HOW TO UPGRADE A COMPUTER TO RUN MS WINDOWS VISTA HOME PREMIUM EDITION by J.
PART 1: LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR THE AERO INTERFACE
Microsoft Windows Vista is the most eagerly anticipated operating system in history. Coming more than 10 years after Windows 95, it is the biggest revolution in home computing in many years. Most people will get Vista on new computers from Dell or HP, but a number of people will attempt to update their old systems to run the new operating system.
But there are many changes that people may not be aware of that may make that upgrade experience somewhat less than optimal. So, here is Part 1 in a series to show you how I (J.) upgraded my system, using Windows XP Home Service Pack 2, to run the new operating system, including new hardware. This SnortyHow series will let you know all of the pitfalls and problems of being on the bleeding edge of technology.
What You Will Need:
- the Vista Upgrade Advisor tool, which you download from Microsoft (see below)
- an Athlon 64 Processor chip (see below)
- An ECS KN1 Extreme motherboard (see below)
Step 1: Download the Vista Upgrade Advisor tool. Windows Vista will require much more computing power than XP, especially for the desktop presentation. The new interface, called Aero, will only work on a system with a modern 3D graphics card and enough horsepower to push those pixels. Not only that, but only Vista Home Premium and above can run the Aero interface, Home Basic does not include it.
To assist would-be upgraders, Microsoft has provided the Vista Upgrade Advisor. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/upgradeadvisor/default.mspx to download the tool. I did that for the system I am going to upgrade, and this is the result: