Monday, July 21, 2008


Windows Vista has been out now for about 18 months, and it’s fairly common knowledge that Vista doesn’t play nice with some hardware and software. How do you know before you upgrade if the hardware and software you’re currently using is Vista compatible? Why, by using the Vista Compatibility Center website, that’s how:


Note No. 1: I upgraded recently myself, and can tell you that (as a very rough guide) if the hardware or software in question predates Windows XP, Vista will simply sneer at it and refuse to come out and play. That said, the fact that the hardware or software worked fine with Windows XP is still no guarantee that it will play nice with Vista.

Note No. 2: You should be careful when installing software on a Vista machine if you’re not certain that it is compatible with Vista (create a System Restore point immediately prior to installing). Why? I installed a freeware program on my Vista machine that had worked fine with Windows XP. The freeware program made changes to my Windows registry. The result-- Vista no longer recognized that Microsoft Office 2007 was installed on my computer. I had to delete the freeware program and do a System Restore before Vista would acknowledge that Microsoft Office 2007 was installed.

Note No. 3: Where the heck is System Restore in Vista? Just type restore into your Start Menu search box, and System Restore will magically appear at the top of your Start Menu!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


My name is Lindsey and I work with the Windows Team at Microsoft. I noticed you found the Vista Compatibility Center. I wanted to thank you for writing about your experience while upgrading to Vista. It is very important to ensure that your current hardware and software will be compatible with your new Operating System. Sometimes when someone goes to upgrade their system they just upgrade with out doing all the important homework first. Thank you for letting your readers know any possible homework they should do before they upgrade to Vista.

If you have any questions or concerns on your vista operating system please feel free to let me know. Maybe I can help.

Thanks and enjoy your new OS,