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MCTS 70-620 Exam Prep: Upgrading to Windows Vista

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This chapter helps you to prepare for the Installing and Upgrading Windows Vista section of the TS: Microsoft Windows Vista, Configuring exam.
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Objectives

This chapter helps you to prepare for the exam by covering the following Microsoft-specified objectives for the Installing and Upgrading Windows Vista section of the TS: Microsoft Windows Vista, Configuring exam:

Upgrade to Windows Vista from a previous version of Windows.

  • Microsoft provides several upgrade paths for computers running versions of Windows XP. This objective is included to ensure that you know how and when to upgrade Windows XP to Windows Vista.

Upgrade from one edition of Windows Vista to another.

  • Several paths are available for upgrading from one edition of Windows Vista to another edition. This objective is included to ensure that you know how and when to upgrade from one edition of Vista to a higher edition.

Outline

Introduction 130

Upgrading to Windows Vista from a Previous Version of Windows 130

  • Preparing a Computer to Meet Upgrade Requirements 131
    • Vista Upgrade Advisor 131
    • Additional Preparatory Tasks 134
  • Upgrading the Computer to Windows Vista 135
  • Dual-Booting Windows Vista 138

Upgrading from One Edition of Windows Vista to Another 140

  • Windows Anytime Upgrade 141
  • Upgrading Windows Vista 141

Performing Post-Installation Updates and Product Activation 143

  • Installing Updates and Hotfixes 145
  • Managing Automatic Updates 146

Summary 148

Key Terms 148

Apply Your Knowledge 148

  • Exercises 149
  • Exam Questions 150
  • Answers to Exam Questions 152
  • Suggested Readings and Resources 153

Introduction

As Microsoft introduces new versions of its Windows operating system, many users around the world want to take advantage of the features included in the new version without purchasing new computers. Consequently, Microsoft has made available upgrade paths that enable users to upgrade older versions of Windows. By upgrading earlier versions of Windows to Windows Vista, you can retain registry settings and account information contained in the older operating system.

Many users are attracted by the features available in higher editions of Vista, such as Vista Ultimate, but may have purchased a computer on which a lower edition of Vista such as Home Basic has been pre-installed. Consequently, Microsoft has made upgrade paths available that enable these users to upgrade to a higher version of Vista. As with the upgrade of an earlier version of Windows, these upgrade paths enable users to retain registry settings and account information from the lower version of Vista.

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