activation failure, specific question re: activation work-around

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Jim103144, Sep 19, 2007.

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    Jim103144 Guest

    In april when I was struggling, an Elevated MS tech who suggested I reformat
    my hard drive described the "In Place" clean install using my purchased Vista
    Ultimate Upgrade Dvd. I forgot. Just Read Paul Randall's description. But
    here's the thing: I'm half way through, didn't do Part II, the
    install/upgrade from Vista itself yet. So in the intervening 7 days of my
    temp. activation, I already installed a zillion programs on my new hard
    drive, on my original vista machine, spending much time and effort, having to
    call software people for new unlock codes etc.

    I should know this but don't : Will the new inplace upgrade that I do, if I
    go this route, wipe out the installations of these programs? Wil the programs
    themselves remain on the Vista drive (after I "upgrade" it), and if they
    remain, will they function without needing reinstallation?? The history
    behind this is in a previous post...
    Jim
     
    Jim103144, Sep 19, 2007
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    f/fgeorge Guest

    The answer is...it should work without having to re-install all those
    apps, but it may not.
     
    f/fgeorge, Sep 19, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi Jim,

    Usually, an inplace upgrade preserves existing installed programs.
     
    Rick Rogers, Sep 19, 2007
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    Jim103144 Guest

    Dear Rick, and all:
    ..Here's a bizarre corollary puzzle. Alarming. In one of the recent related
    threads one of you expert folk suggested to someone that they experiment with
    Belarc Advisor. Well, I did in the middle of the night, and it produces a ton
    of information about my computer... But my purpose was to confirm for myself
    my Vista CD Key. But the CD key it lists for my Vista is NOT the one on my
    Vista box-thing!!!! Because I'm in the "clean install" phase, does the
    computer somehow generate a CD key that is different? Also, it shows under
    software Licenses a separate heading for Microsoft VSTA , spelled without the
    I, listing a series of digits as a Key, but none of the alphabetic things
    that represent Keys as I'm familar with them. Does that refer to my original
    Vista install, which now is on (Lord help me!) Drive H.. or, maybe refer to
    the folder that either windows or seagate created and labelled Windows.Old
    and which contains 4 directories USERS, PROGRAM FILES, PROGRAMDATA, &
    WINDOWS. Or perhaps the directory (which contains most of the drive H: stuff)
    on my new C: Don't know now whether the Segate utility created that , or the
    Vista install did. But, why the mysterious unknown CD KEY listed by Belarc
    under Microsoft Vista.? I did have a kid help me with the installation back
    in March....and he did have his own vista....but, no.... It was my own disk
    that I used for the clean install to the new drive. It's all over my head.
    But, this, the Key thing, makes me nervous about the next step, in which I
    use my (store bought, at ? 259.00) Ultimate DVD to 'Upgrade" my clean
    install, that seems to have a mystery Key.....
    ..Here's a bizarre corollary puzzle. Alarming. In one of the recent related
    threads one of you expert folk suggested to someone that they experiment with
    Belarc Advisor. Well, I did in the middle of the night, and it produces a ton
    of information about my computer... But my purpose was to confirm for myself
    my Vista CD Key. But the CD key it lists for my Vista is NOT the one on my
    Vista box-thing!!!! Because I'm in the "clean install" phase, does the
    computer somehow generate a CD key that is different? Also, it shows under
    software Licenses a separate heading for Microsoft VSTA , spelled without the
    I, listing a series of digits as a Key, but none of the alphabetic things
    that represent Keys as I'm familar with them. Does that refer to my original
    Vista install, which now is on (Lord help me!) Drive H.. or, maybe refer to
    the folder that either windows or seagate created and labelled Windows.Old
    and which contains 4 directories USERS, PROGRAM FILES, PROGRAMDATA, &
    WINDOWS. Or perhaps the directory (which contains most of the drive H: stuff)
    on my new C: Don't know now whether the Segate utility created that , or the
    Vista install did. But, why the mysterious unknown CD KEY listed by Belarc
    under Microsoft Vista.? I did have a kid help me with the installation back
    in March....and he did have his own vista....but, no.... It was my own disk
    that I used for the clean install to the new drive. It's all over my head.
    But, this, the Key thing, makes me nervous about the next step, in which I
    use my (store bought, at ? 259.00) Ultimate DVD to 'Upgrade" my clean
    install, that seems to have generated a mystery Key.....

    Yike!!

    Jim
     
    Jim103144, Sep 19, 2007
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    Mark Guest

    Once you complete the upgrade, your key will be replaced by the upgrade key.
    Should you ever need to reinstall, you will use your original key to install
    the original product.

    The disk doesn't matter. They all have all versions. It's the key that
    counts.
     
    Mark, Sep 19, 2007
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    Paul Randall Guest

    Hi, Jim
    It all depends. In a perfect world, the inplace upgrade would work just as
    you want it to. There are many things that might screw it up. A Vista
    compatible driver might not really be fully compatible. One or more of the
    zillion programs you have installed may not really be fully compatible.
    Because of these uncertainties, I would suggest that you organize and back
    up on CD/DVD the zillion program install packages and other info (like phone
    numbers for software people for new unlock codes etc, and notes on which
    packages need to be installed in compatibility mode) to make it easier to
    recover if things go bad.

    Be sure to report on how smoothly the upgrade goes.

    -Paul Randall
     
    Paul Randall, Sep 19, 2007
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