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Beginners Guides: Installing Windows Vista
Beginners Guides: Installing Windows Vista - PCSTATS
Installing Microsoft Windows operating systems has never been too hard, but Windows Vista's install process does differ in several ways from that of Windows XP, especially when it comes to handling hard drive selection...
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Installing Vista over an old Windows installation

If you wish, you can install Vista directly over top of an old Windows XP installation by highlighting the partition that contains XP and clicking 'next'. In this situation, Vista will store the XP operating system files as well as any user data contained in 'my documents', 'desktop' and Outlook Express in a new folder called 'windows.old' on the Vista C: drive. In this way you can preserve your data while installing Vista quickly. Note that any data kept in an unconventional location (such as the root of C: or a folder created on the C: drive as opposed to on the desktop or in my documents) will be lost.

Finishing the installation

Now that you have chosen a drive or partition to install on, sit back and relax as the Vista installer plows through the rest of the process.

You will be prompted for a user name and password. Given that Vista does not use a separately accessible admin account by default, a lot of Vista's security features are riding on you entering a password here, so PCSTATS recommends that you do.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Installing Windows Vista
 Pg 2.  The Windows Vista clean install process
 Pg 3.  Getting Around Activating Vista
 Pg 4.  Selecting the Hard Drive for Vista
 Pg 5.  Creating Partitions and Formatting
 Pg 6.  — Installing Vista over an old Windows installation
 Pg 7.  Finishing the Fresh Installation
 Pg 8.  Finishing the Fresh Installation Con't
 Pg 9.  Vista installation with RAID 0 or 1 (Advanced)
 Pg 10.  Upgrading to Windows Vista
 Pg 11.  Upgrading to Windows Vista; Compatibility
 Pg 12.  Upgrading to Windows Vista; Device Drivers

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