How to upgrade Windows XP to Windows Vista
Tip: Before following any of the steps below first make sure you go through the upgrading to Windows Vista steps.
After you've read the recommendations in the above document insert the Windows Vista DVD into the computer and Start the installation. Windows will prompt you to go online to get the latest updates for the installation. We highly recommend you choose this option to make sure that any updates that are available are downloaded before installing.
Next, you'll be prompted to go online and check for updates before installing Windows Vista. We also suggest users check for available installation updates before continuing with the setup.
Next, Windows will prompt the license terms, if you agree to these terms check the I accept the license terms and click Next.
Finally, Windows Vista will prompt you for the installation. If you want to keep all your previous settings select Upgrade. If you with to install a clean copy of Windows, and perform more advanced options select the Custom option. Users who are having difficulties upgrading to Windows Vista may want to choose the custom installation.
Once Windows Vista has completed copying and setting up the files on your computer you'll go through a few more additional steps that will complete the Windows installation. We also suggest once Windows Vista has been successfully installed on the computer that you run Windows update to make sure your system is up to date.
- Installing Windows Vista upgrade without Windows 2000 or XP on the hard drive.
- See our Windows XP and Vista definitions for further information and related links.
- Microsoft Windows help and support.