|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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