How to install Vista upgrade without XP on disk

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Aeronaut, May 22, 2008.

  1. Aeronaut

    Aeronaut Guest

    I bought a Vista upgrade pack and formatted the hard disk for a clean
    install. Then the Vista upgrade disk told me it couldn't install because XP
    wasn't there. So I got out my XP disk and tried to reinstall that, but it
    won't install (apparently it's a bug that is known with this computer and
    many others, it needs SP2 to install, but it's a pre-SP2 XP disk). Why do
    Microsoft have to make it so difficult for genuine purchasers of their
    products?! Any idea how I can fix this? I don't need XP any more, I just
    want to install Vista, it should be simple...
     
    Aeronaut, May 22, 2008
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    Curious Guest

    What specific error(s) do you get when you try to install XP on your system
    with your original XP installation disk on your reformatted disk?
     
    Curious, May 22, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    Set the BIOS to boot from CD/DVD Drive, insert XP disk, reboot; install XP
    Then upgrade.

    You can not do a clean install from NOTHING
     
    Mick Murphy, May 23, 2008
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  4. In order to install Windows Vista on a reformatted hard drive,
    you'll need to purchase a "Full Version" of Windows Vista
    and not an "Upgrade Version".

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    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience -
    Windows Vista Enthusiast

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    I bought a Vista upgrade pack and formatted the hard disk for a clean
    install. Then the Vista upgrade disk told me it couldn't install because XP
    wasn't there. So I got out my XP disk and tried to reinstall that, but it
    won't install (apparently it's a bug that is known with this computer and
    many others, it needs SP2 to install, but it's a pre-SP2 XP disk). Why do
    Microsoft have to make it so difficult for genuine purchasers of their
    products?! Any idea how I can fix this? I don't need XP any more, I just
    want to install Vista, it should be simple...
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], May 23, 2008
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    alstein Guest

    Sorry for budding in. I currently am using Windows Vista Ultimat
    (upgrade version) on my desktop. As my hard drive is short of space,
    am planning to upgrade to a larger drive. Is there any way for me t
    install Vista on my new drive? Its not a new computer, so I don't se
    why I should have to buy a new full version of Vista. I've heard abou
    "cloning" the old drive contents to the new, but this is all quite ne
    to me. Thanks
     
    alstein, May 23, 2008
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    JColt Guest

    If you're wishing to have a completely fresh copy of Windows Vista o
    the computer and do not yet have Windows 2000 or XP installed on th
    computer you can do one of the two below recommendations. Both of thes
    options will require that you install an OS twice. We recommend for mos
    users to follow the first workaround recommendation.

    Boot the Windows Vista CD and start the Windows Vista setup.
    When prompted to enter the product key for activation do not enter you
    activation key and click Next.
    You will then get a Install Windows prompt asking if you want to ente
    your product key now. Click No.
    Select the edition of Windows XP you've purchased, check the box "
    have selected the edition of Windows that I purchased" and click Next.
    Once the Setup has been completed and you're in Windows Vista start th
    Windows setup again either by ejecting and entering the CD again or b
    double clicking the CD drive in My computer.
    During the Windows Vista setup when prompted for the activation ke
    this time enter it.
    When prompted to do a Upgrade or Custom install select Custom an
    perform a clean Windows Vista install.
    or

    Delete the partition and reinstall Windows 2000 or Windows XP using th
    2000 / XP CD.
    After 2000 or XP has been installed update the operating systems wit
    all the latest Windows updates
    Then Install Windows Vista Upgrade or do the Custom install and perfor
    a clean Windows Vista install.
    Or if you have Windows 2000 or XP installed on the computer, but wan
    to have a clean install (removing all settings and programs) during th
    Windows Vista install select the option for Custom install during th
    installation
     
    JColt, May 23, 2008
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    SCSIraidGURU Guest

    Boot up your Vista CD. Remove the C: partition. Restart. It wil
    prompt you to install the full OS CD, if you have an upgrade CD for you
    previous OS. You just insert your full OS CD and when prompted switc
    back. It is called security for Microsoft. You can only upgrade a ful
    OS version. You can have issues with OEM full CDs. On some versions o
    Windows you can't upgrade OEM. OEM must stay with the original box.
    You can only upgrade full retail versions. I usually just buy ful
    retail versions of each OS so I can install the previous OS on anothe
    box

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    SCSIraidGUR

    Michael A. McKenne
    'www.SCSIraidGURU.com' (http://www.SCSIraidGURU.com

    Supermicro X7DWA-N server boar
    pair of Intel E5430 quad core 2.66 GHz Xeon
    16GB DDR66
    SAS RAI
    eVGA 8800 GTS 640 MB video card
     
    SCSIraidGURU, May 23, 2008
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    alstein Guest

    Thanks for the information. Would it also be possible to back up the
    entire contents of my old hard drive and then restore it to the new
    drive? Would I then have vista automatically restored as well?
     
    alstein, May 23, 2008
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