entered wrong (cheaper) version of windows and now can't activate.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by rjc, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. rjc

    rjc Guest

    I did a clean install of a windows upgrade. I told it I was using windows
    vista home premium, what I thought I was getting. It turns out it was really
    ultimate, so now when I try to activate it wont let me. Can I change it to
    ultimate without losing everything I've installed so far?
     
    rjc, Apr 26, 2008
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  2. Do you have a product key for Vista Home Premium
    or Vista Ultimate? What exactly do you mean by
    "I told it I was using windows vista home premium"?

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    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience -
    Windows Vista Enthusiast

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    I did a clean install of a windows upgrade. I told it I was using windows
    vista home premium, what I thought I was getting. It turns out it was really
    ultimate, so now when I try to activate it wont let me. Can I change it to
    ultimate without losing everything I've installed so far?
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Apr 26, 2008
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    rjc Guest

    I have a product key for ultimate - the package came in the mail (disks and
    all). I did a trial install - without a product key. There's a screen that
    asks you which product you want to intall - premium, ultimate, etc. I chose
    premium. So I had 30 days to activate. When I typed in the product key to
    activate I got a message that it was the wrong version.
     
    rjc, Apr 27, 2008
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    PaulM Guest

    If you had a key for Ultimate, why would you try Premium??? Did you check
    the key really well? Like an O could be a 0, check it real well.
     
    PaulM, Apr 27, 2008
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  5. You'll need to purchase a "full version" license
    for Windows Vista Home Premium.

    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience -
    Windows Vista Enthusiast

    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    I did a clean install of a windows upgrade. I told it I was using windows
    vista home premium, what I thought I was getting. It turns out it was really
    ultimate, so now when I try to activate it wont let me. Can I change it to
    ultimate without losing everything I've installed so far?
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Apr 27, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    All Vista versions are on the one disk!
    But, you have installed the wrong one.
    Your PK is for Ultimate, not Home Premium.

    If it was me, I'd save my Data, and reinstall the correct version, Ultimate.
     
    Mick Murphy, Apr 27, 2008
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    rjc Guest

    Why would I do that when I've already purchased the ultimate upgrade and had
    xp on the hard drive before the os got corrupted? Surely there's some way to
    change it to ultimate without having to reinstall everything.
     
    rjc, Apr 27, 2008
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  8. No, there is not. That is why you are cautioned to select the exact version
    of Vista you have purchased and that wiping and starting over or purchasing
    the correct version may be necessary when you decline to enter the product
    key during installation.
     
    Richard G. Harper, Apr 27, 2008
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    Curious Guest

    I suggest that you rerun your ultimate upgrade on the installed premium
    version and enter the ultimate key and hopefully it will upgrade premium to
    ultimate without destroying any of your data.
     
    Curious, Apr 27, 2008
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    rjc Guest

    OK, Thanks everyone. Curious, that's what I was going to try but I was
    hoping there was a fail-safe way. After a few hous setting things up I was
    hoping I could avoid having to redo everything. ;)
     
    rjc, Apr 27, 2008
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    Spook 13 Guest

    Good luck. It really bites my backside to think that the vendor/Ms etc.
    could just habe placed a colour codes sticker or something on the disk to
    indicate correct version.
    Cheers
    http://warworld13.myminicity.com
     
    Spook 13, Apr 30, 2008
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    JW Guest

    They all ready do what you suggest.
    Both my 32 bit and my 64 bit Vista Home Premium Upgrade disks are colored
    green and clearly labeled as Vista Home Premium upgrade disks.
     
    JW, May 1, 2008
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