My Vista Ultimate Upgrade 'took' on my first attempt this morning!!! Don't
know for sure which step in the clean install I failed to make in previous
attempts, but for sure I am there! I had rather sandpaper a bobcat's rear
end before having to go through this process (Upgrade Vistas Home to
Need to ask a couple of questions: while going through this process, I
actually zapped my computer back to its original, out-of-box configuration.
In the process, I zapped a recently installed version of the new Office
Professional 2007. Will I have re-activation issues with this software when
I re-install - will Microsoft deny me another 'load'? BTW, just how PC's may
I legally install the new Office on?
Second, I had Microsoft OneCare on my computer before the upgrade and had
made a total backup of all my old files and programs. First, will Microsoft
allow be to reinstall the OneCare itself without penalty and may I restore
the individual files from the backup, for instance, MS Money, Word, Excel,
etc. etc.; without doing a 'global' restore?
"Mick Murphy" wrote:
> The above is shaun's(brink) link on how to do it.
> Time is not a factor for the software use by date..
> "rebell" wrote:
> > Well, I have attempted in every way to install Ultimate Upgrade on my new HP
> > Slimline computer (w/Vista Home Edition) and am still getting bumped out. I
> > am typing this message from my home computer because I have also taken the
> > computer back to its original, out-of-the-box, new state hoping that this
> > would solve the problem. It has not! I am kicked back to 'original,
> > installed version of windows'.
> > I have disconnected all USB devices, TV cable, checked device manager for
> > conflicts, and off course, turned off my spam blocker/anti-spam ware, and
> > attempted the 'ol clean install (boot from disk). Nothing! (BTW, there
> > appears to be a step missing from the clean install instructions: when going
> > from step 4 to step 5, the onscreen instructions asks how to partition the
> > install, either to the HP 289MB or 8.8MB @#$! or something. The instructions
> > read as if the program takes off on its own and begins the install after step
> > 4 (it did not for me.) Nor did I ever get to a 2nd entry point to type in
> > the software's serial number (1st point instructs not to enter but to skip).
> > Regardless, I am left with a new, $200+ new copy of Vista Upgrade that for
> > all practical purposes, is worthless.
> > The only thing I am left to consider as the fault is the element of time. I
> > purchased the upgrade last May or June (from Staples or Officemax) and
> > attempted to install it on my old, 6-year-old Gateway (w/XP) only to find out
> > that the hardware was insufficient (had not first checked the Online
> > Advisor). Knowing I was getting a new computer in September, I simply
> > 'shelved' the new, uninstalled software. Only this past Sunday have I
> > attemtped to install my upgrade - nearly six months after purchasing.
> > Question: Is there some sort of 'must install from date-of-purchase'
> > requirement from Microsoft imposed on the acquistion of Vista? Is there
> > someone I need to call?
> > ReBell
> > PS: thanks to everyone who has attempted to help - I have been a user of
> > Microsoft since the early '90s and have never had this much frustration with
> > any one of its previous upgrades.