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Upgrading from windows XP RRS feed

  • Question

  • I currently run a machine using windows XP Media Centre Edition with SP3.

    I own an uninstalled retail copy of Windows XP professional

    I wish to upgrade to windows vista business.

    Can I upgrade from XP Media Centre to XP Professional and then upgrade again to Windows Vista Business using a retail version of vista business?

    Thursday, May 8, 2014 9:36 AM

Answers

  • As MCE is a superset of Pro, I doubt that a true upgrade will be possible (you would have to use a disk slipstreamed to SP3 level anyhow for an upgrade) - you would have to do a clean install.

    Also, If I remember right, MCE never got the SP3 bits? This may make possible an upgrade if you use a slipstreamed XPPro SP3 disk for the job.

    Run the Upgrade Advisor first to check hardware compatibility - if it's OK, and your XP Pro is genuine and valid then you can use the double-install method to clean-install a Vista Business Upgrade edition.

    I'd take the opportunity for a clean install anyhow, personally :)


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi
    CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:55 PM
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  • Please review: Windows Vista editions to see which specific editions of Windows XP Media Center can be directly upgraded to Windows Vista Business edition.

    Carey Frisch

    Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:11 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Download and run the Microsoft Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor.  For additional assistance, please visit the more appropriate Windows Vista Community Forum.

    Carey Frisch


    Thursday, May 8, 2014 1:12 PM
    Moderator
  • As MCE is a superset of Pro, I doubt that a true upgrade will be possible (you would have to use a disk slipstreamed to SP3 level anyhow for an upgrade) - you would have to do a clean install.

    Also, If I remember right, MCE never got the SP3 bits? This may make possible an upgrade if you use a slipstreamed XPPro SP3 disk for the job.

    Run the Upgrade Advisor first to check hardware compatibility - if it's OK, and your XP Pro is genuine and valid then you can use the double-install method to clean-install a Vista Business Upgrade edition.

    I'd take the opportunity for a clean install anyhow, personally :)


    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi
    CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:55 PM
    Moderator
  • Please review: Windows Vista editions to see which specific editions of Windows XP Media Center can be directly upgraded to Windows Vista Business edition.

    Carey Frisch

    Saturday, May 10, 2014 10:11 PM
    Moderator