Build a Windows Vista Upgrade Parachute


You should now have enough knowledge and tools to build that better parachute, ensuring that your Windows Vista installation has a very soft landing.

Here is a set of 10 summary steps you can take to ensure success.

Ten Steps To An Easier Vista Installation

  1. Define your goals and objectives.
  2. Research the new features of Vista.
  3. Choose the edition that best suits your needs.
  4. In defining an upgrade strategy, remember the "horses for courses" concept. Computers for different types of applications will benefit from different strategies, as will computers of different ages (3 months old, 1 year old or 3 years old).
  5. Decide which installation strategy to adopt: in-place upgrade or a new installation.
  6. Double check that your graphics card supports the Windows Aero Experience.
  7. Don't forget peripherals. Is driver support available for your old scanner or digital camera? Check the Windows Hardware Compatibility List.
  8. Ensure that there's enough disk space for Vista.
  9. Identify the key business applications you need to test on Vista. Start by choosing which version of Office 200x you want to use.
  10. In business environments, involve and train those who are going to support Vista.

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  • Performing an upgrade to Vista is quite straight forward just follow the instructions here -
    Personally I dont think you really need any tools to install or upgrade to vista but whatever floats your boat.