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This Vista Upgrade Won't Hurt

Make sure your applications are Windows Vista-compatible, too. A program labeled “Certified for Windows Vista” is fully compatible with Vista, while one with the “Works with Vista” label will simply run under the new OS. “Works with Vista” programs might sound like a safe bet, but they can also switch the whole Vista interface to Basic mode.

“I installed my digital-camera software and Aero just went away,” recalls Suzanne O’Brien, a stay-at-home mother of four from Pawtucket, RI. “At first, I didn’t make the connection with the camera software because Aero stayed off even when I wasn’t using that program. Then I noticed its icon in my taskbar and realized the program was always running. I exited the program, and Aero came back, just like that.”

Similar to hardware issues, oftentimes you can solve a software issue by downloading an updated version of a program or a patch that makes the application function with Windows Vista. “I visited the camera-manufacturer’s web site and found a new version of the software,” remembers Suzanne. “Now I can use it without losing Aero.”

 

Emotions Run High

Many people experience anxiety and other strong emotions during the first 30 days of upgrading to Windows Vista. “It can be a daunting prospect changing to a new operating system and Vista is no exception,” explains Barnett. The fact that upgrading could bring your work (or leisure) to a screeching halt certainly adds to the stress.

“I was really anxious about upgrading,” remembers Clayton. “I use my PC for a home-based business and can’t afford to be without it.” In fact, he had no intention of upgrading until he ran Microsoft’s upgrade utility, just for kicks. “When the utility said I could do it, I suddenly felt more confident,” he recalls. Clayton installed the Windows Vista upgrade a few days later.

Posted: 1/14/08