When you have finished any mandatory software removals and downloaded your
new drives, restart the installation process and click 'next' on the
compatibility report screen to begin the upgrade.
After a couple of restarts, you will be presented with the Windows Vista
welcome page... You will also be presented with a bunch of compatibility
warnings. Any of your drivers or programs that load on startup and are not
compatible with Vista will be listed here. Again make notes, then remove
any incompatible programs via the 'start\control panel\programs\uninstall a
program' window and install the Vista-compatible drivers and software you
Open the device manager to make sure all hardware drivers have been
installed correctly. To open device manager, open the 'start' menu and
right-click on 'computer'. Select 'properties'. Click 'device
manager' in the left-hand pane.
Any entries in the device manager window with yellow exclamation points
beside them you will need to install new Vista compatible device drivers
for. Make sure you have not missed anything. After this final step,
enjoy your new Windows Vista system!
Dual-booting Windows Vista
It's quite possible to dual boot Windows Vista with a
variety of operating systems, and indeed fairly easy to do so, provided you have
a free drive or partition. If you do not, it adds a few extra hoops, but nothing
that a good guide can't clear up. Look for the PCSTATS guide to Dual-booting
Windows Vista shortly!
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