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Upgrading Windows XP Professional to Windows Vista Professionl


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#1 cryss962

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 10:41 AM

I have Windows XP Professional 32 bit.   I have done some searching and found that I can upgrade to Windows Vista Professional 32 bit without losing my programs and data.  My question is:

Is there a website that I can download the upgrade or would it be best just to buy the upgrade disc?



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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 10 March 2014 - 10:52 AM

I believe you would be better off buying the upgrade disk. I do not know of anyplace Vista can be downloaded legally. But, if you can run Vista, I would advise you to check if you can run Windows 7 instead which is a much better option. You should also make sure if there are Vista or Window  7 drivers available for all of your devices.

 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/downloads/upgrade-advisor



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 11:06 AM

I did check to see if I could upgrade to Windows 7 and I could not do an upgrade.  I would have to do a clean install.  I just don't want to have the hassell of reloading all my programs and data.  



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 11:30 AM

I would advise for you to create a system image using a program like Macrium free in case the upgrade fails. Macrium lets you create a bootable disk, based on either linux or Windows PE. The PE option requires a download of approx 100MB. The disk will let you do a system recovery even if Windows does not boot. I would download it from Softpedia instead of cnet. Test the Bootable disk to see if it boots.


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 03:05 PM

Ok.  Ive downloaded Marcrium.  I have some DVD-R  Discs.  Would that work for making a "bootable disk" ?



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Posted 10 March 2014 - 03:13 PM

It should work fine. I forgot to mention that the best way to backup the system image is to an external drive instead of multiple dvd's.




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