Puzzled by Vista Upgrade Advisor results


H

History Fan

I have a 7 month old PC that came preinstalled with Windows XP SP2. A
few days ago, I toyed with the idea of upgrading to Vista Premium, but
decided to put it off for a variety of reasons. Before making that
decision, I ran the MS Vista Upgrade Advisor. To my surprise, the Advisor
recommended Vista Basic, although it did not specify why. I thought I had
printed out a copy of the report, but I can't find it now. As I recall, the
Advisor didn't find any problems with my computer's hardware, although it
didn't have any info about my very old flatbed scanner. It did mention a
handful of programs that might not work with Vista. I would like to list my
computer's profile here, and perhaps someone could explain why the Upgrade
Advisor would pick Vista Basic as the recommended upgrade:

E510 Dimension desktop computer
Windows XP Home SP2, fully updated via Automatic Updates
Pentium D Processor 930 with Dual Core Technology at 3.0Ghz
160GH Sata II Hard Drive
2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz
DSL connection
256MB ATI Hyper Memory PCI-Express X 16 Radeon X600 SE
Optiarc DVD+-RW ND-3570A
 
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Beck

History Fan said:
I have a 7 month old PC that came preinstalled with Windows XP SP2. A
few days ago, I toyed with the idea of upgrading to Vista Premium, but
decided to put it off for a variety of reasons. Before making that
decision, I ran the MS Vista Upgrade Advisor. To my surprise, the Advisor
recommended Vista Basic, although it did not specify why. I thought I had
printed out a copy of the report, but I can't find it now. As I recall,
the Advisor didn't find any problems with my computer's hardware, although
it didn't have any info about my very old flatbed scanner. It did mention
a handful of programs that might not work with Vista. I would like to
list my computer's profile here, and perhaps someone could explain why the
Upgrade Advisor would pick Vista Basic as the recommended upgrade:

E510 Dimension desktop computer
Windows XP Home SP2, fully updated via Automatic Updates
Pentium D Processor 930 with Dual Core Technology at 3.0Ghz
160GH Sata II Hard Drive
2GB DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz
DSL connection
256MB ATI Hyper Memory PCI-Express X 16 Radeon X600 SE
Optiarc DVD+-RW ND-3570A

I think the upgrade advisor is just being crap. You have a faster machine
than my laptop and I run Home Premium fine with no problems. I don't get
aero but thats because my graphics card is not up to scratch.
I seriously doubt any PC made in the last 2 years would not be able to run
Vista.
 
F

Frankster

The Vista version that Advisor recommends is not based solely on performance
capability of the machine. It is also based on what Vista edition most
closely matches the feature set of the XP version you are using now (i.e.
Home, Pro, Media Center). You are probably using XP Home.

-Frank
 
H

History Fan

Frankster said:
The Vista version that Advisor recommends is not based solely on
performance capability of the machine. It is also based on what Vista
edition most closely matches the feature set of the XP version you are
using now (i.e. Home, Pro, Media Center). You are probably using XP Home.

-Frank

Yes, XP Home Edition.
 
H

History Fan

Frankster said:
The Vista version that Advisor recommends is not based solely on
performance capability of the machine. It is also based on what Vista
edition most closely matches the feature set of the XP version you are
using now (i.e. Home, Pro, Media Center). You are probably using XP Home.

-Frank


I wish the MS Vista Upgrade Advisor would be a little more specific
as to why it recommends certain versions of Vista.
 
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Jupiter Jones [MVP]

Generally, if one version of Vista will run on the computer, they all will.
But depending on your hardware, you may not have some features such as Aero
or Bit Locker etc.
The differences are based largely on your needs and less on the computer
hardware.
This is similar to Windows XP Home and Pro.
But it would be good if it was more clear.
 
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