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Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

When upgrading your computer's version of Windows to a newer version, there is always the question of if your current hardware will run the operating system properly. Sure it may install just fine and actually run but will it run good enough to do the things you need to do?

The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor is a utility from Microsoft that will allow you to determine if your Windows XP based computer can run Windows Vista. It’s designed to help Windows XP users identify which edition of Vista meets their needs, whether their computers can be upgraded to Vista, and which features of Vista will be able to run on their computers. If you are already running Windows Vista you can also use the Upgrade Advisor to determine if your computer can run more powerful edition of Vista.

The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor will scan your computer and create a report of all known system, device, and program compatibility issues, and recommend ways to resolve them. It can also help you to choose the edition of Windows Vista has the features that will benefit you the most.

Before you start the scan, plug in any devices that you use with your computer, such as printers, scanners, or external hard drives so they can be detected by the utility.

After installing the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor double click the icon to run it. Click the Start Scan button to begin the process. When its complete it will show you the results of the scan.

From here you can see which areas of your computer have issues such as the Devices section in the above example. Click on See Details for a more detailed explanation of what the issues are.

You can also see a summary of your system, devices and programs under the Report Details section. This shows a breakdown of your computer’s hardware and software components.

The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor works with 32 bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista. Click here for more details and to download the tool.


 

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