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No More Clean Installs Using Upgrade Discs With Windows Vista


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#1 Mr Alpha

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Posted 29 January 2007 - 12:39 PM

Microsoft adjusts its policy for user with Vista upgrade CDs

When it comes to the Windows Vista, Microsoft is changing a long-standing tradition when it comes to upgrading from a previous version of Windows. No longer will popping in a disc of a previous version of Windows during setup satisfy the people in Redmond when using an upgrade CD.

No More Clean Installs Using Upgrade Discs With Windows Vista
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Posted 31 January 2007 - 09:59 AM

Paul Thurrott has a workaround:

UPDATE: I haven't tested this yet, as I don't have Vista Upgrade media to test, but I'm told that Microsoft's internal documentation does explain how to clean install Vista using an Upgrade version. It appears to be more of a workaround than a true clean install, however. Here's what it says.

1. Boot with the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD.

2. Click "Install Now."

3. Do not enter a Product Key When prompted.

4. When prompted, select the Vista product edition that you do have.

6. Install Vista normally.

7. Once the install is complete, restart the DVD-based Setup from within Windows Vista. Perform an in-place upgrade.

8. Enter your Product Key when prompted.


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Posted 31 January 2007 - 10:55 AM

Once agin M$ demonstrates its belief in its motto:

"The customer is always a potential thief; treat them as such"

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Posted 31 January 2007 - 11:58 AM

Doesn't this mean that if you want to re-install Vista, then you will have to FIRST re-install the prior Windows version and THEN the Vista upgrade?
Seems to be a show-stopper for purchasing the upgrade instead of the full release. Certainly not user-friendly, but certainly MS-coffer friendly.
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Posted 31 January 2007 - 07:02 PM

Agreed....but with the new work around (i pinned it to this forum) you can save 100 dollars by doing the trial trick described by thurott

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Posted 01 February 2007 - 03:08 AM

I was able to get around this problem by upgrading, in a sense, from XP 32-bit to 64-bit. The 64-bit disc cannot be read in Windows XP and thus you have to boot to it meaning you can wipe out your HD and do a clean install. This is required anyway if your going from XP to any 64-bit version. Keep in mind that not all computers can run a 64 bit OS. I haven't had any problems with mine except for my sound card. For whatever reason, Creative won't be releasing an official non-beta driver for Vista, both 32 and 64 bit, until March. The beta driver runs ok, but there is some sound distortion if you listen closely.

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