Blake Handler in his The Road to Know Where blog recently published a detailed guide to Upgrading to Windows Vista from Windows XP. Once you’ve determined that your computer’s hardware & software is ready for Windows Vista, perform the following steps to upgrade your existing Windows XP software:
- WHICH WINDOWS VISTA UPGRADES CAN YOU PURCHASE?
- WHICH UPGRADE VERSION SHOULD YOU PURCHASE?
- REMOVE SPYWARE & VIRUS INFECTIONS
- REMOVE VIRUSES
- BACKUP YOUR DATA
- REMOVE ANY PROGRAMS YOU CAN
- REMOVE 3RD-PARTY FIREWALL SOFTWARE
- CLEAN-UP YOUR HARD DRIVE
- REPAIR YOUR HARD DRIVE
- CONVERT HARD DRIVE TO NTFS
- UPGRADE TO WINDOWS VISTA
- INSTALL AN UPDATED VISTA COMPATIBLE ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE
A word of warning though, a recent CNET entry indicates that users installing an upgrade version of Vista must have an older version of Windows working on their computer. Earlier Windows upgrades simply required users to have an old installation disk on hand as a proof of ownership.
Microsoft says it made the change because Vista does not check upgrade compliance. This new requirement is irksome since many users prefer to do “clean installs”–formatting the hard drive before installing the upgrade.