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Vista Upgrade

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#1 SpaceShipOne


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Posted 30 August 2009 - 06:39 PM

I might need to upgrade to Vista Ultimate in the near future (something about compatibility with programs at my college??), but it would really be a pain since I would have to install all my programs again. It would not normally be a problem except that I'm not exactly close to home, and don't want to have to get all the disks sent to me. Is it possible to upgrade Vista Home Premium to Vista Ultimate without doing a clean install? Would I also need a special disk, or would a normal installation disk work?
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#2 Romeo29


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Posted 31 August 2009 - 12:47 PM

Insert your Vista DVD in your DVD drive. Vista setup would start running, choose Install now.
Click next till you reach on screen to choose Vista editions. Choose Vista Ultimate from the options.
When you reach a point when it says ,"Which type of installation do you want?", choose Upgrade. Then click Next and follow onscreen directions.

Note : If you get a message that Upgrade has bee disabled, then you are out of luck. Your Vista DVD is not for upgrade.

Would I also need a special disk, or would a normal installation disk work?

It depends if you have full Vista install DVD which has all flavors of Vista (Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business etc) all you need is a different license key. You can upgrade from this kind of DVD. I have seen some DVDs have only a particular edition like Ultimate or Home. They cannot be used.

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