Consider Before Switching to Windows Vista

by on October 29th, 2007

Here is a list of those points which you should consider while upgrading to vista. If you are a professional than the Upgrade will be a decision that must be careful enough to know all the changes and differences which have been made in windows vista release because your previous hardware and software that you used to work on Windows XP may not be compatible with vista so you also need upgrade that.

This does also requires you to spend extra money just to use Microsoft’s new Operating System without any glitch.

Although you should know that vista is the most secure OS in Microsoft’s History. When Windows XP was launched it was targeted for Business use but vista is specifically designed for digital home entertainment (Vista home premium) also including many features for business (vista business edition) users also. When vista was launched many productive software were incompatible but now vendors have given updates and patches.

If you are running a PC with 512 MB RAM you could have some performance issues while using vista, you should consider upgrading to at least 1024 MB.

  • You need to have compatible hardware
  • You need to have compatible software
  • Be prepared for learning the new features (as many things has been changed from Windows XP)
Windows Vista: Software And Hardware Compatibility

Now that Vista is installed, time to install some softwares on Windows Vista. Before anything else is installed, the most important thing software to install is an anti virus software. There are few anti virus software that works for Windows Vista:

  1. AVG Anti Virus Free Edition works on Windows Vista. The AVG Anti Virus Free edition will not work on the 64-bit version of Windows. You’d have to buy the professional license.
  2. Trend Micro is offering free 90-days trial to PC-Cillin Internet Security for Windows Vista beta testers
  3. Avast Anti Virus

Mozilla Firefox problem for Vista
Firefox works well on Windows Vista but it has a funny twitching bug. The problem can be solved by either adding something to the bookmark bar or hide the bookmark bar.
Opera 9.02 Works.
iTunes 7 Works. The most important thing for me is iTunes can access and play shared music from another computer.
Quicktime 7 Works.
Foxit Reader 2.0 Works.
Skype Skype works, outgoing and incoming calls are working just fine.
Yahoo Messenger 8 (With voice) — Works.
Windows Live Messenger Works but incompatible with Windows Aero color scheme. When Windows Live Messenger is running Windows Vista will its color scheme to Windows Vista Basic.
mIRC Works.
TightVNC Works but very slow. It takes longer to view the desktop than usual. Perhaps disabling Windows Aero and removing desktop wallpaper will improve the speed.
UltraEdit Works.
FeedDemon Works. The reason I’m using FeedDemon is because of its ability to sync with NewsGator online so I don’t have to import my RSS subscription. I miss NetNewsWire already.
Putty Works.
Java Runtime Environment Version 5.0 Update 6 — Works. Azureus runs well on Windows Vista.
WinRAR 3.61 Works.
VLC Works.
Microsoft C# 2005 Express Edition Works.

Please note that all listings are subject to change and it is up to the user to make sure any hardware or software is compliant with Microsoft Vista before installation.
Most software and hardware is listed with which mode of Microsoft Vista i.e 32 bit or 64 bit the device or software is compatible with. See the distributor or manufacturers website for more details.

Please read from Microsoft themselves

Applications that have earned the “Certified for Windows Vista” logo or the “Works with Windows Vista” logo…

See Vista Updates & Patches/Drivers sticky for more information on drivers and patches.

Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0

Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0

Brief Description Of Upgrade Advisor 

Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor is designed to help Windows XP users identify whether their PCs are ready for an upgrade to Windows Vista, which edition of Windows Vista meets their needs, and which features of Windows Vista will be able to run on their PCs.

File Name: WindowsVistaUpgradeAdvisor.msi
Version: 1.0
Language: English
Download Size: 6.6 MB
Estimated Download Time: 16 min 56K Dial-up (56K)DSL/Cable (256K)DSL/Cable (768K)T1 (1.5M) 16 min

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows XP Service Pack 2
A minimum of .NET Framework 1.1 and MSXML 4.0

Download Upgrade advisor and test wether your computer is suitable for Windows Vista or not.

More detailed hardware and software compatibilities about WIndows Vista can be found over here at tom’s hardware.