On Thu, 1 Mar 2007 11:03:15 -0500, "John Leonard - Sage"
>There has been a lot of discussion re this topic.
>I know clean is the best way - but very time consuming!
>Is there concern with the Upgrade of XP Pro to Vista?
>If all recommendations i.e. follow upgrade advisor, remove Norton, USB
>devices .......etc. is done, will the upgrade run into problems??
What problems you'll run into...if any, depends on your hardware, even
what version, (motherboards for example have version numbers where
things might have changed, sometimes radically) the BIOS version
they're running, your hardware drivers
and so on. There is no set
answer. That is what seperates a PC system from say a Mac system.
There is almost a infinite number of combinations on the PC possible
when you mix in the wide assortment of hardware cards.
So to give yourself the best chance of avoiding problems.
1. Disable or remove EVERYTHING that the Vista Upgrade Advisor
mentions, not just nags about. If it says it "may" have a
problem with such and such device, remove or disable it. Very
likely it will be easy to reinstall AFTER Vista is up and
running because Vista has to be up and running for it to
install automatically a lot of Vista ready drivers.
2. Before trying to upgrade reagardless if doing a clean or
install in place, go to BIOS and reduce settings to bare
minimum. You don't need or want overclocking or anything
fancy just to install a new OS. Again, once Vista is up
then start restoring all the bells and whistles one
at a time.
3. Avoid having devices attached or optons known to cause
troube for some people. These include SATA drives, USB
controllers, disconnect scanners, printers, multiple
graphic cards (leave one), anything you don't need to boot
4. If you are going to attempt a install in place to avoid having to
reinstall all your applications and redo your settings, ALWAYS
back-up all your critial files first and best if possible make
copies and store somewhere else OTHER THAN the drive partation you
plan on installing Vista to.
5. If you have multiple drives and you're comfortable working inside
your PC it makes sense to disconnect both the power and data cables
on all the drives you don't need to install Vista. Obviously if a
drive if off, Vista can't mess it or its data up. Turn them back
on one at a time after Vista is installed and running correctly.