> As I prepared to upgrade our three computers, I purchased my first
> Windows Vista Home Premium and got as far as "Upgrade is disabled",
> telling me I MUST do a clean install. Uhhh... not in THIS lifetime!
> It went on to explain that I CANNOT upgrade XP Pro to Home Premium,
> but this is NOT on the package or any info in the Staples store
> (which has agreed to take it back). My question is: If I am FORCED
> to buy Vista Ultimate, can I avoid installing all the stuff I DON'T
> need? Otherwise, I will stay with XP for a few more years. THANK YOU
> for any info!
Maybe installing Vista on a separate partition
and dual booting would be attractive to you.
I'm no expert on dual-booting but the
following info worked for me. One
other point...when I first installed Vista
I constantly received errors...updating my
BIOS solved that.
Doesn't have to be a second hard drive...
if your main drive is large enough you can
install on a separate partition. 15 to 20 GB
is considered to be adequate for the install
but 40 GB or more would be better.
First...hook up all your hardware and run
the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor...just
to see where you stand.
Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor
Also..."Important"...backup all of your personal
files...My Documents / My Pictures / E-mail /
Everything...etc...you never know what might
You may need to reduce the size of
your Primary Active partition to create
some unallocated space.
I used Acronis Disk Director Suite 10
to accomplish this but there are other
options such as the app. mentioned
in the following article.
How to dual-boot Vista with XP -
step-by-step guide with screenshots
Gnome Partition Editor
Once you have the unallocated space
available...you may need to enter your
BIOS and change the boot order so
you can boot from the Vista disk. From
that point just follow the onscreen
instructions. To access the BIOS on my
machine...I have to press and hold the
Delete key when it's powering up.
When Vista installs it will create it's own
partition on the unallocated space.
The following links may be useful also:
Dual-Booting Vista and XP
Dual-Booting Vista and XP (Part 2)
Also the following freebie is very useful in
managing your Boot options.
(scroll down to the download link)
MS Picture It! -
Digital Image MVP
Highlights and FAQs
This is not tech support
I am a volunteer
Solutions that work for
me may not work for you
Proceed at your own risk