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Microsoft Windows Vista Upgrade Considerations

This is the last article in the series detailing Microsoft’s newest operating system named Vista. The previous two articles described the versions of Vista intended for home users. There are a couple of additional versions of Vista intended for businesses that are not covered in this series.

You have read about Vista, seen the commercials, and heard all the hype. Now the question becomes – am I ready to upgrade? When deciding whether to upgrade to Vista there are several considerations that need to be taken into account. Which are as follows:

  1. Hardware – if keeping current system will it be sufficient to run Vista or will an upgrade, or new system, be required?

  2. Software – will all your software be compatible with Vista? To determine if you need upgrade your software need to check with the publisher to determine compatibility.

  3. Peripherals – can all of your peripherals, such as printers, scanners and additional devices, work under Vista? This usually is can be determined using the Vista Upgrade Advisor, which is discussed later.

  4. Data – this entails creating a data backup plan if upgrading a current system and migrating data and settings to a new system if necessary.

Vista System Requirements Per Microsoft:

Recommended System Requirements for Vista Home Basic:

Recommended System Requirements for Vista Home Premium:

If this all seems overwhelming and you are not sure if your system meets the requirements then you can use the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor (link at end of article) to determine if your system is ready for Vista.

The Vista Upgrade Advisor will test your system to determine if the system meets the standards for running Vista. The test will create a report that details what will and will not work with Vista. The report lists possible problems with hardware, software and presents solutions for rectifying the problems before installing or upgrading to Vista.

If the report comes back numerous problems that will be troublesome to fix then it advisable not to upgrade your current system but invest in a newer Vista capable system. To make migrating to a new system easier Microsoft has created Windows Easy Transfer (link at end of article) which can be used to transfer custom settings and files from the old system to the new system.

Upgrade Advice and Summary:

Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor


Windows Easy Transfer


Purchase Windows Vista
This is the Home Premium Upgrade version that allows upgrades from Windows XP or Windows 2000.

MS Vista Home Premium Upgrade

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