that we or anyone else has ever built.”

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivers a point at the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference in July.

By last week, Windows 7 accounted for 4 percent of Web-accessing devices, according to Net Applications; it took Vista more than seven months to reach that level.

HP Laptop Gets Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade


As promised I wanted to let you know the results of UPGRADING to Windows 7 on an existing Windows Vista Laptop….

My wife had purchased a run of the mill HP laptop from the local superstore a few months ago–it had Windows Vista Premium 32bit, 3 GB RAM, and the Pentium Dual Core CPU.  She was very happy with the performance, and as she just uses it to RDP to her work computer, surf the Internet and do a few MS Office 2007 documents, it was a possible candidate for a custom/clean install, but since I had already done a clean install on MY laptop that went smoothly(see blog post below about how that went)., it was time to test the UPGRADE.

Windows 7 Installation on Four Year Old Laptop Worked Perfectly

microsoft-windows-7 As a Microsoft Certified Partner, my company, The Computer Doctor got our Windows 7 final copy last week as the official date for the new operating system has been confirmed for October 22nd.

This old laptop will run Windows 7???
The old Compaq Presario laptop (purchased November 2005, 2GB RAM, AMD Turion 64 processor, 60 GB hard drive) has served me pretty well with a factory installed Windows XP Pro SP2 which I have since installed a dual boot of Windows XP Pro 64bit, Windows Vista Business, Windows 7 Beta release, and now, Windows 7.