- Run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor and see the system requirements
- Compare the editions
- Know your options for upgrading
- Get Windows Vista
Buying a new PC
- Compare the editions of Windows Vista
- Check out hot new PCs
- Move to your new PC with Windows Easy Transfer
- Check out special offers
Get hardware and software that works with Windows Vista
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- Easily find hardware that works with Windows Vista
- Check out special offers
- See how our partners add "wow"
Get Windows Vista
Moving to Windows Vista just got easier. Whether you plan to purchase a new PC or upgrade
the one that you currently own, we've got the information you need to make it a smooth transition.
Thinking about upgrading? Run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor
Is your Windows XP-based PC ready for Windows Vista? Download and run the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor to find out.
Compare the editions of Windows Vista This handy table compares the features in each edition side by side to help you choose the edition that’s right for you Know your options for upgrading. From buying a new PC to upgrading your current one, understand all of your options for moving to Windows Vista.
Recommended system requirements See the recommended and minimum system requirements to run Windows Vista.
Ready to upgrade?
Easily find hardware that works with Windows Vista From printers to components, from digital cameras to monitors, from mobile to input devices, explore the wealth of hardware that works with Windows Vista.
Ready to buy? Start here. Find partner products and special offers for the Windows Vista-related hardware and software you need. Or, explore the Windows Vista area on Windows Marketplace.
NOTICE: Windows Vista beta expiration informationThe pre-release versions of Windows Vista—Windows Vista Beta 2, RC1, and RC2—expired on May 31, 2007. If you are running one of these versions, learn how to update your PC.
Ready to buy? Start hereFind partner products and special offers for the Windows Vista-related hardware and software you need. Or, explore the Windows Vista area on Windows Marketplace.
Hot new Windows Vista-ready PCsReady for a new PC so you can take advantage of what Windows Vista has to offer? Take a look at some of the newest models debuting with Windows Vista in our photo gallery and in our full-motion video gallery.
Find hardware that works with Windows VistaAre you looking to add a new printer, monitor, digital camera, or other devices to your Windows Vista experience? Here's a quick and easy way to find what you're looking for.
Find a local PC builderBuy a qualifying PC from a local PC builder and get a free bonus pack that includes a travel router, print server, photo printer, and more.
Windows Easy Transfer
Windows Easy Transfer helps you to easily move the files and settings stored on your current PC running Windows 2000, Windows XP, or even Windows Vista to your new Windows Vista based-PC.
Windows Vista Capable and Premium Ready PCs
Windows XP based-PCs that carry the Windows Vista Capable or Premium Ready PC designation can be upgraded to run one of the editions of Windows Vista.
Additional licensesIf you already have a new PC with Windows Vista, there's an easy way to get licenses for up to five additional PCs that you own.
Explore this cost-effective way to get Windows Vista for your business.
Genuine Windows Vista
A genuine copy of Windows Vista is backed by Microsoft and delivers the confidence, performance, and experience that you expect from Windows. In your home or small business, using a genuine copy of Windows Vista is the right choice.
How to Validate Your Copy of Windows Vista Learn about the benefits of Genuine Windows Vista, then follow the step-by-step tutorial when you're ready to validate your copy of the new operating system.
Why activate Windows Vista? Activation is an anti-piracy technology that ensures your product key is not being misused. The activation process is part of setting up Windows Vista. See how it works and why it’s important for you to complete activation.
Some product features are only available in certain editions of Windows Vista and may require
advanced or additional hardware.