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Upgrading from One Edition of Windows Vista to Another

Objective

Upgrade from one edition of Windows Vista to another edition.

Chapter 1, "Introducing Windows Vista," introduced you to the editions Microsoft has produced for Windows Vista. Just as you can upgrade Windows XP to Vista, you can also upgrade a lower edition of Vista to a higher one. Table 3.2 summarizes the available upgrade paths.

Table 3.2. Upgrading One Edition of Vista to a Higher One

Windows Edition You Are Upgrading

You Can Upgrade to This Edition

Vista Home Basic

Vista Home Premium

Vista Ultimate

Vista Home Premium

Vista Ultimate

Vista Business

Vista Ultimate

Vista Enterprise

Vista Ultimate

Vista Ultimate

Cannot be upgraded further

Windows Anytime Upgrade

The Windows Vista DVD-ROM contains the code for all editions of Vista. When you enter the license key, this tells Setup which edition of Vista you are installing. As mentioned in Chapter 2, you can also install Vista without entering a license key and then select the desired edition. Doing so enables you to preview the capabilities of a given edition before making a purchase decision. Microsoft recommends that you perform several procedures before installing Vista, regardless of the method used for installation.

Upgrading Windows Vista

Follow Step by Step 3.3 to upgrade Windows Vista Home Basic to Vista Ultimate. Other possible upgrades (as outlined previously in Table 3.2) are performed in much the same fashion.

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