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I am getting ready to install my new motherboard and with it upgrading my OS from XP Home SP3 to Vista 64 Ultimate. My question is, can I install the new OS without losing all my old files? Do I need to backup to a new HDD to do this, because I currently only have 1 HDD. I have Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit "retail" that I will be using for my upgrade.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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I think so if your upgrading
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Usually when you upgrade to Vista while having XP. It puts xp in a file called window.old. But if you are going to format then you will lost everything.

You better off backing up everything to a cd or dvd.
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I am getting ready to install my new motherboard and with it upgrading my OS from XP Home SP3 to Vista 64 Ultimate. My question is, can I install the new OS without losing all my old files? Do I need to backup to a new HDD to do this, because I currently only have 1 HDD. I have Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit "retail" that I will be using for my upgrade.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Usually you can upgrade meaning only XP get's de-installed, not the whole filesystem with all the data on it, I'm not quite sure if this also includes going from 32-bit to 64-bit.

Regardless, you also might think about going to 3 or 4 gb of RAM, 64-bit is kind of useless with just 2gb, not just that but it'll bog the system aswell.
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@Danbeme32 - I was thinking about doing that, but looking at my files i have close to 150G's worth of info. I don't think that would fit on a single CD

@Soulthief - So even though I don't have the "Upgrade" version of Vista(I got the "Full" version from their website) I can still upgrade? As for the 4GB of RAM, I have 2x2GB OCZ reaper 1066 on the way.
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I would say boot from the Vista DVD, then see if you have empty space on your HD with which you can create a new partition. If you install Vista in said partition, that is new, all your old data/files will still be there.

However, if you have your whole HD partitioned into one large logical drive, you will not have any free space with which to create a partition, and it is required with XP Home I know that you must install XP in a new partition, there is no way around it, you Must create a partition to install XP, and I would assume Vista would be no different in said matter.

A simple way to check: In XP Home (Make sure you're on an administrator account) goto Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools (If the control panel is in category view mode, switch it to Classic view mode.) -> Computer Management -> Disk Management. Your HD should be there, with what it is, if anywhere it says "Free Space" or something like "Unpartitioned Space", then you're good if you have, I would say, 10-20 gigs for Vista. If you don't have said sayings anywhere, you need to get an external HDD and put all your data you wish to keep on the external HDD. External USB drives are pretty cheap now.

And I would do some research on how much space Vista takes up, I know I would put 5-10 gigs for WinXP if I was making a separate partition, but I have no idea about Vista.

All this from an A+ Certified Techie. (CompTIA A+ Certification, google it if you dunno what 'tis. Depot Technician certified.)
    
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@Danbeme32 - I was thinking about doing that, but looking at my files i have close to 150G's worth of info. I don't think that would fit on a single CD

@Soulthief - So even though I don't have the "Upgrade" version of Vista(I got the "Full" version from their website) I can still upgrade? As for the 4GB of RAM, I have 2x2GB OCZ reaper 1066 on the way.
The term 'upgrade' here is not from XP to Vista but from Vista to a higher version eg. Home Premium to Ultimate.

Any version (full) will have an upgrade option, just make sure you read everything, when it says formatting, than you're screwed and need a HELIX BootCD to recover data.

(Yes even after a format one can retrieve data)
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@SnickieX - According to Disk Management I have 140GB's of "Free Space". According to MS i need 15GB for Vista(I'll just say 20GB to be safe). So I could create another "partition" with Vista on it, does that mean I will have both XP and Vista on the same HDD?

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@SoulThief - Thanks I believe that cleared up things a bit...+ Rep!
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@SnickieX - According to Disk Management I have 140GB's of "Free Space". According to MS i need 15GB for Vista(I'll just say 20GB to be safe). So I could create another "partition" with Vista on it, does that mean I will have both XP and Vista on the same HDD?

sorry, hardware i can do, I am horrible with software :S

@SoulThief - Thanks I believe that cleared up things a bit...+ Rep!
Snickie, was probably referring to 'unallocated' space, which means; space which has never been used before, and often is not even partitioned.

You're good to go buddy, during the install prompt, the first screen you'll see (or at least one of the) will be the one asking you to either upgrade or do a full system installation, off course you'll need to select the upgrade.

You can do this two ways actually, either boot into XP insert the Vista DVD and let autorun do it's job, then select upgrade, or just insert the DVD reboot, and let it boot from the DVD.

There's almost no difference, but people tend to feel safe, when booting the installation from within Windows itself.
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Awesome! Thanks to everyone for the help/info. Hopefully I will be "vista-ing" before long. ^_^
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