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Beginners Guides: Installing Windows Vista

Beginners Guides: Installing Windows Vista - PCSTATS
Abstract: Installing Microsoft Windows operating systems has never been too hard, but Windows Vista's install process does differ in several ways from that of Windows XP, especially when it comes to handling hard drive selection...
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Upgrading to Windows Vista; Compatibility

Enter your Activation key, accept the license terms and hit 'next.'

Choose the 'upgrade' option and wait while the Vista installer checks your system's software and hardware for compatibility with Windows Vista.

Assuming that your computer meets the minimum hardware requirements, any problems here will be software based. Listed first in the compatibility report results will be any programs that must be removed before Vista can be installed. Daemon tools, the popular CD image player, is one example.

Listed second are any programs and drivers that will not interfere with the upgrade but may not work after it. Note these down now, as you will want to check and possibly replace each of them after the upgrade is done. PCSTATS advises you to quit the install process now and go online to download Vista-compatible versions of the offending software. Store them along with the other Vista drivers you already downloaded.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Installing Windows Vista
 Pg 2.  The Windows Vista clean install process
 Pg 3.  Getting Around Activating Vista
 Pg 4.  Selecting the Hard Drive for Vista
 Pg 5.  Creating Partitions and Formatting
 Pg 6.  Installing Vista over an old Windows installation
 Pg 7.  Finishing the Fresh Installation
 Pg 8.  Finishing the Fresh Installation Con't
 Pg 9.  Vista installation with RAID 0 or 1 (Advanced)
 Pg 10.  Upgrading to Windows Vista
 Pg 11.  — Upgrading to Windows Vista; Compatibility
 Pg 12.  Upgrading to Windows Vista; Device Drivers

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