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#1 xXAlphaXx

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 08:21 PM

I've heard with a Windows Vista Ultimate disk you can install any version of windows Vista youd like (EG. Home Permium) IS this true?
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Posted 29 January 2009 - 09:25 PM

As far as I know, each edition requires it's own key that is specific to whichever edition you want to install. So if you have a key for Ultimate, then all you can do is install it as Ultimate. IF you have Ultimate, why would you want to install it as a lesser version anyway?

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Posted 29 January 2009 - 10:51 PM

I bought a laptop and don't have a vista disk for it and I was offered a Vista Ultimate disk. (No key)

All I have is a Home Premium Key.
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Posted 30 January 2009 - 08:50 AM

Depending on what sort of install disk you have, it may or may not present you with the option to choose your version. If it doesn't offer you a choice, then it isn't going to work.

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 04:30 PM

Just to add to this, with a Gateway Home Premium disk you can't install Home Basic (tried it at work today).
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Posted 01 February 2009 - 07:36 AM

I have Vista Ultimate x64 and was not presented with this option.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 07:52 AM

Just to further describe this issue...

If you recall the caveats that we give regarding using XP disks - there's OEM, Retail, Upgrade, etc, and all just for one version of XP
Now, with Vista, they've added the ability to have all versions on one disk - but you still have to meet the other criteria that the disk was designed for.

Additionally, it's easier for manufacturer's to make custom disks, so their systems may require things that aren't built into the retail disks (such as custom SATA drivers). Additionally, they'll be able to mess around with the contents of the DVD so you may not be able to get the different versions.

Most often it's the retail DVD that they're referring to - and you don't get to choose the edition (so it's not obvious to you) - but rather entering the product key will determine the version that's installed.
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