[Okta Webinar] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now


Upgrading from XP Pro (SP3) to Vista Enterprise

Posted on 2009-04-23
Medium Priority
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
  • 2

Accepted Solution

JDominguezNY earned 1000 total points
ID: 24214586
You can use the steps on the following website to create a partition to install Vista from a partition:

Author Comment

ID: 24214675

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

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31573741
Worked great! Thanks!

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Step by step guide to Clean and Sort your windows registry! Introduction: Always remember: A Clean registry = Better performance = Save your invaluable time In this article we're going to clear our registry manually! Yes, manually! The e…
Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you s…
Windows 8 came with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from that interface was a Start button and Start Menu. Microsoft responded to negative user feedback of the Metro interface, bringing back the Start button a…
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…

873 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question