I have a Lenovo 3000 N100 laptop with Vista Home Premium pre-installed. The Windows Update no longer will update itself, which prevents any further updates to Vista. I spent much time online and in emailing back & forth with MS, who promised to send me a Vista disk. It never arrived (even after I emailed about it) and frankly, I'm about through with Vista. My goal is to install Win 7 RC and use it until the full version is released, then buy it.
After running the Windows Upgrade Advisor (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/upgrade-advisor.aspx
), it says I cannot install Win 7 RC over Vista Home Premium until I have installed at least the SP1. I can't do that because the Windows Update has be updated first. Hello Catch-22!
So my question is, other than restoring this laptop to its factory state, which will wipe out all my apps and customizations, can anyone think of a way to upgrade this to Win 7 RC?
If it helps, Lenovo included a Windows Anytime Upgrade disk with the system, but paying for an upgrade to Vista Ultimate just so I can immediately dump it in favor of a time-limited Win 7 RC seems foolish.
Any help is much appreciated.