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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; Device Drivers

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 downloaded earlier.

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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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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