vista home prem to vista ultimate - can I still use home on another pc?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by nelsonsdavis, May 5, 2008.

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    nelsonsdavis Guest

    Okay, I bought retail upgrade vista home premium. Installed on my
    primary pc and ACTIVATED it. Had odd problems, fixed, then realized I
    really wanted the ultimate edition. So, bought retail ultimate upgrade.
    Wiped hard drive, installed XP pro, installed ultimate 64 from there.

    Now, here is the real question. I now have a perfectly good legal copy
    of home premium that is not being used. Can I use this copy on a
    different PC? BTW, it's too late to get a refund from MS, I missed that
    window of opportunity.

    nelsonsdavis, May 5, 2008
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    PvdG42 Guest

    In a word, no.
    When you upgraded from HP to U, you paid a lesser price for an upgrade
    rather than for a standalone license. It's similar to trading your old car
    as part of the price of a new one. You don't retain use rights to the
    trade-in, correct?
    PvdG42, May 5, 2008
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    Alejandrosv Guest

    Did the upgrade cost the same from home basic to ultimate than from home premium to ultimate? If it costed less... i think PvdG42 is right, it's probably not allowed. But if you paid an upgrade from home basic to ultimate, i don't see why you shouldn't use your home premium to upgrade another home basic.

    Post Originated from Vista Support Forums
    Alejandrosv, May 5, 2008
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    Curious Guest

    You can only use a Vista upgrade package on one system and you can not then
    use the original XP on another system since when you upgraded to Vista your
    XP license was deactivated since it was "traded in" in order to use the less
    expensive upgrade version of Vista.

    in message news:...
    Curious, May 6, 2008
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    nelsonsdavis Guest

    Hmmm. Does not sound right. Lets try again. I had win xp pro on my pc.
    Bought retail upgrade vista home premium, installed that. And yes, I
    understand the licsence for xp pro is gone, unless I put it back on this
    same machine.

    So, a week goes by, I decide vista home premium is not what I want. I
    buy vista ultimate 64 bit.

    Reformat hard drive, reinstall that same XP, then install vista
    ultimate through that.

    Now, in the meantime, I had spoken to MS. They said I could return home
    premium to THEM, and they would send me a refund. Fast forward, lost
    track of time, realized window for returning home premium had come and
    gone. In other words, they were willing to take that back,

    So, since I am not using home premium on any PC now, and the vista
    ultimate was installed through my win xp pro, why could I not now use
    the orphaned home vista prem on another PC?

    nelsonsdavis, May 6, 2008
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    Nonny Guest

    Nonny, May 6, 2008
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    nelsonsdavis Guest

    Er, you answered "yes". Do you mean I "can" use it on another PC?

    nelsonsdavis, May 6, 2008
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    Nonny Guest

    Had to go back to my out box to see what you were questioning (it's
    nice if you quote what you are replying to, don'tcha think?).

    I misread your previous post... the answer should have been "You can
    use it on another pc."
    Nonny, May 6, 2008
  9. Whether or not you "don't see why you shouldn't use your Home Premium
    to upgrade another "Home Basic" is irrelevant.

    What the Vista EULA states about this is what is relevant.

    Here is what is relevant:
    Once the OP used his copy of Home Premium as the BASE for an UPGRADE
    to Ultimate, he lost all rights to use it further for ANY reason.

    Because of this, he MUST NOT use it to upgrade a SECOND (or third, or
    whatever) Windows OS.
    Because of this, he MUST NO LONGER USE IT FOR "ANY" REASON once it has
    been used as the base for an Upgrade Edition.

    Donald L McDaniel
    Please reply to the correct thread and article.
    Donald L McDaniel, May 6, 2008
  10. Perfectly valid.
    As long as you have a second copy of XP, with a DIFFERENT CD key than
    the one you used as a base for an upgrade to Ultimate, you will be
    fine. (i.e., "you CAN'T use a SINGLE LICENSE as the base for TWO

    Donald L McDaniel
    Please reply to the correct thread and article.
    Donald L McDaniel, May 6, 2008
  11. The CORRECT answer would be:
    "Yes, you CAN use it on another PC, IF (BIG 'IF', HERE!!!) you have a
    SECOND "full" XP license which contains a DIFFERENT CD key than the
    one you used as the base for your upgrade to Vista Ultimate."

    i.e., "One XP Pro license, ONE upgrade to Vista Ultimate, OR Vista
    Premium, but not BOTH."
    "TWO XP Licenses, ONE Upgrade to Vista Ultimate, ONE upgrade to Vista
    Home Premium (or TWO upgrades to either Vista Home Premium, or Vista

    There are no "work-arounds", no "patches", no "gray area's", no "might
    be's", no "could-be's", and no "if's". Just "the Vista EULA."

    Donald L McDaniel
    Please reply to the correct thread and article.
    Donald L McDaniel, May 8, 2008
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