Here's some tips if you do decide to upgrade. If your hardware and software
are supported and you don't connect to a corporate domain then Vista works
great. I prefer it over XP. If you connect to a corporate domain talk to the
IT department before upgrading to make sure they support Vista.
1) Backup your PC.
2) Back it up again.
3) Test your backups.
If you skip the above steps please don't whine that the upgrade trashed all
your files. Any process that involves this many changes to the file system
is fraught with danger. If you don't have a full backup of your pc before
starting the upgrade you are an idiot and shouldn't really have a pc to
start with :-) This may sound harsh but it is reality.
4) Run the latest version of the Upgrade Advisor and note anything it flags.
5) Uninstall (not disable) all antivirus, antispyware, firewall, disk
utility, and system utility programs even if the upgrade advisor doesn't
mention them. You will need to install Vista compatible versions after the
upgrade is finished.
6) Uninstall (not disable) all programs that the upgrade advisor flags as
possible problems. You will need to install Vista compatible versions after
the upgrade is finished.
7) If possible remove all hardware that the upgrade advisor flags as
8) Make sure you have Vista compatible drivers
and software for all your
hardware devices burned to CD. Don't just look for drivers that the upgrade
advisor mentioned. If possible have drivers ready for everything.
9) Physically unplug any external devices like portable hard drives,
printers, card readers, flash drives, cameras, etc..
10) Run a chkdsk on all the partitions on all hard drives still connected.
11) Defrag the system and boot partitions.
12) Start the Vista upgrade process.
Microsoft MVP - Shell/User http://www.vistahelp.ca
"meteore" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I just received my copy of vista from Dell.. I understand that there
> are problems with Vista. I just read recently, it could cause some
> programs not to run or crash.
> I am now hesitant to install this program.
> I am running AVG free edition, Zone alarm and Scrabble online which
> needs active X.
> Is there any need to worry?