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Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.4 stars

    out of 40 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 11
  • Current version:

    3.1 stars

    out of 21 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 7
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Refuses to work"

    January 16, 2013  |   By BeardyFace

    Version: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0

    Pros

    Will help me decide which edition best suits me

    Cons

    Is never able to contact the server to scan for hardware compatibility (the whole point of using it).
    I can find no useful help to resolve this online, have Microsoft taken the server down?

    Summary

    Would be a very useful, if not bulletproof, tool if it only worked as it should, and as the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor DOES, I'm left not knowing if I can upgrade my old laptop from XP to Vista, having already determined it won't run Windows 7.

    As support for XP is ending, Microsoft really need to address this as more and more of use will soon be forced off XP, or else face running without current patches!

    I certainly can't afford to upgrade on a whim, and could easily end up with a very expensive coaster labelled "Windows Vista Upgrade", since I'm unwilling to do that, I may look at linux, easy enough to throw in a Live CD and see if THAT runs for effectively nothing..

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  • 1.0 stars

    "..."

    August 11, 2008  |   By khairulamri

    Version: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0

    Pros

    ..

    Cons

    ...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Check Compatibility With Vista"

    July 4, 2008  |   By Mike98

    Version: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0

    Pros

    Easy to install and uninstall and causes no harm to other programs as far I can see. Be aware that if WVUA no information about a hardware or a software has you cannot ignore this when upgrading to Vista, on the contrary to the to do list of WVUA. You can also use WVUA on Windows Vista (except Enterprise Edition and only 32-bit Editions of XP and Vista) to see if a program or hardware compatible is with Vista.

    Cons

    Sometimes my printer (HP 940c) is OK and then later WVUA has no information about this printer. So I am not sure about this.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "..."

    June 8, 2008  |   By Sakura Kiss

    Version: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0

    Cons

    windows vista upgrade advisor has encountered an error while scanning your system. If the problem persists, you can uninstall windows vista upgrade advisor and reinstall the latest version. AND THE PROBLEM PERSISTS EVEN AFTER THAT

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It only slows down your computer a bit"

    February 6, 2008  |   By dawidsaysyo

    Version: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0

    Pros

    Nice colour setting, nice 3D graphic

    Cons

    it slows your PC down, the graphics must still be defined properly, should have more colour changing options.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Never seems to work"

    January 16, 2008  |   By EvilUrgency

    Version: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0

    Pros

    Can't say anything positive so far..

    Cons

    This is the second time I have downloaded and installed the Vista Upgrade Advisor and attempted to run it. I have a Compaq laptop that I purchased just before Vista was released. As an IT pro it has the most recent updates and is in perfect condition with two gigs of RAM. Yet when I run the upgrade advisor the program just seemingly runs forever. Last tiem I had to cancel the program as I needed to pack up my laptop, I tried again today and it's been running for over two hours. I have left the computer idle the whole time... Probably gonna have to quit again soon.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Requirements to run program..."

    January 1, 2008  |   By IncogniTech

    Version: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0

    Cons

    The .msi file would not run if you have Windows XP Service Pack 1 or lesser...

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  • 5.0 stars

    "not yet try"

    October 25, 2007  |   By daboco

    Version: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0

    Pros

    its very common software

    Cons

    none

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DOES NOT WORK"

    September 12, 2007  |  

    Version: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0

    Cons

    It just says, there is a problem and does not say what the problem is. It says to install the update version - and surprise surprise I was using the latest version. I have Windows XP Pro which is bang up to date on updates and security. I only put one star because it will not let me submit unless I rate at least one star.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Doesnt work"

    August 28, 2007  |   By smonoco

    Version: Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor 1.0

    Pros

    the idea that when it works it can tell u what u need to upgrade if u r planning on getting vista & which of the many vrsions u shud get

    Cons

    it doesnt work

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