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Quick Tips: Windows Vista compatibility tips

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Quick Tips: Windows Vista compatibility tips

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If you're looking to upgrade, Brian Tong shows you a few ways to figure out if your software and hardware are compatible in Windows Vista.

[ music ] ^m00:00:05 >> If you're ready to give Windows Vista a try, most of your Windows XP software will work with Vista but there are some exceptions. I'm Brian Tong and I'll give you a few tips to help you out. We have to thank our CNET forum's moderator, John Wilkinson, for hooking us up with so many great tips like this one. So what's the best way to find out what's compatible and what's not? Well there's really no list that can be 100 percent comprehensive, but we have a few wikis to help guide you. Now we're showing you 2 links to go to. The first one is for software compatibility in Vista, and the next one is for hardware compatibility. You can also register to help update and contribute to these wikis and it's free, but there are other things that you can do when software fails to run or install in Vista. Now check out compatibility mode. Vista enters compatibility mode automatically for programs it detects are designed for a previous version of Windows, but you enable them manually. Now right click on the program you want, select properties, then select the compatibility tab. Enable the compatibility mode by clicking on the appropriate box and then select the version of Windows you want from the list, and apply the changes. Also just make sure you check the software's website for updated versions and patches that will allow your program to play nice Vista. So there are your quick tips for helping you out with your Windows Vista compatibility, use them wisely. [ music ]

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