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Section 1. Use Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

Section 1. Use Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

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InadditiontousingtheUpgradeAdvisorwhen

upgradingfromWindowsXP,youcanalsouseit

withWindowsVistatoevaluateyoursystemforan

upgradetoadifferentflavorofVista.



Inadditiontoquicklyshowinganycompatibilityissueswith

yourPC'shardwareorsoftware,theWindowsVistaUpgrade

Advisoralsotriestocomeupwithsolutionstoanyfoundissues,

andgivesrecommendationsonwhichVistaversionwouldwork

bestwithyoursystemandforyourcomputingneeds.The

UpgradeAdvisoralsoletsyouknowifyoursystemwillsupport

new,resource-hoggingfeatures,suchasVista'sAerointerface.

Tip

IfyoufindthatthelocationoftheUpgradeAdvisor

haschangedfromtheaddressgiveninstep1,you

canvisittheMicrosoftWindowsmainwebsite

(www.microsoft.com/windows),browsetothe

WindowsVistasection,andfindalinktothe

UpgradeAdvisor.



Let'sgetstartedbydownloadingandinstallingtheadvisor:

1. Openyourwebbrowserandgotothefollowingwebpage(see



www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upg



Figure1.1.ExampleoftheWindowsVistaUpgradeAdvis



ClickheretodownloadtheWindowsVistaUpgradeAdvisor.



2. ClicktheDownloadWindowsVistaUpgradeAdvisorlinktodownloadthe

computer.TheDownloadDetailspagewillappear.

3. Tobeginthedownload,clicktheDownloadbutton.



4. OntheFileDownload–SecurityWarningprompt,clickSave,asshownin



Figure1.2.SavingtheWindowsVistaUpgradeAdvis

computer.



5. Browsetoandselectalocationtoplacethefile(Figure1.3showsthefi

theDesktop),andclickSave.



Figure1.3.SavingtheWindowsVistaUpgradeAdviso

downloading.

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6. Afterthedownloadiscompleted,clickRun(seeFigure1.4)tobeginthe

theWindowsVistaUpgradeAdvisor.MicrosoftInternetExplorershouldd

dialogbox,askingyoutoconfirmthatyouwanttorunthissoftware.Cli



Figure1.4.StartingtheWindowsVistaUpgradeAdvi



7. TheWindowsVistaUpgradeAdvisorSetupWizardwillappear.ClickNex

1.5).



Figure1.5.TheWindowsVistaUpgradeAdvisorSetu

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Tip



TogetthemostoutoftheUpgradeAdvisor,youshouldmakesur

yourdevices,suchasexternaldrives,printers,andscanners,are

pluggedinandpoweredonbeforerunningtheWindowsVistaUp

Advisor.ThisallowstheUpgradeAdvisortoprovidefeedbackont

compatibilityofthesedevicesaswell.



8. Completetheinstallationbyfollowingthedirectionsgivenbythesetup

Aftertheinstallationiscomplete,youcanruntheadvisor:

1. OpentheWindowsVistaUpgradeAdvisorbyclickingonthe

iconontheStartmenu(seeFigure1.6),ordouble-clickon

thedesktopicon(ifyouchosetoinstallit).



Figure1.6.OpeningWindowsVistaUpgrade

AdvisorfromtheStartmenu.



ClickStart.



ChooseAllPrograms.



SelectWindowsVistaUpgradeAdvisor.



2. ClickStartScan.

Whilewaitingforthescantocomplete,youcancompare

eachflavorofVista,asshowninFigure1.7.



Figure1.7.Buttonstoaccessinformation

aboutWindowsVista.

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3. Afterthescaniscompleted,clicktheSeeDetailsbutton.

4. Nowyoucanreviewyourreport.Thefollowingpages

providedetailsonusingtheUpgradeAdvisor.

Tip

IfyouwouldlikeasecondopinionaboutyourPC's



abilitytosupportWindowsVista,youcancheck

outPCPitstop'sVistaReadinessCenterat

www.pcpitstop.com/vistaready.



Thefirstthingtolookforwhenviewingyourreportfromthe

WindowsVistaUpgradeAdvisoristhemessageatthetop,

whichwillgiveyouaquick,in-a-nutshellideaofyoursystem's

compatibilitywithWindowsVista.

Figure1.8showsanexampleofarecommendationexplaining

thatthesysteminquestionmightnotbewellsuitedtoVista

withoutsomeupgradesfirst.

Figure1.8.UpgradeAdvisorprovidesanin-a-nutshell

summaryofyoursystem'sprospectswithVista.



OveralladvicefromUpdateAdvisor



ChooseaversionofVistahereand...



...readadescriptionofwhoisbestsuitedforthisversion.



Themiddlepartofthereportissimplyanintroductiontothe

differentVistaeditions,similartowhatwasshownwhilethe

UpgradeAdvisorscannedthesystem.Usethebuttonstothe

lefttochooseaversionofVistaaboutwhichyouwanttoknow

more.

Thebottomofthereport(seeFigure1.9)iswhereyoucan

accessmoredetailsonanyissuesthatwerefoundduringthe

scan.

Figure1.9.Thebottomofthereportiswhereyoucan

accessmoredetailsonanyfoundissues.



Advisorcategories



Numberofissuesfoundineachcategory



Clicktoreadmoreabouttheidentifiedissues.



ClickingontheSeeDetailsbuttonstakesyoutothe

correspondingsectionoftheReportDetailspage;Figure1.10

showstheSystemsectionoftheReportDetailspage.

Figure1.10.Exampleofthereport'sdetailsonthe

Systemsection.



Clicktabstoscanthroughthereportcategories.



Tip



Beforeclosingthereport,it'salsoagoodideato

printthetasklistandsavethereport,usingthe

buttonsintheupper-rightcornerofthereport,so

thatyoucanreferencetherecommendationslater.



OntheReportDetailspage,youcanclickonthetabs(System,

Devices,andPrograms)toviewthedetailsoftheothersections

ofthereport,oryoucanclickontheTaskListtabtoreviewthe

summaryofwhatitrecommendsyoushoulddobeforeand

aftertheupgradetoVista.



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