March 07, 2008
Upgrading to Vista

With the decision that all new machines will come with Windows Vista after April 15th, some of you may be thinking of upgrading existing machines from Windows XP to Windows Vista. To help with this process we'll be sending a new Windows Vista DVD which includes Service Pack 1 in the March 14th transmittal.

Here's a list of what you need to do and resources for getting it done:

  1. Make sure your computer is capable of running Windows Vista
    • DVD reader
    • 1 GB memory (RAM)
    • 25 GB available hard drive space
    • 2 GHz processor (CPU)

    To check memory and processor speed, right-click My Computer and select Properties. To check available free space on your hard drive, open My Computer, highlight your C: drive and check the free space indicated in the left column.

  2. Back up your files
    • We recommend (very, very strongly) a 'clean' install which involves reformatting the hard drive before installing the new operating system. You'll avoid problems later on by taking this extra step now.
    • Be sure to backup your My Documents, Outlook archives (.pst files), Internet Explorer favorites and any other files that might be stored elsewhere (don't forget files you've saved to your Desktop).

  3. Make sure you have copies of all your programs or know where to find them online. Also be sure to write down your computer name before you reformat your computer (you can find this by right-clicking My Computer, selecting 'Properties', 'Computer Name' tab)

  4. Install Windows Vista

  5. Reinstall your software programs

  6. Reinstall your printers

    Posted by dcoates at March 07, 2008 09:35 AM