Essential Steps for Upgrading to Vista

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 21 Feb. 2008 / Last Updated on 21 Feb. 2008]

What you need to do before upgrading to Vista.

Planning on manually upgrading your Windows XP workstation to Vista? Here are four things you must be sure to do:

Run the Upgrade Advisor to see whether your hardware configuration will support upgrading to Vista. You may need to beef up your machine for it to run Vista, or you may decide to ditch it and buy a new, more modern computer.

Back up everything. EVERYTHING.

Check for viruses on your system, then disconnect from the Internet and disable your antivirus software prior to upgrading.

Use Windows Easy Transfer to copy your user data and settings to your new machine (if you bought a new computer for running Vista).


Mitch Tulloch was lead author for the Windows Vista Resource Kit from Microsoft Press, which is the book for IT pros who want to deploy, maintain and support Windows Vista in mid- and large-sized network environments. Mitch was also the author of Introducing Windows Server 2008 and technical project lead for the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Resource Kit, both books also from Microsoft Press. For more information on these and other books by Mitch, see

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The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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