OverviewWindows Vista is available in 36 languages. This includes 11 languages that are available in Windows XP only if you use a Windows XP Language Interface Pack. However, you cannot upgrade a Windows XP-based computer that is running one of these packs to a version of Windows Vista that uses one of the new languages. If you try to do this, the Upgrade option is not available. Instead, you must perform a custom installation of Windows Vista or a clean installation of Windows Vista.
This issue occurs if the operating system language in Windows XP does not match the language of the version of Windows Vista that you install. This issue affects the following language versions of Windows XP:
- Portuguese (Brazil)
- Portuguese (Portugal)
- Traditional Chinese
- Norwegian (Bokmål)
- Portuguese (Portugal)
- Simplified Chinese
Custom installation informationAlthough you may be unable to upgrade the computer to Windows Vista, you can perform a custom installation of Windows Vista. A custom installation helps preserve the data files from an earlier installation of Windows XP. Consider the following limitations when you perform a custom installation of Windows Vista:
- You must reinstall all the programs after you install Windows Vista.
- You cannot preserve Windows XP settings, such as Windows Media Center recording settings. In this scenario, you must reconfigure Windows Vista. This includes setting up Windows Media Center.
- You must move personal files to an appropriate location in Windows Vista.
- Windows Easy Transfer is unavailable. Windows Easy Transfer does not let you transfer files and settings between computers if a language difference exists.
Install Windows VistaTo perform a custom installation of Windows Vista, follow these steps:
- Insert the Windows Vista DVD, and then click Install now.
- Follow the steps in the installation program until you reach the Which type of installation do you want page. Notice that Upgrade is unavailable.
- Click Custom (advanced), click the partition on which you want to install Windows Vista, and then click Next.
- When you receive a message that states that the partition contains files from an earlier Windows installation and that these files will be moved to a folder that is named Windows.old, click Next. Then, follow the remaining steps to install Windows Vista.
Locate personal filesThe Windows Vista installation program creates the Windows.old folder to store files from the Windows XP installation. To locate the Windows.old folder in Windows Vista, click Start, type drive:\windows.old in the Start Search box, and then click Windows.old in the Programs list.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or click Continue.
You must move personal files from their former folders to the corresponding folders in Windows Vista.
Important We recommend that you do not delete any files or folders until you verify that all the personal files have been successfully restored to Windows Vista.
For more information about how to restore your personal files to Windows Vista, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
Article ID: 932856 - Last Review: May 14, 2010 - Revision: 1