Since June 30 has been and gone, unless you're one of the few that can get their hands on XP, you're pretty much stuck with Vista. Here's a round-up of the best tips and tricks that will make Vista a winner.
Be prepared for trouble Back up your old XP installation to a second hard drive or to a different partition on your main drive so you can revert to XP if something goes wrong with Vista. As an alternative to doing a complete backup on a separate hard drive, use a drive-image program such as Acronis True Image 10 to burn an image of your XP installation on to recordable DVDs. Or set up your PC to dual-boot.
Once you've installed Windows Vista, open Device Manager to check for problems.
Right-click the Computer icon and choose Manage, Device Manager. Nonfunctioning devices are flagged with an exclamation point in a yellow triangle. If Windows can't find a driver, it may list the device as 'Unknown Device' under 'Other devices'. HunterSoft's free Unknown Device Identifier utility helps you find the name of the mystery hardware.