Chapter 22: Installing and Running Windows Vista
15. Click Start. Windows Vista will check the computer performance and assign a
16. When the operating system starts, you’ll see the Welcome Center.
Performing an Upgrade Installation
Although Windows Vista provides an upgrade option during installation, an upgrade
with Windows Vista isn’t what you think it is. With an upgrade, the Windows Vista
Setup program performs a clean installation of the operating system followed by a
migration of user settings, documents, and applications from the earlier version of
During the migration portion of the upgrade, Setup moves folders and files for the
previous installation to a folder named Windows.old. As a result, the previous instal-
lation will no longer run. Settings are migrated because Windows Vista doesn’t store
user and application information in the same way as earlier versions of Windows do.
See Chapter 1 for more information on where Windows Vista stores user data.
To perform an upgrade installation of Windows Vista, complete the following steps:
1. Start the computer and log on using an account with administrator privileges.
Insert the Windows Vista distribution media into the computer’s CD-ROM or
DVD-ROM drive. Setup should start automatically. If Setup doesn’t start auto-
matically, use Windows Explorer to access the distribution media and then
2. Start the installation by clicking Install Now.
3. Choose whether to get updates during the installation. Click either “Go online
to get the latest updates for installation” or “Do not get the latest updates for
4. If prompted for a product key, enter the product key and then click Next.
5. Read the license terms. Click “I accept the license terms (required to use Win-
dows)” and then click Next.
6. Since you are performing a clean installation over an existing installation, select
the installation type as Upgrade.
7. Setup will start the installation. During this process, Setup copies the full disk
image of Windows Vista to the disk you’ve selected and then expands it. After-
ward, Setup installs features based on the computer’s configuration and detected
hardware. When Setup finishes the installation, the operating system will be
loaded and you can complete the installation.
8. Select a Windows Update option for the computer. Typically, you’ll want to use
the recommended settings to allow Windows Vista to automatically install all