fresh reinstall from upgrade

July 6, 2009 at 13:09:05
Specs: Vista Home Premium, Intel Dual Core 3Gb
Does anyone here know what the official,
microsoft approved, way is to to a full format
and reinstall of vista for people who upgraded
from xp? Are you supposed to install xp first
then run the vista upgrade?

I know its possible to do a full install using just
the upgrade disc but was wondering what you
would need to do if you were following the Microsoft rule book.

I'm thinking of upgrading to 7 when its released
and suspect that Microsoft will have closed the
loophole that allows you to do a full install from
the upgrade disc

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July 6, 2009 at 17:59:20
As for W7, you do a clean install over xp, vista can allow you to do either upgrade or clean install.

There is no loophole that I know of.

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July 6, 2009 at 19:38:14
While it is speculative to imply that M$ is officially suggesting everyone perform a clean install of Vista using the Vista Upgrade DVD, what is not debatable is that they did somewhat passively acknowledge the workaround. However, the M$ recommended way to go from XP to a full installation of Vista is through the purchase of a full retail version of the OS.

The workaround implied above, nonetheless, can be accomplished by following the steps below:

-- Boot with the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD.

-- Hit "Install Now."

-- Don't enter a Product Key at the prompt.

-- Select the applicable Vista version you're installing.

-- Follow the Install process normally.

-- Once completed, rerun Setup, this time from within Windows Vista & perform an in-place upgrade.

-- This time, enter your Product Key at the prompt & continue with the install process.

-- When this second install is done, you would need to activate your copy of Windows Vista within 30 days.

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July 7, 2009 at 05:11:47
It will be interesting to see if the instructions sabertooth gives above will work on the windows 7 upgrade. If they do, then this knowledge could save people quite a lot of money.

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July 7, 2009 at 18:15:52
Not really...

The people who would typically find these kinds of information handy already know about it, it's not really top secret, you know. And its awareness wouldn't stop those that usually pay retail from acquiring full retail copies of the OS for personal use.

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