How to re-install Ultimate without the full or upgrade disk?Microsoft Ultimate Upgrade Digital Locke

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by markharris2000, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. I have a PC which originally in 2006 had XP, then I used Vista
    Business Upgrade disk and License to upgarde to Vista Business last
    year. Worked fine. Then I spent $139 around xmas with Microsoft's
    online Ultimate Upgrade and they sent me the Full all-versions DVD and
    an email with some Digital Locker code. Windows Ultimate Vista is now
    perfectly installed.

    So, Now I want to scrap that old PC and put the Ultimate license on a
    new PC I have which has no operating system on it currently.

    1. I understand I can transfer the license to the new PC by
    uninstalling Vista and formatting the older PC's hard disk, but...

    2. I am not sure how to proceed because I do NOT have a Ultimate
    upgrade disk, just the all-version Vista disk. For that matter I am
    not even sure where my Ultimate license is since Microsoft sent it to
    me in some kind of Digital Locker token. I have the Vista Business
    Upgrade disk and license there too. And I have the original XP disk
    and license.

    I would like to just re-install whatever to get to a Ultimate Vista
    machine using my existing license(s).

    Suggestions on a path to take would be helpful.
     
    markharris2000, Jun 16, 2008
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  2. Without a qualifying Windows operating system installed,
    you cannot use the upgrade version of Windows Vista.
    You'll need to purchase a "Full Version" license for Vista
    if you wish to install it on an empty hard drive.

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

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

    I have a PC which originally in 2006 had XP, then I used Vista
    Business Upgrade disk and License to upgarde to Vista Business last
    year. Worked fine. Then I spent $139 around xmas with Microsoft's
    online Ultimate Upgrade and they sent me the Full all-versions DVD and
    an email with some Digital Locker code. Windows Ultimate Vista is now
    perfectly installed.

    So, Now I want to scrap that old PC and put the Ultimate license on a
    new PC I have which has no operating system on it currently.

    1. I understand I can transfer the license to the new PC by
    uninstalling Vista and formatting the older PC's hard disk, but...

    2. I am not sure how to proceed because I do NOT have a Ultimate
    upgrade disk, just the all-version Vista disk. For that matter I am
    not even sure where my Ultimate license is since Microsoft sent it to
    me in some kind of Digital Locker token. I have the Vista Business
    Upgrade disk and license there too. And I have the original XP disk
    and license.

    I would like to just re-install whatever to get to a Ultimate Vista
    machine using my existing license(s).

    Suggestions on a path to take would be helpful.
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Jun 16, 2008
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  3. I am TRANSFERRING the license(s). I would like to install XP again (I
    have license and Disk), Install VistaBus Upgrade (I have license and
    Disk) and Install Ultimate Upgrade (I have digital locker token).
    What I am asking is if this simple process will work. I plan to wipe
    out the OLDER PC so that the license will be active only on the newer
    PC. (And a phone call to Microsoft will take care of activation I
    assume).

    Any issues here?
     
    markharris2000, Jun 16, 2008
    #3
  4. Now that you clearly defined your plan of action,
    you should not have any issues.

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

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

    I am TRANSFERRING the license(s). I would like to install XP again (I
    have license and Disk), Install VistaBus Upgrade (I have license and
    Disk) and Install Ultimate Upgrade (I have digital locker token).
    What I am asking is if this simple process will work. I plan to wipe
    out the OLDER PC so that the license will be active only on the newer
    PC. (And a phone call to Microsoft will take care of activation I
    assume).

    Any issues here?
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Jun 16, 2008
    #4
  5. markharris2000

    Mark H Guest

    I've done the same thing a few times. It's a major PITA.
    0. Put the small License file from Digital Locker on a USB.
    1. "Clean" install Vista Business without a product key. (You own the
    qualifying XP, so I don't really care how you start the upgrade. If you
    want, install XP first.) When you install, uncheck any boxes that update
    online or activate upon completion.
    2. Install Vista Buisness, with the product key originally purchased. Again,
    bypass online updates. But, you MUST activate for Windows Anytime Upgrade to
    work next.
    3. Now, insert the USB and double-click the license file. This will perform
    the third install of Vista taking you to Ultimate. Again, bypass online
    updates. But, activate. (NOTE: You may have to talk to a rep to activate if
    it has been less than 120 days since this version was last activated.)
    4. Once done, download any driver updates you need from specific
    manufacturers.
    5. Now, get all Vista online updates. You must get them all to successfully
    install up to a point before Service Pack 1 will become available.
    6. When presented, install Service Pack 1.
    7. Delete any Windows.Old directory.
    8. Now... most important:
    Connect an external HDD and make a full backup.
    Next time you want a "clean" install, restore the backup. It takes 20
    minutes, it's already activated and has all updates.

    Finer details of when to remove install DVD, and how to answer various
    prompts have been left out for the three installs required to restore Vista
    Ultimate.
     
    Mark H, Jun 17, 2008
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