Anytime Upgrade from Vista Home Basic to Home Premium

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Garibaldi, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Garibaldi

    Garibaldi Guest

    When attempting to use Windows Anytime Upgrade (WAU), I get the 'Upgrade is
    disabled' error message, please could somebody tell me why ?. i thought that
    i'd purchased an unused WAU DVD but does this message prove otherwise ? My C:
    drive is NTFS, so that is not the problem. Please help, thanks
    Garibaldi, Oct 30, 2008
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  3. Garibaldi

    Mark H Guest

    Put the DVD in the DVD drive.
    With Vista Home Basic running, double-click the license file.

    Vista upgrade should occur without going through the Upgrade/Clean Install

    You cannot install directly from the DVD.
    (Note: This is how the original WAU worked. Not sure if it still applies to
    the newer version that gets a disc sent to you, but sounds like the same

    Mark H, Oct 31, 2008
  4. Garibaldi

    Garibaldi Guest


    Many thanks, please elaborate which file I should double-click.


    Garibaldi, Oct 31, 2008
  5. Garibaldi

    Mark H Guest

    In either method, the installation DVD is just a regular installation DVD.
    Some original installation DVDs did not have the WAU function on them, so MS
    now sends out a disk with your purchase.

    Older method:
    I'm talking about the older WAU method. I do not know if MS still provides
    this file, but they still support the method I orignially purchased.

    When you purchased the Windows Anytime Upgrade, you should have been given a
    link to a file to download from your Digital Locker.

    A copy of your "License file" is maintained here for future use. (It takes
    four days after your purchase to show up and may be labeled something
    mysterious like: aggiornamento windows vista home premium.)

    The file has the extension: .slupkg-ms
    Look for it on your computer. If not there it can either be run directly
    from the Digital Locker or saved and then run.

    For this file to work, your current installation must already be activated.

    Newer method:
    See the second FAQ question.
    This method seems to indicate MS provides a product key instead of a license
    But, it still appears that you must start the installation from within a
    running session of Windows. You cannot boot from this DVD and perform the
    (Even though a boot is possible.)

    Current installation of Vista must already be activated for this to work.
    (It's based on the Product Key.)

    In either case, you must be upgrading to the same bit level: 32-bit or
    64-bit. If your current OS is 32-bit and the install disk is 64-bit, you
    would also see the problem you are stating. If the install disk is 64-bit,
    it will be stated on the disk.

    Mark H, Oct 31, 2008
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