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How To Get Ready to Upgrade from XP to Vista

Microsoft has posted a nice little summary to get you ready to upgrade your Windows XP machines to Windows Vista. It talks about backing up all of your files, as you should be doing anyway, of course you have to be at Service Pack 2 level, you need to verify the upgrade status of your computer, make sure your programs will still work and that you have enough hard drive space on your NTFS file system.

Verify the upgrade status of the Windows XP-based computer
To determine whether you can upgrade the edition of Windows XP on the computer to Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (
Additionally, you can use the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor to help determine which edition of Windows Vista you can install. For more information about the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (
If you cannot upgrade the version of Windows XP to Windows Vista, perform a custom installation. (This kind of installation is also known as a clean installation.) When you perform a custom installation, you cannot migrate the Windows XP settings to Windows Vista. For more information about how to perform a custom installation of Windows Vista, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
933178 ( How to install Windows Vista Source: How to prepare to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista

Some of the other KB articles you may have to visit:

308422 ( How to use the Backup utility that is included in Windows XP to back up files and folders

322389 ( How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack

933178 ( How to install Windows Vista

931359 ( How to determine whether there are program-compatibility issues before you install Windows Vista

306542 ( How to use the Desktop Cleanup Wizard in Windows XP

314097 ( How to use Convert.exe to convert a partition to the NTFS file system

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - May 18, 2007 at 6:28 pm

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Dell Vista Upgrade

Looks like another day of no good news about Windows Vista, to start, lots of people are complaining to Dell because it is taking so long to get their “free” upgrade copy of Windows Vista. Looks like the upgrade copies will not start shipping until the end of February, the earlier you submitted yours, the earlier you will get it as they are doing it first in first out, as they should.

Many customers are now asking when we will start shipping the Vista Upgrade. Dell expects to begin shipping the upgrade in the latter part of February. The upgrade availability for some systems like the XPS 710 and 710 H2C will take longer. Like I mentioned in a previous post, we’re still validating some drivers for high-end graphics cards and gaming peripherals, and still testing compatibility with some gaming software. When we have updated information for XPS 710 and 710 H2C customers, I’ll blog about it in a future post. Source: When Will My Vista Upgrade Ship?

This stinks, it will probably be late March before I get mine, seems like I submitted it a couple or three weeks ago, so it may be awhile. They are including a Dell upgrade assistant DVD, to help customers with the upgrade process. If the site is telling you your service tag is not being recognized as being valid, go to the Dell Blog and leave a comment, making sure you include your email in the email address field, and they will have a CSR contact you to figure out the problem.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - February 16, 2007 at 5:06 am

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