Windows Vista Preflight Checks

Following our discussion of the free Vista beta ( ):

Fred, Along with Microsoft’s Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor, PC Pitstop also has a "readiness" test that some may want to try before taking the plunge.

It’s located here:

Bob Sanger

Thanks, Bob. And for those who may not have seen it, the official Microsoft "Vista Upgrade Advisor" is available at . It "will scan your computer and generate an easy-to-understand report of any known system and device compatibility issues, along with recommendations on how you can get your PC ready for Windows Vista." The MS Advisor is in beta, but it’s a benign one with low risks. It does, however, require the .Net framework.

The PC Pitstop tool also isn’t quite finished yet (remember that Vista is at least half a year out…); but it runs without requiring the .Net framework.

Either or both can give you a preliminary idea of whether or not your present system will meet the anticipated minimum and/or recommended requirements for Vista. And when both tools are finished, some time from now, you’ll be able to get an accurate answer. Worth a bookmark!

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Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.