Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

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Date Added:
January 16, 2007
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista
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Additional Requirements:
Windows XP/Vista, Microsoft XML 6.0 Parser

Editors' review

This Microsoft freeware effectively points out potential problems before upgrading your system to Windows Vista, but adds a heavy dose of marketing. Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor's interface is 10 percent program, and 90 percent advertisement for the operating system.

Implementing the check takes a single click, but is resource-intensive. Your system will grind as Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor checks your hardware and software. It isn't a fast check, but the program's marketing side offers Vista information to read while you wait. Eventually, a screen appears that lets you know if your system is ready for Vista, and which version would work best. The utility helpfully lists potential problems with your devices and programs. The program also details problems with upgrading to a different version of Vista than the one recommended.

Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor is easy to use, causes no harm beyond a little system sluggishness during the evaluation, and offers helpful information to any user considering an upgrade to Windows Vista.

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    out of 40 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 4 stars

    "Good for a guide, but certainly not perfect."

    November 18, 2012   |   By James Denison

    Version: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0


    It identifies hardware the computer contains that might not work, because some of it will work anyway with some adjustment. For instance it said the Broadxent internal modem on older socket 462 mobo wouldn't work under Vista. True, to a point, the installation program wouldn't run since it realized Vista was not W2K. It did install the driver files and the modem work fine simply by right clking on the install file, choosing properties, then the compatibility tab, and setting to W2K, which was an NT system too. Install program ran fine then, loaded the driver files, and Vista had no problem running the old dialup modem. So, use it as a guide, not as the final word on what will or not run under Vista.


    Doesn't determine if hardware it says won't run Vista will be able to do so using Compatibility Mode.


    Like any tool, it's value is based on the ability of the user.

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  • 1 stars

    "Use Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor instead"

    May 15, 2011   |   By swordzmanp236

    Version: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0


    None. Product is obsolete.


    None. Product is obsolete.


    After the release of Windows 7, Microsoft has discontinued the Vista Upgrade Advisor, and has as such severed the links to servers providing compatibility info for Vista. Hence, the product will install, but will run with an error.

    The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor will offer the same type of assessment as this product. While not all Vista machines are "officially" compatible with Win 7, the similarities between Vista and Win 7 are enough that 7's tool can be used as a Vista guide.

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  • 2 stars


    January 29, 2010   |   By rdav

    Version: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0


    Told me I needed more disk space.


    No other significant information.

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