UPGRADE QUESTION: Do you have to have a version of Windows installed in order to install the Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by JMI, Feb 11, 2007.

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    JMI Guest

    Do you have to have a version of Windows installed on you PC in order to
    install the Vista upgrade? I recall with Windows XP's upgrade install all
    you had to do was insert the install disc from a previous version during
    it's install (Windows 98, ME, 2000). That was enough to supply proof that
    you owned a previous version of Windows.

    Has that changed with Vista?

    Thanks,

    Jeff
     
    JMI, Feb 11, 2007
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    JimR Guest

    With Vista the operating system you are upgrading from must be installed,
    you can't just insert the cd to verify. However there are workarounds that
    can be found online.
     
    JimR, Feb 11, 2007
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    Rock Guest

    Vista does not do a shiny media check, the qualifying OS needs to be
    installed, and for XP it needs to be activated, genuine and for a in place
    upgrade, at the SP2 level. There is a published work around to allow a
    custom install with an upgrade version without having the qualifying OS
    installed. Use it at your own risk. An upgrade version should not be used
    if you don't own a qualifying version.

    See this link for info on upgrade paths:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/buyorupgrade/upgradepaths.mspx
     
    Rock, Feb 11, 2007
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