How to upgrade Windows XP to Windows Vista

How to upgrade Windows XP to Windows Vista
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Microsoft Update

The following instructions refer to Microsoft Update, an optional add-on to Windows Update that updates all Microsoft software, including Microsoft Office.
Installation

If Microsoft Update isn’t already installed, use the following instructions to install it now.

  1. From the Start menu, select All Programs > Windows Update. The Keep your computer up to date page will be displayed.
    Keep your computer up to date

    Keep your computer up to date

  2. Locate the New! Get Microsoft Update today! section in centre of the page, and then click Go. The Try Microsoft Update today page will be displayed.
    Try Microsoft Update today

    Try Microsoft Update today

  3. Click Start Now. The Review the license agreement page will be displayed.
    Review the license agreement

    Review the license agreement

  4. Click Continue. The Install the ActiveX control required to view the website page will be displayed.
    Install the ActiveX control required to view the website

    Install the ActiveX control required to view the website

  5. Right-click the Internet Explorer information bar and then select Install This Add-on for All Users on This Computer from the context menu. The Do you want to install this software dialogue window will be displayed.
    Do you want to install this software?

    Do you want to install this software?

  6. Click Install. The Microsoft Update setup is complete page will be displayed.
    Microsoft Update setup is complete

    Microsoft Update setup is complete

  7. Click Check for Updates.
  1. From the Start menu, select All Programs > Microsoft Update. The Keep your computer up to date page will be displayed.
    Keep your computer up to date

    Keep your computer up to date

  2. Click Express. The Checking for the latest updates for your computer page will be displayed.
    Checking for the latest updates for your computer

    Checking for the latest updates for your computer

    Once Microsoft Update has finished checking for available updates, the Review and Install Updates page will be displayed.

    Review and Install Updates

    Review and Install Updates

  3. If there are High Priority updates listed, it is highly recommended that you select them all and click Install Updates. You may be asked to restart the computer after the updates are installed.
  4. Repeat this process until there are no further updates available to install.

 


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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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