Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Traitor, Jan 31, 2007.
like the title says
Not sure, but why not just install SP2 before the upgrade?
You really should have SP2 if you are running XP.
that is a very good point
The pirated versions were all corporate licenses.
I don't know if a normal Vista will upgrade over those.
If it winds up working though, you gotta post back here to let us know.
Not that I have a corp disc sitting around or anything....
There are ways to install SP2 on a pirated copy of XP
If you get the Vista Update version then you have to have XP (or 2000) installed first.
It stands to reason that, since Vista will replace the license, it won't care what XP's license looks like. That said, it's a really BAD idea to upgrade Windows -- it never, ever works right.
Except if you don't have to do an upgrade at all...
Paul Thurrott has shown a method of doing a fresh install with
an upgrade copy of Vista.
"A couple of days ago, several sites reported that "upgrade" versions of Windows Vista Home Basic and Windows Vista Home Premium could only be installed on top of a previous version of Windows. Microsoft's knowledge base entry about the subject is quite clear, stating that users who wish to do a clean installation need to cough up the extra dough for a full product license. However, Paul Thurrott from Windows IT Pro has uncovered a workaround in Microsoft's documentation. The workaround procedure is as follows:
1. Boot with the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD.
2. Click "Install Now."
3. Do not enter a Product Key When prompted.
4. When prompted, select the Vista product edition that you do have.
6. Install Vista normally.
7. Once the install is complete, restart the DVD-based Setup from within Windows Vista. Perform an in-place upgrade.
8. Enter your Product Key when prompted.
Thurrott didn't test this workaround, but you're supposed to install Vista in trial mode and then run an "upgrade" over your fresh Vista installation. The result might not be as unspoiled as a clean installation from a full retail Vista DVD, but if it works, it should nonetheless allow users to avoid having to install Windows XP or Windows 2000 before they can put Vista on their machines. Of course, if the workaround works, it should also remove the need for users to prove that they own a previous version of Windows, thereby taking the whole "upgrade" concept out of the equation. We wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft ended up fixing this sooner or later."
Please tell me how.
My friend upgraded his Media Center Edition to Windows Vista Home Premium without any problems (other than driver issues).
Microsoft offers service pack 2 as a download to IT people.
I don't have a link handy, but I've seen it a few times.
It shouldn't be too hard to find if you google it.
The key word is "redistributable". That's what Microsoft calls all of their full-download, non-custom-configured updates and service packs.
You're shitting me. With every other version of Windows, I used to be able to do a clean install and just type in the product key of the old Windows to prove I owned it. They took away that option? What a bunch of douchebags.
They did take it away.
Until I saw the earlier post, I thought you just had to install xp, no workarounds.
That works pretty good.
A link for thread starter:
That is gay as hell. They're taking advantage of all the people who are smart enough to know that upgrading Windows never works, and making them pay more so they can do the install correctly.
Yeah but if Paul Thurrott's workaround works, then it doesn't matter.
For geeks, anyway.