How to Upgrade Windows Vista Home Basic to Premium


The Windows Vista operating system is offered in multiple versions. Home Basic is the version with the fewest features, but Microsoft offers users the chance to upgrade without having to buy a full version. Home Premium is the name of the upgrade, and according to Microsoft has more multimedia features than Home Basic.

  • Purchase the Windows Vista Basic-to-Premium Upgrade software. You can purchase it from Microsoft at the link available in the "Resources" section of this article or from a computer or electronics store. Be sure to choose "Home Basic-to-Home Premium," because other upgrade versions will not work.

  • Insert the Vista upgrade CD into the computer's CD-Rom drive and wait for the setup screen to appear.

  • Choose the first option to install the upgrade over the existing version of Vista. This option states that your files and documents remain and you can install the upgrade without reformatting.

  • Enter the product key if prompted, which is located on a sticker inside the Vista upgrade CD packaging. Confirm that the registration information such as name matches your existing Vista information.

  • Restart the computer when prompted. Click on the "Activate Windows" prompt that appears within 30 days of installing the upgrade.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not choose the "Clean Install" or "Full Install" option as this will require you to reformat your computer, which will erase all of your data.

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