Upgrade to Vista Business from Vista Home Basic

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by cacruiser, Feb 25, 2008.

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    cacruiser Guest

    I have a new Toshiba laptop with Vista Home Basic pre-installed. I want to
    upgrade to Vista Business. The system easily meets the min specs. Will I
    have to track down drivers for this change or should Business have enough
    included? I understand that at the least I will have to do a Clean Install.
    Has anyone done this type of change?
    cacruiser, Feb 25, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    Basic Home and Home Premium are not an upgrade path to Business.
    You back up your data, delete the existing vista partition, format, and do a
    compleate clean install

    Before you do this, make sure that your laptop has at least 1Gig of RAM, and
    128MBs of Graphics, and that is the bare minimum!

    What are your system specs?
    You don't get high-end hardware specs with Vista Basic.
    Mick Murphy, Feb 26, 2008
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    cacruiser Guest


    Your response is great. I was pretty sure that was what was needed. The
    specs on the laptop are:Operating System C1 2
    Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic (32-bit version)
    Processor and Chipset3
    Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core processor T2330
    1.60GHz, 1 MB L2, 533MHz FSB
    Mobile Intel® GL960 Express Chipset
    Configured with 1024MB PC5300 DDR2 SDRAM (both memory slots may be
    occupied). Maximum capacity 2048MB
    Hard Disk Drive5
    120GB (5400 RPM); Serial ATA hard disk drive
    Fixed Optical Disk Drive6
    DVD SuperMulti (+/-R double layer) drive supporting 11 formats
    Maximum speed and compatibility: CD-ROM (24x), CD-R (24x), CD-RW (16x),
    DVD-ROM (8x), DVD-R (Single Layer, (8x)), DVD-R (Double Layer, (4x)), DVD-RW
    (6x), DVD+R (Single Layer, (8x)), DVD+R (Double Layer, (4x)), DVD+RW (8x),
    DVD-RAM (5x)
    15.4†diagonal widescreen TruBrite®TFT LCD display at 1280x800 native
    resolution (WXGA)
    Native support for 720p content
    Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with 128MB-251MB dynamically
    allocated shared graphics memory
    NOT a high-end machine, but I am going to add another Gig of RAM before I do
    the clean install.

    Do you know if there will be any SATA drive issues? The windows
    compatibility chart shows that the hard drive "Will work with Vista". Which
    it certainly does with Home Basic.
    cacruiser, Feb 26, 2008
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    Mick Murphy Guest

    You have onboard(or shared) Graphics(not a seperate Graphics Card), which
    means that if you allocate 128-256MBs to graphics, it comes out of your RAM,
    that is out of the 1024MBs that you have now.

    There is room on your MOBO to add another 1024Mbs RAM; so, for the above
    reasons, definitely add it!

    As you are installing you will be asked for SATA drivers; they should be on
    your MOBO drivers disk, if you got one from Toshiba, or at toshiba site..
    Mick Murphy, Feb 26, 2008
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    silversolver Guest

    Believe it or not, I actually figured out a way to do this without
    clean install. It is possible, just not the obvious way. Microsoft want
    to sell Ultimate Edition upgrades, so they made it so that practicall
    the only easy upgrades were to ultimate. You have to fool around wit
    your registry a little first to upgrade to Vista Business. If you don't
    you'll run the installation, and the upgrade option will be disabled
    even from within Windows

    which didn't care whether you upgraded or downgraded with a repai
    installation, Vista requires that you install with the same Service Pac
    on the Disc as the installation being repaired ("upgraded") and will no
    allow you to do it otherwise. This can probably be gotten around wit
    some registry fiddling, too, but I actually wouldn't recommend it unles
    you're a real glutton for punishment. Something will likely break if yo
    try. The Service Packs can be uninstalled if need be, or you can us
    vLite to make a Vista install disc that has the proper Service Pack

    Attached you'll find a .reg file I used to make this happen. It wa
    ripped off of a Dell laptop with Vista Business SP1 on it, and th
    non-mini version includes the SP1 information. The "mini" version is th
    one I'd suggest you use, as I stripped out everything but the part tha
    will change the information about the edition. However, USE THESE A
    YOUR OWN RISK. If these files, which worked for me, mess something u
    for you, that's your problem

    Here's how to upgrade to Vista Business from Vista Home

    1. MAKE A SYSTEM RESTORE POINT. If something goes wrong, you don't wan
    to be unable to undo your changes

    2. You apply the registry mod, and reboot. You won't see a visibl
    change yet. The boot screen will still say home. However, if you look a
    the "System" page in the Control Panel, you'll see that the key has bee
    changed, and you have "3 days left" before activation throws a fit
    Don't bother trying, it won't activate. It's an OEM pre-activated ke
    that only works on the machine it came from. Weirdly, even this pag
    will likely still say "Home" edition. However......

    3. Now when you put the setup disc in, and run Setup from withi
    Windows, Setup will be fooled into thinking that the curren
    installation is Vista Business, and the "Upgrade" option will b
    available! And, I might also mention, assuming there's nothing wron
    with your installation, if you click on "Upgrade," it upgrades! Tha
    allows you to keep your programs, documents, settings, and DRIVERS. I
    will take a few hours, but just let it go......if all goes well, you'l
    end up with a machine that is exactly as it was, but is now runnin
    Vista Business instead of Vista Home

    Please reply if this works for you. I presume most of the people wh
    would try this have moved on to 7 by now, but if you get some use out o
    this info, please let me know! I spent a lot of time banging my hea
    against the wall to figure this out. I hope it helps someone

    |Filename: Vista Business SP1 32bit Registry Hijack.reg
    |Download: http://www.vistax64.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=19441
    silversolver, May 16, 2010
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