I may not be smart or nothin,
cuz I deleted the original thread,but
trust me, what Colin and Lang have said is dead on.
They may not know it, but I've tested Vista reformatting WAY too many times
to count-could be a Vista format mvp-lol
And their advice is correct,
do yourself a favor,
install-don't upgrade-if you can afford too.
(faster actually and less potential headaches than an upgrade)
I've found, just by habit-that I do both-delete and format a partition.
I have just one HD and partition,so I've just done this by habit-may not
make a diff,but I do both.
And simple stuff, like always right click-run as admin, helps when
Also, along with a good AV-(I personally like AVAST-free and nice), make
sure to install the correct Java.
It's Java JRE 6-it'll help with legacy apps rendering correctly with Vista. http://java.sun.com/javase/downloads/index.jsp
(1/2 way down the page)
Other than that-go for it-and remember-like Lang said-much stuff will
work-but this o.s. is new territory-so some might not.
(Lang-you're an iPodista- :-0 rofl)
My one cent.
"Lang Murphy" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Some of the smartest guys in this NG have already spoken to the meat of
> your questions. I will now add my two cents...
> I always do a "bare metal" install with a new OS. Vista lets you delete
> partitions and start anew. When I move to Vista on my home PC, that's what
> I'll do.
> But... I'm not sure WHEN I'll move to Vista on my home PC. I've got too
> many apps with which I think I'll have problems. Of main concern are the
> utility apps I've purchased to allow me to get my legitimately purchased
> media onto my iPod. ImToo DVD to iPod converter being the major app. So...
> point being that you need to do some homework on your apps and HW -prior
> to- moving to Vista. Don't assume that everything that worked in W2K/XP
> will work in Vista. You'll see that in this NG every day: "Hey! My
> Periwinkle-Flotsam doesn't work in Vista. Worked fine in XP. What's up
> with that?" Uh... new OS? Need new drivers? Need an update to your app?
> "Tim Scott Mathews" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> I'll almost certainly want to move to Vista when it arrives on the
>> shelves in late January. I had thought as it's a totally new OS during
>> in stall it would "want" to reformat my hard drive but I see so much
>> about both dual boot and upgrading that I'm not sure of what to expect
>> and plan for. Will I be given some options during install as to how I
>> wish to procede regarding any and everthing already on my system?
>> If everthing currently installed can remain and the installation is more
>> like an upgrade, is this one of those things one can do but often causes
>> major headaches? I'd much prefer to reformat and reinstall any programs
>> I use than have headaches with endless tweaking if I choose to "upgrade"
>> rather than complete reformat/install.
>> Thoughts, anyone?