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Using "Vista Ultimate" upgrade CD for Clean Install?


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#1 lvl477

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Posted 04 April 2009 - 04:48 AM

I purchased a Dell Studio laptop (1737) with Vista Home Premium SP1 (x64) preloaded. I upgraded to Vista Ultimate (PRODUCT) RED SP1 (x64) - don't ask me why - and, since new computers don't come with OS CD's anymore. . .I was wondering if I could use my 'Ultimate' disk to perform a clean install (I have tried - a little - and can't seem to find any "link" (button?) other than "Install")


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(Moderator edit and note: post moved to more appropriate forum. jgw)

Edited by jgweed, 04 April 2009 - 08:39 AM.


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Posted 05 April 2009 - 10:38 AM

The way I understand it is you have to start all over or you will have activation problems

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937769/en-us

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937150/en-us

http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/e...b981033.mspx#EM
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 03:55 PM

I figured as much. . .


So, what I've done (for better or worse) is formatted my C: (OS) partition and, just for laughs, my D: (RECOVERY) partition effectively removing. . .well, everything on my hard-drive except the mysterious X: (BOOT)

I gathered all of my fancy Dell brand recovery and reinstall CD's that came with the machine and grabbed my retail copy of Vista Ultimate (RED) which I used to upgrade from Home Premium SP1 (OEM) Here's my problem (most likely self-inflicted):

IF: I attempt to install windows using the Ultimate CD, everything's fine until I go to choose which partition I'd like to install on. A message at the bottom of the box says that since I used this product code, I must install vista on a machine that is currently running windows. I can choosea partition but, the "NEXT" button is grayed out.

IF: I attempt to install windows using the Dell Recovery CD, I put in my product key (Serously, Dell? Underneath the battery. . .) click next and shortly after, I'm prompted to insert "Install Disk 1" - None of these disks are numbered so, I used the one that said it contained the Operating System. I then inserted EVERY disk that came with my computer and recieved the same error everytime. THEN, in frustration, I tried my NeoSmart Recovery CD. . .it began to spin up and then I recieved an error stating that file install.wim? (could be wrong about extension) couldn't be read.

At this point, I gave up. Any ideas on what to do now?


Dell Studio 1737 320Gig HDD / 4Gig RAM
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Posted 08 April 2009 - 07:27 PM

You have a original retail Vista DVD?
Start over from scratch
Download Killdisk free version
http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm
Do a single pass low-level format and wipe the drive and all partitions clean
Their instruction on how to burn an ISO and how to use the program are pretty straight forward
http://www.killdisk.com/screenshots.htm
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Posted 09 April 2009 - 01:26 AM

theres a way to do it, but Im not sure its totally legal, and Im not sure I know how to do it specifically anyway, it would be best to get the full version anyway.

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Posted 09 April 2009 - 01:36 AM

I don't have the Original Home Premium disk - that came preloaded. I have a Microsoft Ultimate (RED) disk which I purchased and used to upgrade.

I've already wiped my hard drive partitions. The problem comes during the install.




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