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FollowthesestepsinWindowsXPtomanuallycheckyour

availablediskspace:

1. OpenMyComputerorWindowsExplorer.

2. Right-clickonthemainharddriveandselectProperties;

Figure1.15showsanexample.



Figure1.15.Accessingthedesktopproperties.

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3. RefertotheFreeSpaceamount,asshowninFigure1.16.



Figure1.16.Checkingtheavailablediskspace.



Ifyou'relow(orgoingtorunlowaftertheVistainstallation)on

diskspace,hereareafewthingsyoucandotomakemore

room:

Organizeyourpersonalfilesanddocumentsanddeleteany

unwantedfiles.

RuntheDiskCleanuputility(whichcanbefoundby

navigatingtoStart,AllPrograms,Accessories,System

Tools)tocleartheRecycleBinandtemporaryfiles.

Uninstallunusedorunwantedsoftwareapplicationsor

games.



Considermovingorarchivingitemsthattakeupagreat

dealofspacetoanotherlocation,suchasaUSBflashdrive,

CDs,DVDs,orasecondaryharddrive.

Ifyoufindthatyoucan'tfreeupenoughspace,youmighthave

toaddanotherharddrive.Herearesometipstogetyou

started:

Itmightbeeasiertofreeuproomonyourexistingmain

harddrivebymovingpersonalfilesandlargeapplicationsto

theadditionalharddriveyou'reinstalling.

Considergettinganexternalharddriveforeasier

installationandmobility.

InvestigateyourPC'sconnectiontypes,suchasifyouhave

USB(andifit'sversion1.1or2.0)forexternaldrivesor

whetheryouhaveEIDEorSATAforinternaldrives.USB2.0

isthebestbet.SATAdrivesarefaster.

Youcanuseonlinetools,suchasInSPECS

(www.powerleap.com),whichwillscanyoursystemand

givehardwarerecommendationsthatarecompatiblewith

yourparticularsystem;usingthismethodeliminates

manuallyinspectingyourPCandfiguringoutallthe

specificsofyoursystem.



6.CheckCDDriveType

YoushouldpaycloseattentiontothetypeofCDdriveyourPC

hasbecausetheretailversionofWindowsVistaonlycomes

packagedwithaDVDratherthanaplainCD.Fittingeverything

forVistaononeDVDratherthanhavingtousemultipleCDsis

beneficial;however,it'snotthatuncommonforolderPCs—even

thosesoldinthepastseveralyears—tonotincludeaDVDdrive.

ToseeifyourdriveisDVDcapable,justlookatthefrontofthe

drivedoor.YoushouldseeaDVDlogo(suchasshowninFigure

1.17)alongwithothers,suchastheCompactDiscorCD

writable/rewritablelogos.

Figure1.17.ExampleofaCDdrivewiththeDVDlogos;

courtesyofPlextorLLC.

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IfyourPCdoesn'thaveaDVDdriveandyouprefernotto

upgradeyourCDdrive,youcanorderasetofplainCDsfrom

Microsoftforasmallfeeandshippingcosts.Formore

information,visit:

www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/1033/ordermedia

Ifyou'renotafraidtoopenupyourPC,youcouldupgradeyour

CDdrivetoaDVDdrive,whichisfairlyeasy.Itwouldalsosave

youfromhavingtoshelloutmoremoneytoMicrosoftand

waitingfortheplainCDsinthemail.Hereareafewthingsto

considerwhenswitchingoutyourCDdrive:

AlthoughonlyaregularDVDdriveisneededtoinstall



WindowsVista,considerpurchasingadrivewithDVD

writingcapabilitiesincaseyouwanttomakeDVDsinthe

future.

Keepinmindthecolorofthedriveifyou'reconcerned

aboutitmatchingyourPC.

MostPCshaveanextraCDdriveslotintowhichyoucould

installtheDVDdrive,insteadofremovingtheexistingCD

drive.



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