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Hi,

Iv got my copy of vista but am not sure how to go about installing it. I've had xp for years and built up a lot of programs, obviously if i format i'll have to download them all again but starting from fresh seems a tidy way of doing it.

If I choose the upgrade option will all my old programs continue to work?

Is there any reason to format rather than upgrading?

Thanks, Leigh
 

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Fresh install is usually best way.

If I choose the upgrade option will all my old programs continue to work?
Very good question. I remember when I upgraded from Win98 to XP, a number of programs did not work and some hardware peices were not supported. I ended up replaceing a few programs and buying a new scanner.

Microsoft does have an program that will analize your computer to see if the hardware and software will support the new OS.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pr...pgradeadvisor.mspx?wt_svl=20029a&mg_id=20029b
 

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Lellis2k,

I can understand issues arising from a 98 to XP upgrade, however upgrading from XP to Vista should be fine. I never ran into any problems in test setups. In some cases, certain third party programs may require a patch and or need to be ran in compatibility mode, which really isn't a big deal. I do suggest using the Microsoft Upgrade Advisor, which is what crazijoe had mentioned. Goodluck!
 

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Upgrade version of Vista will give you the option of overlaying on top of XP or fresh install. As long as the XP OS is on the computer.
 

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Upgrading Vista or Clean Install and

1.Read you post re a clean install. Undecided at present, (I do have a lot of garbage which may be best got rid of).
2.As I mess around with loading programs all the time, I maintain a back up with another HD in a caddy.
Use the DOS version of Ghost on a floppy, has always worked well, will this Ghost DOS work with Vista.
I do have the Windows version of Symantec Ghost on a CD, tried it a few times but don't like it compared with the floppy.
Do you think the 'floppy DOS' will be OK.
 
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