How to upgrade Windows XP to Windows Vista

How to upgrade Windows XP to Windows Vista
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Upgrade

The Windows Vista upgrade may take several hours to complete and will restart your computer at least four times during process. Although the upgrade is slow compared to later Windows versions, once initiated, a the process is automated and requires no further user interaction until complete.
  1. Insert the Windows Vista installation media into your computer. The Windows Vista Setup window will be displayed.
    Windows Vista Setup

    Windows Vista Setup

  2. Click Install now. After a short period, the Get important updates for installation window will be displayed.
    Get important updates for installation

    Get important updates for installation

  3. Select the Go online to get the latest updates for installation (recommended) option. The Searching for installation updates window will be displayed.
    Searching for installation updates...

    Searching for installation updates…

    After several seconds of searching for any available updates, Windows will begin Downloading installation updates.

    Downloading installation updates...

    Downloading installation updates…

    Once the installation updates have been downloaded, the status changes to Installation is restarting, and Windows Vista Setup closes and restarts.

    Installation is restarting...

    Installation is restarting…

    After Windows Vista Setup restarts, the Type you product key for activation window will be displayed.

    Type your product key for activation

    Type your product key for activation

  4. Click Next. The Do you want to enter your product key now? prompt window will be displayed.
    Do you want to enter your product key now?

    Do you want to enter your product key now?

  5. Click No. The Select the edition of Windows that you purchased window will be displayed.
    Select the edition of Windows that you purchased

    Select the edition of Windows that you purchased

  6. Based on your current Windows XP edition, select the a corresponding Windows Vista edition using the following table.
    From Edition To Edition
    Windows XP Home Windows Vista Home Premium
    Windows XP Professional Windows Vista Ultimate

    If you have a different Windows XP edition, or are otherwise unsure, select Windows Vista Ultimate.

  7. Tick I have selected the edition of Windows that I purchased, and then click Next. The Please read the license terms window will be displayed.
    Please read the license terms

    Please read the license terms

  8. Tick I accept the license terms, and then click Next. The What type of installation do you want? window will be displayed.
    Which type of installation do you want?

    Which type of installation do you want?

  9. Select the Upgrade option. The Checking compatibility window will be displayed.
    Checking compatibility...

    Checking compatibility…

    Once Windows has completed checking compatibility, the Compatibility Report will be displayed.

    Compatibility Report

    Compatibility Report

    Compatibility warnings are generally just informational messages and can be safely ignored. However, if you received a compatibility error, this will stop the upgrade until you have uninstalled the offending application or component. Windows PowerShell is one such component that must be uninstalled.

  10. Click Next. The Upgrading Windows: Copying Windows files window will be displayed.
    Upgrading Windows: Copy Windows Files

    Upgrading Windows: Copy Windows files

    After a short period, the status change will change to Gathering files.

    Upgrading Windows: Gathering files

    Upgrading Windows: Gathering files

    The Gathering files stage takes some time to complete, after which the status will change to Expanding files.

    Upgrading Windows: Expanding files

    Upgrading Windows: Expanding files

    When the Expanding files stage reaches approximately 20%, the Windows needs to restart to continue window will be displayed.

    Windows need to restart to continue

    Windows need to restart to continue

    The computer will be automatically restarted after 10 seconds, or alternatively you can click Restart now to restart immediately.

    After the computer has restarted, the Upgrading Windows: Expanding files window will be re-displayed.

    Upgrading Windows: Expanding files

    Upgrading Windows: Expanding files

    Once the Expanding files stage is complete, the status will change to Installing features and updates.

    Upgrading Windows: Installing features and updates

    Upgrading Windows: Installing features and updates

    Once the Installing features and updates stage is complete, the Windows needs to restart to continue window will be displayed.

    Windows need to restart to continue

    Windows need to restart to continue

    The computer will be automatically restarted after 10 seconds, or alternatively you can click Restart now to restart immediately.

    After the computer has restarted, the Please wait while Windows sets up your computer screen will be displayed.

    Please wait while Windows sets up your computer

    Please wait while Windows sets up your computer

    After a short period, the Upgrading Windows: Completing upgrade window will be displayed.

    Upgrading Windows: Completing upgrade

    Upgrading Windows: Completing upgrade

    When the Completing upgrade stage reaches approximately 50%, Windows will restart automatically without prompting.

    After the computer has restarted, the Upgrading Windows: Completing upgrade window will be re-displayed.

    Upgrading Windows: Completing upgrade

    Upgrading Windows: Completing upgrade

    Once the Completing upgrade stage is complete, Windows will restart automatically without prompting.

    After the computer has restarted, the Help protect Windows automatically window will be displayed.

    Help protect Windows automatically

    Help protect Windows automatically

  11. Select the Use recommended settings option. The Review your time and date settings window will be displayed.
    Review your time and date settings

    Review your time and date settings

  12. Adjust the time and date settings if necessary, and then click Next. The Select your computer’s current location window will be displayed.
    Select your computer's current location

    Select your computer’s current location

  13. Select the option most suitable to your current network location. The Thank you window will be displayed.
    Thank you

    Thank you

  14. Click Start. The performance check sequence will begin.
    When the performance check is complete, the Windows Vista Sign-in screen will be displayed.

    Windows Vista: Sign-in Screen

    Windows Vista: Sign-in screen

  15. Type your sign-in password and press Enter. The Preparing your desktop screen will be displayed.
    Preparing your desktop...

    Preparing your desktop…

    At first sign-in after the upgrade, a message stating that the Microsoft .NET Framework version 4 needs to be repaired will be displayed.

    Microsoft .NET Framework 4 needs to be repaired

    Microsoft .NET Framework 4 needs to be repaired

    Once the repair of the .NET Framework is complete, a message asking to Please restart to complete the installation will be displayed.

    Microsoft .NET Framework 4 needs to be restart

    Microsoft .NET Framework 4 needs to be restart

  16. Click Restart now. The computer will shutdown and restart. After your computer has restarted, sign-in and the Windows Vista Desktop will be displayed.
    Windows Vista: Desktop

    Windows Vista: Desktop

  17. Click the Windows Vista Start Menu. The Start Menu will be displayed.
    Windows Vista: Start Menu

    Windows Vista: Start Menu

    The Windows XP to Windows Vista in-place upgrade process is now complete.


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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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