We had a crazy snow storm yesterday and instead of a face to face meeting I now needed to run from home. At 8:30pm the night before I realized I had almost everything I needed. Almost…..
This was for a software company that runs on windows. I don’t have a laptop with windows and only had the training manual I was working through and the links to download the test database and software.
I wanted to make sure I could get it to work before morning just in case I couldn’t get to the db. That’s where are my real learning takes place. So I try to install Internet Explorer or Edge. IE is unsupported and Edge isn’t available yet.
Next I pulled my old laptop to try to get it to work on there. Hurrah it sees the program. BUT when you try to download I realize it’s a .exe file (duh!!) and it won’t work anyway. Not to worry that took about 20 mins to realize it was a failure.
Since I love a good challenge (and I really hate driving in the snow) I started to research a way to get Windows on my laptop. I know that it’s been mentioned before.
As always your first attempt is a disaster. I downloaded an application that needed a disk image to create the OS inside a virtual machine. This was so confusing and when I followed the tutorial I noticed that the file ext that the app needed was totally different from anything in my extracted file folders. Arrgghh!
Here we go to attempt two. Now it’s getting late. I wanted to back up my computer before I tried my final option. If this doesn’t work I’m heading into the storm.
I did some more research and wanted to try a trial of a paid software to see if I had better luck. VMWare was one of the top results so I looked there. The version I’m running is $80 for the cheapest version.
Then you need to install Windows. I took the time to research the file extension so I would be able to upload with no issues (hopefully!). Thankfully I was taken to Microsoft directly to download. I downloaded the 32 and 64 bit versions just in case. I started with 32 and the install seemed to fail.
All I saw was a spinning circle of dots. I think if I had waited a little longer (or maybe not) it would have worked but when I suspended the virtual session and reloaded the Blue windows install loaded and completed.
Just a note: YOU WILL BE ASKED FOR A PRODUCT CODE! When I searched you could find places where Windows Pro was $26 so in my opinion being able to set up a Windows OS for $100 is a pretty good deal.
RESULTS: Everything is working great. The only hitch is if I want to keep this setup. I might instead of carrying 2 laptops around with me.