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Upgrade to Windows Vista

NOTE:
To make sure that you have the best possible experience when you upgrade to Windows Vista, follow these steps:

  1. Exit all applications that are open before you upgrade to Windows Vista. This includes browsers and media players.
  2. Make sure that you are connected to the Internet when you start the upgrade process.
  3. When you are prompted, Get important updates for installation, click Go Online.

NOTE:
Recommended minimum hardware requirements for Windows Vista

The following list describes the recommended minimum hardware requirements for basic functionality of the different editions of Windows Vista. Actual hardware requirements will vary, depending on system configuration and on the programs and the features that you install. If you install Windows Vista over a network, additional hard disk space may be required.

Windows Vista Home Basic

NOTE:
On system configurations that use system memory as graphics memory, at least 448 MB of system memory must be available to the operating system after some memory is allocated for graphics.

  • 800-megahertz (MHz) 32-bit (x86) processor or 800-MHz 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 512 megabytes (MB) of system memory
  • DirectX 9-class graphics card
  • 32 MB of graphics memory
  • 20-gigabyte (GB) hard disk that has 15 GB of free hard disk space
  • Internal or external DVD drive
  • Internet access capability
  • Audio output capability

Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, and Windows Vista Ultimate

  • 1-gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) processor or 1-GHz 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB of system memory
  • Windows Aero-capable graphics card

NOTE:
This includes a DirectX 9-class graphics card that supports the following:

  • A WDDM driver
  • Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
  • 32 bits per pixel
  • 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
  • 40-GB hard disk that has 15 GB of free hard disk space (the 15GB of free space provides room for temporary file storage during the install or upgrade.)
  • Internal or external DVD drive
  • Internet access capability
  • Audio output capability

NOTE:
A Windows Aero-capable graphics card is a graphics card that meets the following requirements:

  • Supports a Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) driver
  • Has a DirectX 9-class graphics processor unit (GPU) that supports Pixel Shader 2.0
  • Supports 32 bits per pixel
  • Passes the Windows Aero acceptance test in the Windows Driver Kit (WDK)

Operating system requirements to upgrade to Windows Vista

To view a list of Windows versions that can be upgraded to Windows Vista editions, see the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931226/

Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor provides information about hardware and application compatibility issues and makes performance recommendations. To obtain Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931226/

Upgrade Procedure

To upgrade your computer to Windows Vista, follow these steps:

  1. Start the computer by using the current operating system. Verify that the Microsoft Windows operating system that is currently installed on the computer is eligible for upgrade to Windows Vista.
  2. Insert the Windows Vista DVD in the computer’s DVD drive.
  3. Use one of the following procedures, as appropriate: . If Windows automatically detects the DVD, the Install now screen appears. Click Install now.
    • If Windows does not automatically detect the DVD, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type Drive:setup.exe, and then click OK.

    NOTE:
    Drive is the drive letter of the computer’s DVD drive.

  4. Click Install now.

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When you reach the Which type of installation to you want? screen, click Upgrade to upgrade the current operating system to Windows Vista.

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The Upgrade option is unavailable, and you receive an “Upgrade has been disabled” message. When you try to upgrade to Windows Vista, the Upgrade option is unavailable. Additionally, you receive the following message:
Upgrade has been disabled.

This issue may occur if one of the following conditions is true:

  • The operating system that is currently installed on the computer is not supported in the upgrade path to Windows Vista.
  • You did not start the computer by using the current operating system. Instead, you started the computer from the Windows Vista DVD. To resolve this issue, start the computer by using the current operating system, and then run the Setup program from the current operating system.
  • The operating system is installed to a partition that uses the FAT32 file system. To resolve this issue, convert the file system on the partition to use the NTFS file system.
  • The partition on which you want to upgrade to Windows Vista has insufficient free hard disk space. To resolve this issue, free additional space on the hard disk.
  • Perform a clean installation of Windows Vista

NOTE:
In a clean installation, existing data is removed. This data includes personal data and settings. After you install the operating system, you must also reinstall all programs. Make sure that you back up personal data before you perform a clean installation. To perform a clean installation of Windows Vista, use one of the following methods.

Run the Setup program after you start the computer by using the current operating system.

  1. Start the computer by using the current operating system.
  2. Insert the Windows Vista DVD in the computer’s DVD drive.
  3. Use one of the following procedures, as appropriate:
    • If Windows automatically detects the DVD, the Install now screen appears. Click Install now.
    • If Windows does not automatically detect the DVD, follow these steps:
      1. Click Start, click Run, type Drive:setup.exe, and then click OK.
      2. Click Install now
  4. When you reach the Which type of installation do you want? screen, click Custom (advanced), and then follow the instructions that are displayed on the screen to install Windows Vista.

NOTE:
Drive is the drive letter of the computer’s DVD drive.

Run the Setup program after you start the computer by using the Windows Vista DVD

  1. Start the computer by using the Windows Vista DVD. To do this, insert the Windows Vista DVD in the computer’s DVD drive, and then restart the computer.
    NOTE:
    To start the computer from the Windows Vista DVD, the computer must be configured to start from the DVD drive. For more information about how to configure the computer to start from the DVD drive, see the documentation that is included with the computer, or contact the computer manufacturer.
  2. When the “Press any key to boot from CD” message is displayed on the screen, press a key.
  3. Follow the instructions that are displayed on the screen to install Windows Vista.
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