I could use a little help in preparing my comp for installing Vista. I've run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor from Microsoft and it says that my comp is Vista ready...but upon further reviewing my hardware, and browsing on the net, I now have a few questions.
First, here are my specs:
DELL Dimension 5150
1 GB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz
2.8GHz Microprocessor, Pentium D
Video: ATI Radeon X300 SE, 128MB Hyper Memory PCI-Express X16
OS: XP Pro, Service Pack 2, fully patched as of Jan. 2007
I want to do a Clean Install (w re-format) with Vista Home Premium
1) I need a Video Card - I'm going to upgrade to at least 256MB, and maybe a higher ATI Radeon like X1500 or something like that. Should I install this card BEFORE or AFTER installing Vista? Any other cards you would recommend.
2) I want to upgrade to 2GB RAM, 2 sticks, 1GB (1024MB) each. Currently, I have 2 sticks of 512MB each. I have 4 slots which can take a maximum of 1GB each. Again, should I add my sticks before or after installing VISTA?
3) Which order should I update my drivers to Vista compatible versions? Like, chipset first, audio second, video third, Removable media, etc. etc?
4) As far as you know, are the common security utilities, Ad-Aware, Spybot S&D, Hijack This, etc. etc. compatible with Vista?
5) Many legitamite online retailers sell OEM versions of the software as standalone products. Is this allowed legally? If it is, would I have any problem activating the product? I'm already aware that if I purchase OEM software, I'm "on my own" for support. Just want to know if it's legal or not?
6) If I buy retail, it seems that everybody is selling Vista for the same price. Is the price regulated or could I save a few dollars by shopping around?
Sorry for the long winded message,
Any help would be very much appreciated.