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Switch Dell Optiplex 360 from xp to vista

Hi. I have a Dell Optiplex 360 that came loaded with xp and vista. It also came with a windows 7 upgrade dvd.

I opted for xp and it has been running on xp. I need to upgrade to vista for obvious reasons. As mentioned, it is already installed on the computer but I have no clue how to go about switching the computer over from xp to vista. Can someone walk me through this or provide a link to a support article that has step by step instructions.

If possible, including how and what to backup first so I don't loose emails, favorites, docs, etc. that would be great too.


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Same as you backup now.

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Backup is something we do all the time so backup what you don't want to lose to your backups.
Notice that's plural?

OK and make sure it's not proprietary backups. You don't want to re-discover that you can't restore your Windows Backup now. Folk have learned that one over and over.

I've yet to see any tutorial to move from XP to Vista. But if you have Windows 7 and your machine has the drivers, install that instead. Dell should have install instructions if you put in your service tag at (As you are a long time owner, you know that system and I'll pause here.)

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first vista?

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Dell will not help in anyway without my paying them. I don't believe I can go directly to 7 because on the windows 7 cd it says "from vista to 7 upgrade". so, I'm back to figuring out how to get the computer to vista first.

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That was good to share.

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It wasn't obvious from your posts until this one. OK just like before you backup to your backups in ways that are not proprietary or use any "Windows Backup" app.

Then check your docs (use Dell Docs and your service tag) on how to do a factory restore and see if it offers the Vista option. At worse case you'll have to buy a new Windows 7.

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service tag not being recognized

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I have had no luck with dell trying to use my service tag because they keep telling me it is invalid even though I am reading it off of my computer. that is why I sorta have to figure this out on my own.
I do have a vista dvd that came with the computer it says: "already installed on computer. Reinstallation DVD windows vista 32bit sp1"
Two questions:
1 - how do I get it to boot from vista since it is already installed on my computer -or-
2-how do I use the cd to make vista the default operating system?

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That's a shame. Why?

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Because that's how you find the right drivers and how to restore it to Vista. Many folk do not create restore or clone the drive for recovery so this is quickly sounded like it may end up with a lot more work than you expected.

As to the Reinstallation DVD, you can try booting that and see what happens. Dell had dozens of recovery systems so I can't guess which you will use. That's why the service tag is key to this if you don't recall the web page for your machine to get to the right Dell Docs.

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don't know why

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I was on chat tech and giving them my service tag and they kept telling me it wasn't correct.

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I don't use their chat

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I use the dell site and type in the number.

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successful - but new problem transaferring dbx files

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Thanks to all the help I was able to update to first vista and then windows 7. I couldn't go directly to windows 7.

However, I can not get my .dbx outlook files into windows live mail.

When I try by selecting Import Messages - Outlook Express 6 - and then browse to the folder where I stored the .dbx files , I get a message saying they can't find any messages. It almost seems like a problem where I the browsing function won't allow me to get into the folder to then select the messages. It stops at the folder.

anyway, does anyone have any suggestions? thanks

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I don't think that will work.

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Post was last edited on April 2, 2016 10:36 AM PDT

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copy/paste them manually

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into the mail folder, replacing the new ones that were just installed there. Maybe outlook will see them on a reboot. It's so much easier to do in Thunderbird. I can still import, or manually move mail files all the way back to Netscape 2 Messenger into Thunderbird and have them work OK.

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