Vista Upgrade Paths & Info by Sam C. Chan

January 3, 2007

  Upgrade to Windows Vista edition
Current O.S. Home Basic Home Premium Business Ultimate
XP Pro
XP Home
XP Media Center
XP Tablet PC
XP Pro x64
Windows 2000

In-place upgrade is feasible
Must perform fresh install
  • Only users of Windows 2000 and the 5 editions of XP listed qualify for upgrades. Users of Windows 9x line, as well as XP starter edition and Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs are ineligible.
  • Only those systems with a clean, solid and absolutely problem-free O.S. should attempt the in-place upgrade option. All others will be better served by taking advantage of the occasion to start a fresh installation.
  • Microsoft has not yet formally announced whether they will make available upgrade paths within Vista, from one edition to another.

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