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Note that not all Windows Vista®  features are available for use on all Windows Vista Capable PCs. All Windows Vista Capable PCs will run the core experiences of Windows Vista, such as innovations in organizing and finding information, security, and reliability. Some features available in premium editions of Windows Vista -- like the new Windows®  Aero®  user interface -- require advanced or additional hardware. Check for details.

Step 1: Assess Hardware Requirements

  • Windows Vista Premium Ready PC's include at least 1GB system RAM and 128 MB graphics memory.
  • To help further optimize the Windows Vista experience, Dell recommends Premium Ready PCs be configured with 2 GB dual-channel (2-DIMMs) system RAM, a Dual-Core processor, a 7200 rpm Hard Drive and at least a 256 MB discrete graphics card.
Windows Vista CapableWindows Vista
Premium Ready
Dell Recommended
Good Better Best
System Memory512MB RAM1GB RAM2GB Dual Channel (2 DIMMS)
Graphics MemoryIntegrated or discrete128 MB Graphics Card (integrated or discrete)256MB Graphics Card
ProcessorModern processor (>=800MHz)1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)Dual-Core
Hard Drive>=15GB free (recommended)40GB capacity, >=15GB free7200 rpm
Windows Vista®  Aero®  ExperienceNoneAero®  enabled as a default, but performance may be compromised as more windows, applications and games are opened. Can enhance Aero®  experience and system performance
Great For...Booting the Operating System, without running applications or gamesMultitasking (e-mail, basic photo editing, basic video editing, music, spreadsheets, browsing, and other applications) The experience is only assured in single monitor mode. Dual monitor is supported, but may affect the Aero®  premium experience. Multitasking with power-hungry applications (large spreadsheets, advanced video and photo editing, HD viewing and recording).Dual Monitor Usage

Step 2: Backup Important Data

Before you upgrade to Windows Vista® , you should consider backing up your most important files or saving them to a safe location. Windows Vista®  will still have access to these files after installation, but in the event there is data loss you may not have a backup.

Typical backup options include:

  • Using Windows Backup or other third party backup software
  • Writing data to a CD or DVD
  • Copying data to an external hard drive
  • Copying data to a network folder on another computer
How do I prepare my Dell computer for a clean installation of Microsoft®  Windows XP?

Step 3: Upgrade to Windows Vista

Windows Vista®  expects that you have a previous version of Microsoft Windows installed on your computer. Windows Vista®  supports two Windows installations for upgrading:

  • Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows Vista®  (other Windows Vista®  Editions)

Step 4: During Your Installation

Once you've decided to upgrade to Windows Vista® , you may want to reference this information throughout the installation process.

In addition, make sure you have your Windows XP installation CD available in case the installaction process is not successful. You may need to uninstall Windows Vista®  and you'll need this CD to restore your system along with your backup data method.

Here are several steps on how to re-install Windows XP:

1.  Insert the Windows XP CD into the CD/DVD drive. Power on the computer.
2.  Setup will start copying files, which depending on your system can take a while.
3.  Next you will get the option to Repair or enter Setup. Choose to enter Setup.
4.  Setup will scan for previous Windows installations.
5.  After several confirmation screens and you choose the location of your installation, Setup will show a progress box and reboot
      when copying files is complete.
6.  From this point, you will follow the on screen prompts.
7.  Logon to XP and apply Service Pack and Critical updates from Windows Update before installing any software or hardware.
8.  Install your anti-virus software.
9.  Install all other applications.
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