Upgrading from XP Pro (SP3) to Vista Enterprise

Posted on 2009-04-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-06

I have to upgrade my laptop to Vista for many reasons beyond the scope of this question so I wont get into that. My problem is that my laptop's built-in DVD drive does not work. I did however purchase an external Samsung DVD-Writer and that works fine, but I cannot get my klaptop to boot from it. Yes, I did try changing boot order settings in the CMOS setup but the option for "Boot from USB DVD" does not exist. There is an option to boot from usb flash drive, but I have not tested that as yet since I dont know how to make a flash drive bootable?

My question is thus, how do I go about upgrading to Vista. Will in-line upgrading work (I would really prefer to do a clean install for obvious reasons) and how do I go about the problem that I cannot boot from the Vista DVD? Even with an in-line upgrade, will a reboot with the DVD not be required?


Danie Spreeth
Question by:DanieSpreeth
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    You can use the steps on the following website to create a partition to install Vista from a partition:

    Author Comment


    Looks easy enough - I will try and let you know!

    Author Closing Comment

    Worked great! Thanks!

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