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Screen shots: Experts give Vista advice

Nine Windows experts share advice on "gotchas" of which Vista users should be aware.
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By Mary Jo Foley, Contributor on
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Ask nine Windows experts for advice they'd give a user ready to make the jump to Windows Vista, and you get nine different pieces of advice. Here is a collection of Vista "gotchas" and tips from some of the most savvy Microsoft watchers out there.

ZDNet Blogger and Windows Book Author Ed Bott: If you decide to go the dual-boot route, realize that XP and Vista use different formats for System Restore checkpoints.

Credit: Ed Bott

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.Net Developer and 64-bit Expert Ryan Hoffman: "Instead of simply stopping the user from installing the driver in the first place, Vista's otherwise improved error messages and diagnostics fail to help the user."

Credit: Ryan Hoffman

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.Net Developer and Windows-Now Founder Robert McLaws: If you are an NTBackup user, you need to take care in how you do your Vista backups.

Credit: Robert McLaws

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Tech Pundit Chris Pirillo: "The (Vista) search tool is a mess," from a user-interface perspective.

Credit: Chris Pirillo

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Houston Chronicle Tech Blogger Dwight Silverman: Don't skip the important first step of running Microsoft's Upgrade Advisor tool before moving your current system to Vista.

Credit: Dwight Silverman

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MVP and Windows Book Author Steve Sinchak: Running disk cleanup can play havoc with your "Hibernate" settings in Vista.

Credit: Steve Sinchak

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SuperSite for Windows Editor and Book Author Paul Thurrott: "Make sure everything will work (by setting up a) dual-boot between XP and Vista before committing your entire PC to the new OS."

Credit: Paul Thurrott

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MVP and Windows Book Author Sandro Villinger: If you're running Vista on a laptop, beware of battery-life issues.

Credit: Sandro Villinger

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MVP and CEO of Stardock Brad Wardell: Watch for updates from video-driver makers, who've been having trouble with Vista compatibility.

Credit: Brad Wardell

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