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Ask nine Windows experts for advice they’d give a user ready to make the jump to Windows Vista, and you get nine different pieces of advice. Here is a collection of Vista “gotchas” and tips from some of the most savvy Microsoft watchers out there.rnrn
ZDNet Blogger and Windows Book Author Ed Bott: If you decide to go the dual-boot route, realize that XP and Vista use different formats for System Restore checkpoints.rnrn
Signed-driver error messages create confusion
.Net Developer and 64-bit Expert Ryan Hoffman: “Instead of simply stopping the user from installing the driver in the first place, Vista’s otherwise improved error messages and diagnostics fail to help the user.”
Backing up can be tricky
.Net Developer and Windows-Now Founder Robert McLaws: If you are an NTBackup user, you need to take care in how you do your Vista backups.
Vista Search interface is far from intuitive
Tech Pundit Chris Pirillo: “The (Vista) search tool is a mess,” from a user-interface perspective.
First things first: Run Upgrade Advisor
Houston Chronicle Tech Blogger Dwight Silverman: Don’t skip the important first step of running Microsoft’s Upgrade Advisor tool before moving your current system to Vista.
Fix Hibernate after running disk cleanup
MVP and Windows Book Author Steve Sinchak: Running disk cleanup can play havoc with your “Hibernate” settings in Vista.
Go the dual-boot route to check for compatibility issues
SuperSite for Windows Editor and Book Author Paul Thurrott: “Make sure everything will work (by setting up a) dual-boot between XP and Vista before committing your entire PC to the new OS.”
Vista drains batteries like a madman
MVP and Windows Book Author Sandro Villinger: If you’re running Vista on a laptop, beware of battery-life issues.
Make sure you are running the very latest video drivers
MVP and CEO of Stardock Brad Wardell: Watch for updates from video-driver makers, who’ve been having trouble with Vista compatibility.