I have my copy of Windows Vista and I’m ready to install it. Are there any last minute tips you can give me on doing this? I want to ensure it will all be done right.
That seems to be one of the most asked questions of the month. Ever since Microsoft’s release of the new operating system at the end of January, Vista has become one of the new crazes throughout the world. Now, you may or may not have checked into it for yourself, but either way, it’s a good idea to get your computer and yourself prepared for it.
So, if you’re ready to install Vista right now (like the person who asked this question), go ahead and follow this tip (to the key) right away. If you’re going to wait awhile before you upgrade your operating system, you might just want to tuck this tip away and save it for that day. Below are some tips you can use to get your system ready for Windows Vista. If you want the optimal performance from Vista, it’s best to follow them as best you can. Alright, here we go!
1.) Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor – I have already talked quite a bit about this one, but it’s important, so I’ll go over it again. Microsoft has made an upgrade advisor program that anyone can use to test their computer for Vista compatibility. You can run this program on your computer and it will tell you if your PC can handle Vista or not and if it can, which version will be best for you. It is very helpful in finding out the information you need to know the most. You can read more about it and find the link for the download here  for some help on the whole scanning process.
2.) Back It Up – Of course, this should be a default for you by now. We always hit this one hard and we do, because it’s so important. You’ll want to be sure to back up any files, documents, e-mails, etc. before you install Vista. Make sure you have everything you’re going to need backed up and ready for a new beginning.
3.) Hardware Compatibility – Another important thing to do is check for hardware compatibility on your machine. The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor will help you with this as well. Once your computer is scanned, it will have a list of potential problems you might run into, concerning your hardware. If there are any device conflicts, the Advisor will let you know. If, for some reason, one of your devices does not come up, you may want to check with its manufacturer just to make sure it will be compatible with Vista.
4.) Software Compatibility – This is pretty much the same as the one above. The Upgrade Advisor will also check the software you have installed on your computer for any problems. If there are any issues, it will list them out for you and even give you some recommendations on how to fix them. You can then go through those suggestions and get your computer all ready for the new Vista.
5.) Update, Update, Update – As you can probably tell, this one is about updating your computer. It’s important that you have all of the most recent security and hardware updates installed on your computer. If you’re not up to date, how do you expect Vista to be able to work right for you?!
6.) Requirements – Before you do anything, you’ll want to make sure that your computer does match all of the system requirements for Vista. You can find a list of all of those right here. Do take the time to look over them carefully, because if you’re missing just one little piece of the puzzle, Vista will not work properly and it could end up causing you more trouble down the road. Also, make sure you have the right amount of disk drive space for Vista. If you don’t, you could run into some additional trouble.
7.) Security Software – If you have an antivirus program or any other security type software installed on your computer, you’ll want to either uninstall them or, at least, disable them before you go on with the Vista upgrade. These types of programs are known for causing problems with new Windows installations, so you’ll want to make sure they’re all turned off before you begin.
8.) Take Your Time – If you’ve followed all of the above tips and you think you’re really ready to begin your upgrade, make sure you have enough time to do it right. The Vista upgrade can take up to several hours, so you’ll need to be prepared for the long haul. Maybe plan a Saturday that you can use to get the whole thing done. Chances are, you’ll need to be around or near your computer during the whole installation, so you can’t put the disk in and then leave. Just keep your computer in sight and your install will go so much better.
Alright, there you have it. If you follow these eight steps, your Vista upgrade will go as well as you could ever imagine. It will run smooth and your computer will then be at its best for you. And nothing’s more important than that!