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This article describes how to prepare to upgrade from Microsoft Windows XP to Windows Vista.
Back up important filesBack up important files on the Windows XP-based computer before you upgrade to Windows Vista. A backup of files helps prevent the loss of files if you make a mistake during the upgrade. For more information about how to back up files in Windows XP, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308422/ )How to use the Backup utility that is included in Windows XP to back up files and folders
Install Windows XP Service Pack 2Before you can upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista, you must install Windows XP Service Pack 2. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322389/ )How to obtain the latest Windows XP service pack
Verify the upgrade status of the Windows XP-based computerTo determine whether you can upgrade the edition of Windows XP on the computer to Windows Vista, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upgradepaths.mspxIf 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:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/918884/ )How to install Windows Vista
Verify that the programs that you are using are supported by Windows VistaFor more information about how to determine whether programs are compatible with Windows Vista, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931359/ )How to determine whether there are program-compatibility issues before you install Windows Vista
Verify the free space on the hard diskTo upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista, you must have about 15 gigabytes (GB) of free space on the hard disk on which Windows XP is installed.
To determine how much free space is on the hard disk, follow these steps:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306542/ )How to use the Desktop Cleanup Wizard in Windows XP
Verify the file systemBefore you perform the upgrade, you must verify that the hard disk or the partition on which Windows XP is installed uses the NTFS file system. To do this, follow these steps:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314097/ )How to use Convert.exe to convert a partition to the NTFS file system
Article ID: 931225 - Last Review: June 20, 2008 - Revision: 2.3