Updating from Home Premium to Ultimate and moving Home Premium

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by mor10, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. mor10

    mor10 Guest

    I have a computer that runs Home Premium and another one that runs XP. The
    Home Premium came as a OEM disc with the new system. Now I want to upgrade
    the Home Premium computer to Vista Ultimate and move the Home Premium to the
    XP computer. I have a new (non OEM) version of Vista Ultimate on a separate

    The Question:

    How do I update the Home Premium computer to Ultimate without losing what's
    already on it? And after doing so, can I install the Home Premium package on
    another computer or do I have to do something to move the license to the
    other computer like you do with Adobe software?

    I have two licenses - just need to swap them without losing all my data and

    mor10, Nov 17, 2007
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  2. mor10

    Rick Rogers Guest


    To start with, and OEM license is not transferable. It is only valid for the
    hardware it is first activated on. In the case of a preinstalled OEM
    version, this means that the license to use Vista is permanently tied to the
    computer it comes with.

    So, to your situation:

    a) You cannot use the OEM Home Premium on a different machine than it came

    b) You can upgrade the Home Premium to Ultimate using a retail full version
    or upgrade and it should preserve user accounts, data, programs, and

    c) For the XP system, you'll need a separate upgrade license.
    Rick Rogers, Nov 17, 2007
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  3. mor10

    mor10 Guest

    ummm... the computer that came with the OEM disc was custom built and came
    preinstalled with absolutely nothing. I installed Vista myself on the blank
    system. are you saying the program somehow notifies Microsoft of the stats of
    the system AFTER it is installed and that way ties the OS to that computer?
    In that case, what happens when I rip out the motherboard or switch
    processors or something like that? I'm sorry but it doesn't really make sense

    mor10, Nov 17, 2007
  4. mor10

    Rick Rogers Guest


    An OEM version is permanently tied to the first system it is activated on
    and is not transferable to a different system. This is a well-established
    limitation of the OEM license, and one reason why it is cheaper than a
    retail version. While you can make some upgrades or replacements to the
    system, major changes are not allowed, nor can you remove it from the system
    entirely and then install and activate it on another system. An OEM license
    lives and dies on the system it is first activated on.
    Rick Rogers, Nov 17, 2007
  5. mor10

    StephenB Guest

    Are you sure that the Home Premium disc is OEM? Did you purchase it from a
    system builder? Since you installed Home Premium to the custom built PC, I
    suppose you could install it to the other computer, but you may need to call for
    Rick is correct. An OEM install of Windows is tied to the PC as it is only meant
    to be supplied with the PC by the system builder. It is therefore not
    transferable. Assuming that you bought the OEM copy of Vista and had the PC
    built for you (or built it yourself) as long as that copy of Vista only exists
    on a single PC, you will be okay - assuming that it can be activated on the
    other PC.
    StephenB, Nov 18, 2007
  6. mor10

    mor10 Guest

    The Home Premium disc is definitely OEM - it came with a white paper wrapping
    that states "OEM System Builder Pack".

    Sounds like I have to reevaluate my plan and install the Ultimate package on
    my other computer instead. That leads to one final question.

    The computer I would install it on (which currently runs XP) will be
    replaced with a new one within 6 months and I'd want to transfer Ultimate to
    the new one. The Ultimate disc is not OEM but a full version. Based on what
    you guys are saying I'm assuming I won't have the same transfer problem with
    the Ultimate disc, correct? I can just install it on a new PC as long as I
    remove it from the old one?
    mor10, Nov 18, 2007
  7. mor10

    Rick Rogers Guest


    If it is a retail version of Ultimate, you can move it from one system to a
    new one as you see fit. This is one benefit of retail over OEM. Activation
    will merely require a phone call.
    Rick Rogers, Nov 18, 2007
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