How do i upgrade an eval Home Premium to a Retail Ultimate?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by JuzDownUnder, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. JuzDownUnder

    JuzDownUnder Guest

    I've been evaluating Vista as a Home Premium version for the full 120 days,
    and have now bought a retail copy of Ultimate. My HP eval has expired, but I
    can't enter my Ultimate product key, as Vista won't accept it. How can I
    upgrade without having to do a clean install? Surely this is doable? I
    don't wan't to lose all my TV programs and scheduled recordings from Media
    JuzDownUnder, Jun 28, 2007
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    Mac Guest

    What options do you get when you boot from the DVD?
    Mac, Jun 28, 2007
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    AJR Guest

    Regarding "...I've been evaluating Vista as a Home Premium version for the
    full 120 days, and have now bought a retail copy of Ultimate. My HP eval
    has expired...". This is "unusual" - if the HP came with Vista installed it
    would have been "activated' (OEM).
    AJR, Jun 28, 2007
  4. HP furnished an evaluation of Windows Vista Home Premium?
    Are you sure?
    I doubt it is Windows Vista that is an eval from HP.

    Is the eval possibly an Office 2007?
    That is more likely coming from the OEM.

    Have you tried booting to the Vista Ultimate DVD?
    Jupiter Jones [MVP], Jun 28, 2007
  5. JuzDownUnder

    JuzDownUnder Guest

    Ack, I knew saying HP could be an issue...HP = Home Premium, not Hewlett
    Packard!!! This is a Vista forum! :)

    Sorry 'bout that. What i'm trying to say is, I installed Vista onto my
    media centre PC, and put it into "evaluation mode" as a Home Premium
    installation (as is perfectly legal). However, after doing the rearm thing
    for 120 days, i'm now out of eval period. So i've bought a copy of Vista
    Ultimate, however, it's not allowing me to "upgrade" my Home Premium
    evaluation to Vista Ultimate. MS help seems to talk about a "Windows Anytime
    Upgrade" program that you get when you pay for an upgrade from one version to
    another...but I can't see any way to get that to upgrade an evaluation of
    home prem to ultimate.
    JuzDownUnder, Jun 29, 2007
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    JuzDownUnder Guest

    Unfortunately I only get the "Install Clean" option, "Upgrade" is disabled
    because it can't find a copy of XP! Stupid, stupid system....
    JuzDownUnder, Jun 29, 2007
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    Mac Guest

    How did you get the eval version? on DVD?

    Mac, Jun 29, 2007
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    JuzDownUnder Guest

    Any version of Vista can be an "eval". When you install Vista, if you don't
    enter a license key, it goes into eval mode, and asks you what version you
    wish to evaluate. You can choose anything, from Home Basic to Ultimate.

    You can then evaluate Vista for 30 days. After 30 days you can use the
    "rearm" method to extend it for another 30 days. You can keep doing that for
    120 days, before it won't let you go any further. It's a completely legal
    way of checking out Vista before buying it.

    But be warned, as i've just found out, if you choose to evaluate a
    particular version, you can't then buy and use a license key for a different
    version to activate Vista. You'll have to re-install from scratch. Which is
    COMPLETELY FRIGGIN ridiculous...but that pretty much sums up Microsoft's
    strategy no?

    I bit the bullet and rebuilt my Home Premium with Ultimate. What a waste of
    my time.
    JuzDownUnder, Jul 2, 2007
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