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Recommended Steps Before Installing Vista.

Before installing Windows Vista on your computer I suggest you follow the below steps.

  1. Backup your data - As recommended with all previous versions of Windows. If you're upgrading your computer make sure to make a backup of any important data.
  2. Check for hardware compatibility - Make sure to download the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor utility and test your computer for any potential device conflicts. If you have any devices that do not contain data or are not compatible you may want to visit the drivers page for your manufacturer and make sure the device is compatible and/or has drivers for Windows Vista.
  3. Check software compatibility - The Advisor will also display potential issues with any software programs installed on the computer and suggest recommendations. Make sure to go through each of these recommendations before upgrading to Windows Vista.
  4. Update - Make sure your computer has all the latest security updates and hardware updates installed. 
  5. Verify requirements - Make sure your system meets the Windows Vista system requirements. In addition verify you have the available disk drive space.
  6. Disable / Uninstall Anti-virus and other security software - Anti-virus programs and other security software is notorious for causing issues with new Windows installations. Before installing Windows Vista I suggest disabling / uninstalling any anti-virus programs or other security software that is installed on the computer.
  7. Have available time - The Windows Vista install takes several hours ( Go Make Coffee And Get A Book ) be prepared to be around the computer for several hours during the install.

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