If you need to perform a clean install of Windows Vista you can do so in just a few steps. You can perform a clean install without an existing operating system or one with an existing operating system or install it on a partitioned drive.
You may have an option to “upgrade” your existing operating system to Windows Vista but this method is not recommended as it can create problems with hardware and drivers.
Ensure Your System Is Compatible With Windows Vista
Before you purchase the Windows Vista operating system be sure to check that your system is compatible. You may need more RAM or a larger hard drive or even a faster CPU in order for the installation to go smoothly and allow you to use the operating system as intended. Look on the minimum requirements of the program and compare to your systems capabilities before you begin.
Be sure you back up any data that you may need on your system before installation if you are installing the operating system over an existing one.
. When you place the CD into your CD drive and boot your system it should automatically launch the program. If it does not you will need to change the boot order in your BIOS screen to ensure you have it set to boot to CD first.
. When the CD launches at boot up, click continue to start the process. You will then click “Next” and then “Install Now”
. You will be prompted to get updates for the installation, if you have internet go ahead, otherwise just click “Next”
. Insert your 25 digit product key when prompted and then click “Next”
5. You will have to click “Accept” on the License Agreement screen in order to proceed.
. Now the installation begins, select “Custom Install” for a clean install of Windows Vista and click “Next”
. You will be asked where you want the install to go to, select “C” if you are going to format over an existing operating system or another drive if you are writing it to a partition.
Selecting an existing drive that already has an operating system on it will delete all the files from that drive.
. After formatting the drive the Windows program will begin the install.
Once everything has completed; you will be asked to insert a username and password for your start up screen. Once you have booted up into Windows Vista for the first time you will be prompted to update any device drivers or install any drivers that are missing. You will also be asked to select your date and time zone.