I just made the switch over to Windows Vista and ever since, it seems like I have trouble using it every time I install a new piece of software. What could be causing that to happen and how can I fix it? Please help!

Oh, I’m so glad you asked and believe me, you’re not the only one having this kind of trouble! This is something that’s been going on even before Windows Vista came on the scene, so it seems as if I’m asked this question all the time. This is one of the few times it’s been asked in reference to Vista though, so I figured I better clear this up before anything else comes about. So, if you’ve been having the same problems that were described in today’s question, listen up. You’re not going to want to miss this one!

With Windows Vista, it seems like you can encounter a whole array of issues every time you try to install a new piece of software, a new utility, a new driver or anything else for that matter. And those problems are usually caused by one of three things:

1.) A conflict between the new program and one you already have installed on your computer.

2.) A problem within the new application itself.

3.) An improper installation or problems with the installation.

So, now that you know what could be causing your problems, there are some solutions! If, after you install a new program, you’re having trouble with your overall computer or even with some of the other programs you already have on your PC, the first thing you should do is uninstall the program and try it again. There could have been some complications with the initial install and a fresh start may be just what your computer needs. Also, when you’re going through the install, just make sure you’re following the directions exactly and not missing any important information along the way.

Now, if the first install messed up your computer so much that you can’t even boot into Windows, you’ll need to try booting into Safe Mode. By doing that, you’ll be able to troubleshoot and figure out exactly what’s causing the problem. You should then be able to boot up normally and try the install again.

If neither of those suggestions worked for you, there is something else you can check on. When you’re installing a new piece of software, you should always ensure that you have the latest version and all of the new updates. If the program has updates, you won’t be able to install it correctly until you get them. You can get the updates by visiting the manufacturer’s Web site. The same goes if you’re trying to install a new piece of hardware that needs updated drivers.

You also need to make sure the program you’re installing is Vista compatible. A lot of the older programs you have may not work with Vista and if you’re having trouble installing them, that’s probably why. When Microsoft designed Windows Vista, they didn’t really account for a lot of the older programs most of us use, so you have to do a lot of trial and error when you’re installing new applications. Programs that worked just fine with Windows XP may be completely different with Vista. That’s just one more thing to keep in mind!

Other than that, you should be able to find the cause of your problem and choose the solution that works the best for you. I hope all of your Vista install problems are now a thing of the past!

~ Erin