When I tried to install windows vista on my computer, the first
decision I had to take was to partition the hard disk. I started
looking for software on the Internet that can resize existing disk
partition. I found some free software but none of them looked
convincing enough to install and try on my computer. So I just
decided to go on and install Windows Vista anyway. I had two
partitions on my computer. The first partition was the C drive
which had windows XP installed on it and the other partition was D
drive which had all my data. There was no way I can install Windows
Vista on C drive. So, I installed Windows Vista on D drive.
After installing Windows Vista I went to the computer manager by
right cliking on the “computer” icon and selecting and “Manage”.
There you will find the Disk Management option. From there, select
the D drive and choose “Shrink”. It will shrink the parition to all
available space. This will take a long time to complete without any
notification. So, don’t think Vista has hung. Let it finish and you
will find D has been shrunk and there’s a new parition.
Now move all your data from D drive to the new drive, say E
If is better to do a disk defragmentation on D drive after doing
Note: I found this half written post in my draft box after 7
months. So, this may not be a new information. Just to let you
know, for my regular development, I went back to Windows XP because
there’s significant difference between IIS 6 and IIS 7 and I need
to see how IIS 6 behaves with my applications. Moreover, Visual
Studio 2005 UI does not mix well with Vista. Since I went back,
somehow XP actually feels quite light and faster than Vista.
Finally, Vista burns out laptop battery within 40 mins where XP can
withstand up to 1.5 hours. This can be because of Sony Advance
Power Management drivers not working with Vista.