Windows Vista Help

Upgrading to Windows Vista

1. What do I need to do before upgrading to Windows Vista?

a) Backup your data. You can use your own backup tools but make sure that the backup tool works in Windows Vista as well. You can also use the Easy transfer tool directly from the Windows Vista CD (see z:\Support\migwiz\MigWiz.exe) or download it to backup and transfer your documents and settings to another machine. Another alternative is just to burn your documents and settings directly to CD or DVD or copy them to an external storage device such as an external hard disk, USB stick or network storage.

Easy Transfer

b) Check your Hardware configuration. Make sure that your hardware is up to date and compatible with Windows Vista. Some very old hardware may need changing to allow it to work on Windows Vista. If there are too many parts to change, then consider buying a new PC with Windows Vista instead.

c) Check your Software is compatible. Most recent programs will work, but you should check on the manufacturer's web site to see whether it will work on Windows Vista. If unsure about compatibility, download and run the Upgrade Advisor tool from the Windows Vista CD (see 'Check Compatibility Online' from the menu), also check the Programs' Compatibility on its website. Any incompatible software should be uninstalled at this stage.

d) Check Hard disk space. You need plenty of free disk space to upgrade an existing Windows installation to Windows Vista. If you do not have enough disk space, then consider doing a 'clean install' which means erasing your hard disk and install Windows Vista on to an empty hard disk.

2. How do I do an Upgrade to Windows Vista?

a) Boot your PC and wait for the desktop to appear, if prompted login as well.

b) Insert the Windows Vista CD and allow Setup.exe to run. You can upgrade from Windows XP Home (with SP2 or later) to Windows Vista Home or Pro. You can only upgrade from Windows XP Pro (with SP2 or later) to Windows Vista Professional. Select 'Install now' on the menu. Note that it is not possible to upgrade from a Windows 32 bit OS to a Windows 64 bit OS.

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c) After the install starts follow the prompts.

3. How do I do a clean install of Windows Vista?

a) You will need to boot from the Windows XP CD. Make sure that you change the boot order in the BIOS so that the CD/DVD drive appears first in the list (how this is done differs between Bioses).

b) After the initial setup, the hard disk partition screen will appear, at this stage you should delete the existing partition(s) and create a new fresh partition to do a clean installation. This will erase all existing programs and data from the hard disk. If you choose to use the existing partitions, then it will overwrite the existing operating system files, but keep program files intact (these programs may need a reinstall after Windows is reinstalled as some settings may be lost).

c) Follow the remaining instructions on screen to complete the install.

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Language to install: English
Time and currency format: English (United States)
Keyboard for input : US
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4. How do I change to a different edition of Windows Vista?

There are several editions of Windows Vista from Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Business, Enterprise and Ultimate. You can upgrade from a lower edition to a new edition using the Windows Anytime Upgrade tool. Use the wizard to select the edition you want, purchase a new product key and enable the new features of the new edition. Check out this chart to see the differences between the editions.

5. What else should I install after upgrading Windows ?

To make Windows Vista more up to date, you should also install the following updates and components.

a) Internet Explorer 9
b) NET Framework 4.5
c) Microsoft Silverlight plug-in.
d) Security Essentials
e) Media Centre cumulative update
f) Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel