Use a regular OS installation disc as upgrade

Dell Dimension 8300 desktop
June 30, 2011 at 07:33:30
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Intel Pentium 4 @ 3.20GHz, 4 Gigabytes RAM
I was wondering, if you bought a re-installation disc of an OS (not an upgrade disc), would you still be able to upgrade and keep all of your settings and programs with a full disc? Just wondering.

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#1
June 30, 2011 at 11:59:02
Are we supposed to guess at which OS you're asking about?

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#2
June 30, 2011 at 12:04:40
Okay, so I have XP Home and I am going to upgrade to Vista (don't you dare ask why mickliq), and on Ebay (don't ask why I am buying from there either) buying a full OS install disc is cheaper than buying an upgrade disc, so can I upgrade from XP to Vista with a full install disc?

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#3
June 30, 2011 at 12:26:41
I don't know why you would want Vista now that Win7 is available, nor do I know why you would pay for it when you can get it for free (if you know where to look), but the best method would be to wipe the drive & install Vista from scratch.

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#4
June 30, 2011 at 12:36:53
"I don't know why you would want Vista now that Win7 is available"

Ehem about the comments... but the thing is that I want to keep my programs and settings, that is the whole point that I want to upgrade and not spend a whole day installing everything again, THAT IS WHY I ASKED THIS QUESTION!!!

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#5
June 30, 2011 at 13:40:44
Learn how to use Google. Over 90% of the simplistic questions you've asked since becoming a member (including this one) would be answered if you'd just take the time to do some research.

I'll give you a hint though - boot into XP, then put the Vista DVD in the drive & see what happens.


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#6
June 30, 2011 at 14:25:33
I put in the DVD just in time to see that mickliq replied, and told me to put it in the drive, not the DVD Drive, but I don't have a drive on my computer. (Hint: There is no shifter either. :)

PS: Bing is better!

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#7
June 30, 2011 at 15:14:47
"Bing is better!"

I don't care if it's Bing, Google, Dogpile, Yahoo, etc. Just pick one & use it!


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#8
June 30, 2011 at 15:20:32
You know, I think I knew the answer since post #4, on my own. Perhaps this is turning into a random conversation? You know that is supposed to be in the Lounge, mickliq.

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