Upgrade to Viasta Ultimte - Fine - Reinstall requires XP reinstall

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by jhoelz, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. jhoelz

    jhoelz Guest

    I purchased Windows Vista Ultimate Upgrade yesterday in loaded it just fine
    on my machine that was running a validated version of XP Pro using a clean
    install. Everything went fine as I poked and tweaked with some of my other
    software installs. After loading all of my stuff, even that I did not want
    just for testing purposes I decided to do another clean install of the OS to
    wipe out any of the junk I did not want.

    I installed the DVD, fired up the machine and booted from the DVD. Went
    through the installation process, a clean install, entered the key and
    formated my drive. THats all the farther you can go, I get the "To use the
    product key you entered, start the installation on a computer that is running
    a genuine version of Windows".

    So no I need to reinstall XP Pro, do the updates to get the WGA installed
    and then re-install Vista.

    If this is right this is total garbage, everytime I want to do a clean
    install I need to install the previous OS first? As someone who works in the
    tech industry I iften need to install other 3rd party software for testing
    and review. In the past when it bunged up my machine I would just do a clean
    install, insert my previous verison of windows and go on my way.
    jhoelz, Jan 31, 2007
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  2. Once you have it installed, create a backup and restore from backup. I use
    a program called acronis v10 and it works great with vista.

    Jeffrey S. Sparks, Jan 31, 2007
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  3. jhoelz

    Paul-B Guest

    And a gvery good reason why anyone using an upgrade should image his
    old partition first. A couple of clicks and 20 minutes or less later
    you'll have your old partition back exactly as it was.
    Paul-B, Jan 31, 2007
  4. This is how the upgrade version for Vista works. What I recommend is to use
    the Complete PC Backup included with Vista Ultimate to create an image of
    your install once you have it done and activated. This will allow you to
    quickly restore that image, saving the steps of need to install and validate
    XP first before installing the Vista upgrade.

    for more information on Complete PC Backup.
    Tom Porterfield, Jan 31, 2007
  5. You cannot use an upgrade edition to flatten the system and start all over.
    You need XP to be installed and activated before running Vista Setup. You
    do not need updates after SP2. Only a full edition of Vista can install
    Vista the way you are trying to do. Vista does not verigy XP via a shiny
    media chedk. Sorry.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jan 31, 2007
  6. Colin, have you seen this -
    Tom Porterfield, Jan 31, 2007
  7. jhoelz

    jhoelz Guest

    Thanks for the suggestions.

    The thing is, I don't want it back the way it was. In every previous MS OS
    you could upgrade with the previous version CD. I understand why they are
    doing this and reguiring a validated version, but there needs to be another
    way. Once you wipe out the "validated" install you can't "upgrade"

    Well, I'm on my way to re-instrall XP Pro, validate and then reinstall Vista.
    jhoelz, Jan 31, 2007
  8. Yes. But another poster commented on an activation issue and I will not
    have an upgrade edition pk until tommorow to test against. I have a some
    virtual machines set up for all sorts of upgrade edition scenarios.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jan 31, 2007
  9. Great, it will be interesting to see how well, if at all, this procedure
    Tom Porterfield, Jan 31, 2007
  10. Collin,

    Con you please let us know the results of your test.

    It will be some time before I have an upgrade version. I do mostly new
    systems now.



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    Richard Urban, Jan 31, 2007
  11. jhoelz

    Conor Guest

    And you're just another fucking idiot who didn't read anything that's
    been posted in the last few months about this. IT IS NOTHING NEW. IT

    If you're working in the IT industry as a tester, no wonder so much is
    being outsourced to India.
    Conor, Jan 31, 2007
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