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But what are some things to watch out for with the new OS? The CRN Test Center compiled a list of 25 items that VARs should bear in mind when using and deploying Vista.
For Vista to perform adequately, PCs may need significant hardware upgrades.
Vista does not bundle an antivirus application, and most third party antivirus applications are not yet compatible with Vista.
4. Driver Support
Vista includes thousands of drivers, but most have been created directly by Microsoft. Many hardware manufacturers do not yet have drivers available for Vista.
Vista does a good job of running most common applications, but many third-party applications are not yet fully supported.
Vista loves RAM, but more is better. Plan on 2 Gbytes to meet real-world needs.
7. Five Versions
The array of Vista editions could prove to be three too many, and upgrades between versions remain an unknown.
The need to activate the product via the Web could prove to be a time-waster during mass deployments.
See No. 9. Backing up desktops will take a great deal of space.
Unlike Windows XP and Windows 95, there seems to be no must-have reasons behind Vista.
12. Learning Curve
Vista is just different enough from XP that technicians and users will need training.