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How To Get the Windows Vista Download


A Windows Vista download is used to update your computer to the Vista operating system. Windows Vista is the update that came after Windows XP. If you are currently running XP on your computer, you should be able to get a Windows Vista download without a problem. Windows Vista does have some advantages over continuing to use XP. Vista has improved graphics quality, parental control updates, new software, a photo gallery, and extra security options that you can choose to turn on or off.

Step 1

Start by checking to see if you computer can run the Windows Vista download. In most cases, if your computer is currently running Windows XP, you should be able to run the Vista download with no errors. If you are running an operating system older than XP, a Windows Vista download may not work for you. You can view the Microsoft website for more information about the Windows Vista download, including all of the great features and what your computer must need in order for it to run properly. Because there are newer computer updates after Windows Vista, Microsoft is no longer selling the Vista download from there website. However, there are other places where you can find the download.

Step 2

Check your local electronic retail stores for Windows Vista download software. Sometimes, companies do not sell out of the software before another update is released. They may continue to sell the older software until it is sold out. Contact stores near you to see if they have any Windows Vista download software in stock or if they are able to order it for you.

Step 3

Purchase your copy of a Windows Vista download from online retailers. Sites such as Amazon and eBay still sell copies of Windows Vista. The only legal way to get a Windows Vista download is to purchase a copy of it. You will need the product key or serial number that your software comes with during installation, so be sure that everything comes with your software when purchasing it. eBay is a great place to buy discounted software, however, you will need to make sure that the software is not pirated and does come with a working product key for you to make your Windows Vista an official download.

Step 4

You can also get a Windows Vista download by torrenting it online. This is only an ideal option if you already have Windows Vista and a product key that you purchased, but lost your installation CD. Perhaps you need to re-install your Windows Vista operating system. Downloading a copy of it online and then burning it to a CD should work as long as you have your product key for proof that you did indeed buy the product.

Step 5

Once you are the proud owner of Windows Vista download software, you can begin to install the new update to your computer. This process can take a little bit of time to complete. Follow the on-screen, step by step instructions to complete your download and enjoy your new Windows update.


Start your Windows Vista download when you have plenty of time to wait for it to complete. While the download is in progress, you will not be able to use your computer.

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By Colleen Ross, published at 02/23/2012
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