Be extremely cautious when installing AMD or whichever drivers that you are installing the correct versions for Windows Vista. Many manufacturers now manufacture driver sets that will work universally with their stuff, but always twice check so as not to make your system fatal.
Be aware that some older hardware components are not currently supported by Windows Vista, which could lead to problems during installation. Keep an eye on the manufacturer's web page to check on updates.
* Step 1: Install your hardware as you normally would (following the instructions for the hardware provided). Ensure that your new hardware is completely connected to the motherboard (or that all hardware is connected to the motherboard if that is what you are replacing).
* Step 2: Turn on your computer and allow Windows Vista to load. Make sure your account has administrative privileges or you will not be able to install AMD drivers.
* Step 3: Wait for Windows Vista to fully load, at which point it will (usually) automatically detect hardware changes and begin the setup process.
* Step 4: Place the installation disc for the drivers into the appropriate drive. Be aware that you can also have the disc in the drive as Windows Vista starts, and it will not interfere with the startup process.
* Step 5: Choose the appropriate hardware listing from the "Add New Hardware" window. Usually the hardware is detected without having to select it (Windows Vista includes recognition capabilities that works for all Vista certified hardware components).
* Step 6: Follow the on screen prompts that walk you through the installation process. Depending on the hardware you have chosen you may have to install more than one driver, or you may be prompted to install additional software to fully utilize your new hardware.