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This article discusses the installation choices for consumer versions of Windows Vista. This article also discusses the steps to upgrade to Windows Vista from Microsoft Windows XP and from Microsoft Windows 2000. For upgrade information for Windows XP, follow all the steps. For upgrade information for Windows 2000, go to step 3.
This article does not include information about Windows Vista Starter, about Windows Vista Enterprise, or about versions of Windows Vista that you install by using Microsoft Volume Licensing.
This article is intended for a beginning to intermediate computer user.
You may find it easier to follow the steps if you print this article first.
Step 1: Determine the version of Microsoft Windows XP that the computer is running
Step 2: Determine whether Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 is installed
Step 3: Determine whether the operating system is eligible for a Windows Vista upgrade license
Step 4: Verify that the operating system language has upgrade support
Installation choices for all versions of Windows XP
UpgradeAfter you purchase the retail store package or after you download Windows Vista from the Microsoft Store Web site, follow these steps:
Custom installationAfter you purchase the retail store package or after you download Windows Vista from the Microsoft Store Web site, follow these steps:
Installation choices for Windows 2000No upgrade installation path is available for Microsoft Windows 2000. However, you can perform a custom installation that uses an upgrade license by starting the installation in Windows 2000.
After you purchase the retail store package or after you download Windows Vista from the Microsoft Store Web site, follow these steps:
Download DriversAfter you set up Windows Vista on your computer, make sure you have the latest drivers and software upgrades. To do this, visit the following Windows Vista Compatibility Center Web site:
Windows Vista Compatibility CenterTo see the Windows 7 Compatibility Center, visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/default.aspx
Article ID: 933162 - Last Review: March 4, 2013 - Revision: 5.0