RE: Clean Installation of Upgrade
As an update on my situation, I'm in the same boat as Brian - Invalid update
keys sent to me when I purchased the Family Discount Plan. The keys won't
validate in the setup routine run under XP, they won't validate from within
the systems properties page of the version I installed without keys (which,
incidently, a tech support guy told me to do last night. He was surprised
that I had already done this) and won't validate within the setup routine of
a reinstall on top of the Vista installed without keys.
Makes you wonder why we're trying so hard to give MS money....
"Bill Lee" wrote:
> I see from news stories that they've figured out that you can install the
> 30-day trial of Vista (i.e. without the keys), then from within the running
> trial version you start the vista setup program, choose clean install and use
> your upgrade keys to install and activate.
> Looks like I'll have to move my documents off the computer, do the upgrade
> and then move the documents back on, but at least I won't have to reinstall
> and reactivate XP.
> "Brian Williams" wrote:
> > I was one of the unlucky few to order the family pack discount online, but
> > the keys they sent me are invalid. The description of the product is
> > "Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade" which leads me to believe that you
> > really do need to do am upgrade install. I have tried both, though, and
> > neither will accept either of the product keys that I purchased. I think
> > microsoft took down the site because they discovered a problem.
> > "Bill Lee" wrote:
> > > OK, I read that you don't get the option of doing an upgrade if you boot from
> > > the Vista disk, so don't flame me on this.
> > >
> > > Final question at bottom. First background to understand it.
> > >
> > > In the process of upgrading my three computers at the house (both hardware &
> > > operating systems) I need one of the PCs to be running the new operating
> > > system with the final HD setup I want to get to so I can store the 100s of
> > > MBs of music, pictures and video I've got. I'm awaiting memory for the
> > > system I'm currently building on which I want to run Ultimate so I wanted to
> > > do the upgrade on one of the other PCs first. I've purchased one copy of
> > > Ultimate, but MS's Family Discount Program website isn't working so I can't
> > > buy the two Home Premiums I want for the discount price.
> > >
> > > Anyway, I set up the HDs in one of the secondary systems I the way I wanted
> > > (RAID), booted off my Ultimate disc, performed a clean install of Home
> > > Premium WITHOUT ENTERING A KEY and copied over the data from my main PC.
> > >
> > > HERE's MY QUESTION: Once MS fixes their web site and allows me to buy the
> > > discounted Home Premiums will I be able to put in the key they give me and
> > > activate? Or will I have to start over with a clean install of XP on that
> > > machine and then re-upgrade to Vista Premium?