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    Vista upgrade (Vista)

    bold I just got a HP computer with Vista Home Basic installed in it. I have been reading the "Windows Vista for Dummies" and it says that I should upgrade to Home Basic Premium. My question is , can I use an upgrade program or do I need to buy the full version and do a clean install?? What files and programs will I lose and how can I save them? Please respond ASAP so that I can get this computer up and running like I want it to.

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    Re: Vista upgrade (Vista)

    Contact HP they should have a upgrade for a lot less than you will have to pay for at retail, and would still be covered by their support.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Vista upgrade (Vista)

    But do I use a upgrade or the full version?????? And what files and programs will I lose and how can I save them????

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    Re: Vista upgrade (Vista)

    You can use an Upgrade Version. According to this MS article no personal files, settings or programs will be lost.
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    Re: Vista upgrade (Vista)

    Have you tried the "Start, Extras and Upgrades, and then Windows Update Anytime"?

    This step you will pay for the difference not a FULL upgrade price.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Vista upgrade (Vista)

    Ken,

    You say you got an HP computer. They usually come with a DVD labeled "Windows Anytime Upgrade". You can use this to upgrade your version of Vista from Home Basic to Home Premium (or Business or Ultimate) with the payment of the appropriate upgrade fee. Instructions come with the DVD.

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    Re: Vista upgrade (Vista)

    HP computers do not come with any CD's. To get a system CD you have to copy it from the hard drive when you first get the computer or you can buy one from HP.

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    Re: Vista upgrade (Vista)

    Ken,

    I agree with you that HP computers do not come with Windows installation CDs or DVDs. They come with a "recovery" partition on disk that you can copy to DVD. Or you can purchase the recovery DVDs from HP.

    But that is not what I am talking about.

    The HP desktop I purchased this past spring came with a DVD from Microsoft entitled "Windows Anytime Upgrade". This is not a recovery disk or an installation disk. It is a disk that enables you to upgrade from one level of Vista to a higher level of Vista. In your case, you appear to want to go from Vista Home Basic to Vista Home Premium or maybe even Vista Ultimate. You can do that with this disk simply by paying the license fee for the upgrade that you choose.

    Visit the Microsoft upgrade site for additional information on how to order your upgrade (and the upgrade DVD).

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