Windows upgrade advisor is a tool developed by Microsoft to help future Vista users to know which application installed on their Windows XP PC is compatible with the lastest Windows Installment.
The tool will scan your system and report drivers and software installed that are non compatible with Vista.
It also check system specifications to confirm if your PC meets or not Vista basic or premium hardware requirements.
Something most users complains about any information related with Vista is that the higher hardware requirements not always mean good system performance, Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor doesnt escape from this situation; even though it will report what Windows Vista version is more suitable for your system specs, it didnt specify why not having a dvdr+ will make my system not enough good for Windows Vista Ultimate? or why Vista Business is recommended for me over Windows Vista Home Premium, which by the way is far cheaper than Business or Ultimate.
The worst part is that even if you follow its advice, add more ram, uninstall programs and drivers compatible with Vista, you could still get slow performance and compatibility issues, I guess they are so many issues that Microsoft just didnt have time to put them all on the tool.
- Free and small download
- Will detect incompatible applications and drivers
- Not compatible with Windows XP x64
- Some results could be misleading or look more like an advertisenment than an advice
- Requires Net Framework not included on the setup