What should have told you before buying a computer with Vista pre-installed? Five key points that you mignt find interesting.
- 1) Check if the programs that you are using under Windows XP are going to work under Windows Vista. Microsoft’s online list of compatible programs:
Note that programs like Skype and Symantec Norton, except the corporate version of Norton, are not in the list.
- 2) If you consider downgrading to Windows XP with your new Vista-ready laptop think again. The task is going to be a lot more difficult that you think. The hardware introduced in your Vista-ready computer, in many cases, has no Windows XP drivers. The BIOS of your computer (especially laptop) is probably limited so you cannot by-pass certain points in order to be able to boot or install from the Windows XP CD. It is not impossible, it can be done. However, you need to take the laptop to someone who definitely knows how it can be done.
- 3) If you manage to install Windows XP make sure you are aware that since next year no more licenses of XP will be available from Microsoft. Thus, in a sort period of time there will be no more support.
- 4) Vista is resource hungry. So, consider getting a 2 GB of RAM in order to be sure that everything will run smoothly. Keep in mind that you need at list 40 GB of hard disk space available for Vista to run efficiently. This means that from my experience you need at least 100 GB hard disk for the Operating system and programs installation. Add to this amount to how much space you want to have available for your data storage. It is wised to have 2 different hard disks.
- 5) You must check the license agreement on how many times you are allowed to activate your copy of Windows Vista. Generally is only 2 times, but do check that for yourself. That means that if you decide to format your hard disk and reinstall the operating system, you can do that only 2 times.
Article by Grigorios Fragkos