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All right. So I've had this Vista Ultimate disc laying around for some time, but I've been very uneasy about upgrading yet. Not because of the whole "zomg vista sux go use OS X it's less buggy!!111oneeleven". I don't care, go die in a fire if you start that. My main concern is all my music, files, and just straight up any problems from actually upgrading as opposed to reformatting and installing a fresh Vista. Of all the computers I've ever used and the OS's I've installed, they have always been from a freshly formatted HD and not an upgrade.

What are the pros and cons of upgrading as opposed to a fresh format and are there any complications in the long run(files from XP install sticking around and giving me problems?)?

Also, x86 is the 32-bit, correct? For some reason the Marine Corps has made me forget a lot of tech stuff...
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I can't answer your upgrade question as I always do fresh installs, but yes x86 is 32 bit.

You need the 64 bit version if you have 4 gigs of ram.
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Better off with a clean install, but there is a way to do a clean install with just an upgrade disc. As for 4GB RAM: x64 would be better, but depending on your setup you may be able to get x86 to recognize all 4GB by activating PAE.
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I just did this on my wife's Dell which came with XP 2 nights ago. I upgraded to Vista Ultimate x86 (32-bit) by following these steps. All data stays on the hard drive this way and the previous Windows installation is saved in the "Windows.old" directory. This way is technically not an "upgrade" but all of your data will stick around. You will need to reinstall your software but your music, documents, and the like will still be around.

However, as before every OS upgrade, it's good to back up first.

1) Put the Vista disk in the drive
2) Reboot
2a) If your BIOS is set up to allow booting from the CD/DVD drive, press a key when prompted to boot from the Vista disk
2b) If your BIOS is NOT set up to allow booting from the CD/DVD drive, enter your BIOS and enable this feature and reboot as in step 2b
3) When prompted, select the "new install" method
4) Select the regular C:\\ partition - DO *NOT* REFORMAT THIS PARTITON - NO NO BAD BAD DO NOT WANT (unless you do want to reformat and nuke that partition and lose all of your data, of course...then by all means, reformat the sucker )
5) Vista will detect that XP is already installed on that drive and will tell you that your previous Windows directory will be saved in a directory called "Windows.old"

Voila!

When you're sure that you don't need any files from your previous Windows directory, just delete it to free up the hard drive space.
     
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You just described the common upgrade
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You just described the common upgrade
No, he described how to set up dual boot, on the same partition.

An upgrade would be running XP, inserting vista disc in drive and running installation, and selecting upgrade.

Your best option is to shrink your xp partition, and install vista on the new partition. That way if you have some sort of driver error or something similar, you can always have your xp as a back up, and can nuke the vista if needed.
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No, this is not dual boot. The installation that I described renders XP unbootable from what I can tell.

A true "upgrade" is when you are in Windows, stick the Vista disk in, and walk through the upgrade process from within Windows. There are distinctly separate options in the installer.
     
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I think it just leaves a Windows.old.
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I think it just leaves a Windows.old.
Exactly...at least it has both times I've done it.
     
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post #10 of 11
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Whoo for arguing.

Hmm... Well I'm not looking to dual boot in anyway, just want Vista or XP.
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