Zune Thoughts: The Zune Review, Part 2: Software Install & Initial Setup

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Zune Review, Part 2: Software Install & Initial Setup

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 05:00 AM

After I finished unpacking the Zune box, it was time to fire it up and get it installed on my laptop, a Fujitsu P7020D. It's not a powerful laptop by any means – a 1.2 Ghz Pentium M CPU, 1 GB of RAM, and an 80 GB, 4200 RPM hard drive. It's great for traveling though, with its small 10.6" screen and excellent (10 hour) battery life, so it's a logical companion to a digital media player like the Zune. I inserted the Zune CD at 2 PM, and proceeded to have a very frustrating next five hours. What happened? Here we go...


I've already done a screenshot-heavy, super detailed walkthrough of the Zune Desktop software setup, so in this review I'm only going to include setup screenshots that are interesting or different from my previous Zune-less install. The first thing the software does is check for updates - presumably, checking for a newer version of itself. That's fine, but it took a full two minutes to confirm that there was no update. That's quite a while, though perhaps there were many other people installing the software and the update server was sluggish. But if Picasa can check for an update in one second, this software should be able to as well.


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