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Microsoft Vista Upgrade Q & A

Updated on February 3, 2007

What is Windows Vista?

It's the newest release in Microsoft (MS) operating system software, Vista is the name of the next major version of Windows, and the successor to Windows XP.

What’s the difference between Vista and MS XP?

On the consumer side, the system includes excellent new versions of Windows Media Player and Windows Movie Maker, as well as new applications like Windows Photo Gallery and Windows DVD Maker. (Business reasons below)

How about on the business side of the equation?

Security would be a large factor in this, considering that the security on the Mac OS X and Linux were previously superior to the MS platform. Besides the technical aspects of information security that Vista improves upon. The system will inform users about security and privacy choices so they feel more confident that they are as secure as possible and that their privacy is protected as well.

Overall performance is also a main factor in the ever growing business sector, companies, especially new or small businesses must continually remain competitive. Windows Vista includes numerous enhancements for portable computers, including better power management, support for external displays, and better wireless networking functionality. (More below)

When should I upgrade?

Upgrading should be taken seriously; evaluating your current goals, whether business wise or personal, is key in this process. (After reading this you should have a good idea)

How do I know if my PC is compatible?

Microsoft claims that if your PC can run Win XP than it is capable of running Vista.

What other features does Vista have?

Besides all the hype, Vista does contain some excellent new features; making it more user-friendly and organized. Vista includes system-level instant desktop "search functionality" that helps users find information on their PCs and organize them with virtual folders that work the way they want them to. MS Vista also makes it easier to identify documents from their icons: Instead of using static icons like previous Windows versions, Vista features "Live Icons" that display the first page of the document right in its icon. Finally, Windows Vista will include an advanced printer and document framework called "XPS" (XML Paper Specification) that will reportedly make it easier to use and share documents between a wide variety of devices.

What about upgrading Vista versions?

According to Microsoft, its new Windows Upgrade Anytime mechanism allows users with a license of MS Vista to upgrade to more powerful versions. Microsoft released it will have six core Vista versions: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business and Enterprise...each according to your needs and levels of usage. So if your needs change you can upgrade to another version.

Additional Questions or Feedback

If you have additional questions that I didn't include please add it in the comment section and I'll answer it ASAP. Also any feedback is welcomed (for instance, did this help you), or any ideas for subjects of writing that may not be listed anywhere. Thanks ;-)

--The Curmudgeon


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      8 years ago

      try the seven !.

      is the best SEO that i ever used, i get my seven (beta) from microsoft, its working very well !.

      And is a little faster then VISTA .

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      Raymond Philippe 

      11 years ago from The Netherlands

      I upgraded to Vista and have had little problems with it. Some old software didn't work well but I was warned for that. There were however a lot of people that filed a complaint with a Dutch consumer organization. But even so, considering the large user base, this still was a small minority.

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      11 years ago

      when i upgrade to vista, i see a folder which says old xp, can i delete this, thanks.

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      11 years ago

      i have just bought a brand new laptop with vista home premium, i cant find ms word so can i copy it off my old ms xp p.c. and whack it right on my lap top.

    • Curmudgeon  profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      Most computers when you buy them come with trial software, such as Microsoft Office, and then you have to purchase it--remember Vista is only the Operating System. But if you already own office just type in your serial codes into the new programs, hope that helps ;)

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      pam grout 

      11 years ago

      Does the Vista Home premium that is loaded on new computers these days have microsoft word? someone told me you only get it for 90 days and then you ahve to buy it.

      Is this true?


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