Make sure to back up anything you are going to want to have when you go back
to XP. Unless you make a complete backup of XP before you upgrade to Vista,
you will be installing XP in some native version and will at least want to
have data available to reinstall. I would personally recommend you make a
complete backup for two reasons, 1. If the upgrade fails, and some do, you
can restore with no loss and 2, if you decide later to replace Vista, you
can at least start over from the point of conversion and won't have all
those programs and data to reinstall.
"General Mailbox" <nospampls@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> "Mike Hall - MVP" <mikehall@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Thanks to both of you. I didn't mean to confuse by saying about "up do
>> To get the best from Vista, the computer will need at least 128mb
>> dedicated video memory and 2gb RAM.
>> You can go back to XP if Vista does not suit, but what you can't do is
>> run the original XP and the Vista upgrade as either dual boot or on
>> individual machines.
>> Your mother will probably get along with Vista better than most techies.
>> Go for it..
>> Mike Hall - MVP
>> Posting Productively.. http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
>> "General Mailbox" <nospampls@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>>> I am about to upgrade my mothers WinXP Home to Vista Home. IF she
>>> doesn't like it, is she allowed to go back to WinXP?
>>> She is 69 yrs old and wants to keep up with the Jones, but I'm thinking
>>> she'll get lost with learning new things. The reason I'm asking is I
>>> think I recall reading the agreement with Microsoft during my XP install
>>> that says once an upgrade is done, you can't go back. May be I'm
>>> thinking you can't operate both versions (meaning no activation and/or
>>> updates) at the same time. I would like to make it easy for her to have
>>> a dual boot ( one XP and one Vista ). She has a Dell with OEM XP and
>>> upgrade disk to Vista Home. The computer hardware is Vista compatible
>>> per Dell with graphics up to DirectX 9.0c. Mfg in fall 2006. Will there
>>> be a re-activation to XP problem for OEM versions?
> DirectX 9.0c." I presume that's all that the video card would go to as I
> read the DirectX 10 version cards weren't going to come out until March -
> May 2007 and her equipment was made in Fall 2006. Dell sold her the
> upgrade before it came out and sent her the disk when it was released, so
> I presume it's Vista ready but expect it not to work with Aero because of
> the video card. That's all I meant by saying that I expect one limitation.
> Thanks for letting me know that she "could" go back to XP.
> Happy Thanksgiving!