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Starting Vista Project – Installation


So I have this machine which I’m turning into the test subject. I got my hands on the Vista Enterprise Edition so it has all the bangs and whistles.

My plan:

  • Clean install of Vista, so starting from scratch, I don’t want to go with an upgrade.
  • I have all the drivers if they are needed


  • Overall from start to finish it took about 1 hour and 45 minutes, I had 4 discs for the install.


  • The questions are very basic and very simple

After Finishing:

  • I didn’t have time to play around with it but I ran into one issue.
    • My audio card on the motherboard wasn’t recognized by Vista so I don’t have any sound, I’m going to have to look for some dirvers for the hardware, but its not even showing up so I’m sure how to go about it.
  • It also didn’t recognize the Linksys Wireless adapter so I need to find the driver for that.


  • If you currently have XP on the machine you should run the Windows Vista Hardware verifier which tells you if there is going to be any issues with your PC, it told me about my sound card which is integrated into the motherboard but I thought it would sort itself out, so I should have noted it. It also mentioned the Linksys Wireless Adapter.
  • Do a clean install so you don’t face any other issues which you may with a upgrade install of Vista

It recognized my Nvidia 7800 GT graphics card as well as the DVD burner, HDs, and all other peripherals. I have to admit it does look good, and I’m looking forward to tinkering around with it a bit and tweaking a few things.