This post provides instructions on how to perform an in-place upgrade of Windows XP to Windows Vista, preserving your personal files, settings, and applications.
For most users, an in-place upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista will be just an intermediate step towards a later version of Windows, such as Windows 7 and ultimately Windows 10, for which there is no direct in-place upgrade path from Windows XP.
The following table summarizes which key items are preserved by the upgrade process.
|Personal files||Files that are saved in user folders, like the Documents and Desktop folders.||Yes|
|Settings||Settings like Ease of Access, desktop background, Internet favourites and history.||Yes|
|Applications||Compatible Windows applications that were installed prior to the upgrade.||Yes|