Upgrade Vista Home Premium to Vista Business using FULL Business C

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by planetearth, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. planetearth

    planetearth Guest

    My friend got an excellent deal on the FULL Vista Business CD when CompUSA
    was going out of sale. Since then, he bought a new Dell laptop with Vista
    Home Premium on it, and just wants to *upgrade* to Vista Business.
    He does NOT want to wipe Home Premium to replace it with Business, since the
    laptop has all the drivers and MS Works (which he wants to upgrade to Office
    Standard 2007 using the "upgrade" version).
    Can he use the full version of Vista Business to just upgrade Vista Home
    premium? As I recall, this wasn't always an option with older versions of
    Windows: if you had the "full" version on CD, you couldn't upgrade from it;
    you could only wipe and replace.

    planetearth, Jun 9, 2008
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  2. planetearth

    Dwarf Guest


    Sorry, but that is not possible. The only upgrade possible from Home Premium
    is to the Ultimate edition. The reason is because the Home Premium edition
    includes media components whereas the Business version doesn't. To install
    the Business edition you will need to perform a clean install.
    Dwarf, Jun 9, 2008
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  3. planetearth

    planetearth Guest

    Thanks, Dwarf. I was afraid of that.
    Does MS document this anywyhere so that I can show him? I saw a table
    showing the upgrade options from Windows 2000 and XP, but nothing between
    versions of Vista.

    planetearth, Jun 9, 2008
  4. planetearth

    jerryw4386 Guest

    That would be a downgrade you can not downgrade from Home Premium to
    Business .
    Home Permium has to be upgraded to Ultimate !!
    If you want Business you have to clean install it .
    To confirm this put the Business DVD in while you are in windows Premium and
    try to install it you will see the upgrade option is grad out .
    Upgrade path is Premium to Ultimate
    Business to Ultimate
    Home Basic can be upgraded to Business or Premium or Ultimate .
    Do a web search you will see .
    {And i do not think MSWorks is a valid upgrade path to Office 2007
    with a {upgrade disk}
    I think it has to be something like Office 2000 or 2003
    i do not know this for a fact}
    Other people may have there ideas on this part !!
    Good Luck
    jerryw4386, Jun 9, 2008
  5. planetearth

    planetearth Guest

    Thanks, Jerry.
    According to MS, "Microsoft Works 6.0–10 [and] Microsoft Works suite
    2000–2006 or later" are qualifying products for upgrade to Office Standard
    I wouldn't have thought so either, and I was going to ask in another
    newsgroup, just to be sure.

    planetearth, Jun 9, 2008
  6. Don't confuse upgrading the software with upgrading the license. Upgrading
    the license means buying an upgrade edition of Vista and using it to replace
    the existing Windows with the upgrade edition. That can be done to replace
    Vista Home Premium with Vista Business but you still cannot upgrade the
    software (keep your apps and files in place). Upgrading between Vista Home
    editions and Vista Business is one of those cases where you have to do a
    custom installation. However, that doesn't matter since your copy of Vista
    Business is a standard license rather than an upgrade.

    Colin Barnhorst, Jun 9, 2008
  7. planetearth

    planetearth Guest

    Hmmm...now I'm a bit confused.
    First, I just found out the CD my friend has is a Vista Business *Upgrade*
    CD. I thought he had the FULL version CD, but he only has the UPGRADE CD.
    However, from what I thought I understood here, Vista Business is not an
    upgrade option from Vista Home Premium, because of some of the software on
    Home Premium.
    (I'm trying not to confuse "license" with "software", but if he has the CD,
    they're pretty much one and the same. He didn't just buy a license to
    upgrade--he bought the upgrade software CD itself.)
    So, can he *upgrade* Vista Home Premium to Vista Business?
    If he *can't* upgrade and decides to buy the FULL version (for a clean
    install), what happens to the *license* for the copy of Vista Home Premium
    that came with the new Dell laptop? I'm assuming it would no longer be used
    (unless someone restored the laptop from a restore CD made before wiping the
    Thanks again for all your help--I'm just trying to get this straight so I
    can tell him.


    planetearth, Jun 9, 2008
  8. There is no "upgrade cd" for Vista like there is for XP (I know you meant to
    say "dvd"). There are only upgrade edition and standard edition product

    Your VB dvd is a just a standard Vista dvd. Vista dvds are all the same.
    It is the product key that identifies to Vista Setup.exe the edition of
    Vista and the license as "upgrade".

    That product key, when entered, will cause Vista setup to switch to its
    "upgrade" installation routines. At that point Setup will either require
    the user to be running Setup from within existing Windows (x86 dvds) or it
    will search for an installation of existing Windows (x64 dvds).

    Either way, the upgrade option (meaning your apps and files will be
    preserved) will be disabled and only the custom option will be available
    when the existing Windows is Vista Home Basic or Vista Home Premium and the
    product key is for Vista Business.

    The fact that it is an upgrade product key makes no difference in how Vista
    gets installed. The option to upgrade the software is either available or
    not depending on which new edition is replacing which existing edition and
    is the same regardless of the type of product key being used, upgrade or

    Colin Barnhorst, Jun 9, 2008
  9. planetearth

    Nonny Guest

    Nope. Has to be a clean install.
    The Premium license dies (it can only be used on that computer).
    Nonny, Jun 9, 2008
  10. To answer the other question, please read the Vista EULA. When you use an
    upgrade edition license you must supercede another license that is eligible
    for upgrade to Vista. Usually it is the OEM license for the software that
    is already installed on the computer. Once that license is superceded it
    may not be used again. Period.

    However, there is no requirement to supercede the OEM license if the user
    owns a different license that is also eligible for upgrade to Vista and
    wishes to assign that license to be the one superceded. This comes into
    play when the user wants to do a parallel installation of Vista (dual boot)
    so he can continue to use the OEM copy as well.

    So what happens to the OEM license depends on the user. If it is the only
    license available to be superceded then it is the one that goes kaput.

    Colin Barnhorst, Jun 9, 2008
  11. planetearth

    planetearth Guest

    Excellent, Colin! Thank you very much for clearly answering both my questions.


    planetearth, Jun 9, 2008
  12. You're welcome.

    Colin Barnhorst, Jun 9, 2008
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