How to upgrade Windows XP to Windows Vista

How to upgrade Windows XP to Windows Vista
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Disk Cleanup

Once you confident that your personal files, settings and applications have transferred safely through the upgrade process to Windows Vista, a final and optional step is to cleanup the files discarded from the Windows XP installation.

  1. From the Start menu, select Computer. A Windows Explorer window will be displayed.
    Windows Explorer: Local Disk (C:) Properties

    Windows Explorer: Local Disk (C:) Properties

  2. Right-click on Local Disk (C:) and select Properties from the context menu. The Local Disk (C:) Properties window will be displayed.
    Windows Explorer: Local Disk (C:) Properties

    Windows Explorer: Local Disk (C:) Properties

  3. Click Disk Cleanup. The Choose which files to clean up window will be displayed.
    Disk Cleanup Options

    Disk Cleanup Options

  4. Select Files from all users on this computer. The User Account Control window will be displayed.
    User Account Control

    User Account Control

  5. Click Yes to allow the Disk Space Cleanup Manager for Windows to launch with elevated privileges. The Calculating window will be displayed.
    Calculating...

    Calculating…

    Once Disk Cleanup has finished calculating how much space you will be able to free on (C:), the Disk Cleanup for (C:) window will be displayed.

    Disk Cleanup for (C:)

    Disk Cleanup for (C:)

    Files from a previous Windows installation. As a precaution, Windows upgrade keeps a copy of any files that were not moved to the new version of Windows and were not identified as Windows system files. If you are sure that no user’s personal files are missing after the upgrade, you can delete these files.

  6. From the list of Files to delete, tick Files discarded by Windows upgrade, and then click OK. The Are you sure you want to permanently delete these files? window will be displayed.
    Are your sure you want to permanently delete these files?

    Are your sure you want to permanently delete these files?

  7. Click Delete Files. The Cleaning up drive (C:) window will be displayed.
    Cleaning up drive (C:)

    Cleaning up drive (C:)

    Once Disk Cleanup has finished cleaning files discarded by the Windows upgrade, the window will automatically close. The Local Disk (C:) Properties window will be updated to reflect the new amount of Used and Free space.

    Local Disk (C:) Properties

    Local Disk (C:) Properties

  8. Click OK to close the Local Disk (C:) Properties window.

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2 comments

  1. Vista gets stuck at Completing upgrade (55%) for over 16 hours on my laptop… finally gave up and reverted back to XP. My Desktop errors out after staying at Gathering files (0%) for 10 minutes, saying an error has occurred and update has been canceled without any other indication of what is going on… Kind of bummed I can’t upgrade in time… Going to last ditch try to fresh install Windows 7 to get the Windows 10 upgrade then hope I can re-upgrade from XP>Vista>7>10 with my upgraded 7>10 activation at some point in the future when I can figure out what the problem is.

    1. Hi Ujn,

      Sorry to hear about your XP > Vista upgrade problems – not good! The Windows 10 free upgrade is available until 29th July, so you still have another month. If you have a valid Windows 7 (or 8) key, you can actually just do a fresh install of Windows 10, skip when it asks for a key during the install, and then enter your Windows 7 key to activate Windows 10 once it is installed.

      Kind Regards,
      Chris.

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