Re: Clean Install on new hard drive
On Mon, 14 Jan 2008 10:51:01 -0800, Disturbed
>I purchased a computer about a year ago. Windows Vista was still vaporware
>at the time so the manufacturer installed Windows XP on the computer with the
>promise that I would be due a free "Express Ugrade" Disk to Windows Vista
>Business. After About 6 months I finally received my "Express Upgrade" Disk.
> I later bought the "Windows Anytime Upgrade" to Windows Vista Ultimate.
>The hard drive went bad last week. I tried to reinstall Windows on a new
>hard drive using my "Express Upgrade" disk to perform a clean install.
>Everything looked like the installation went well. I then used my "Windows
>Anytime Upgrade" to upgrade to Ultimate. Everything looked all right during
>the process. I then installed all my programs over the next two days. Still
>no problems arose. Last Friday I started getting message windows stating that
>I needed to Activate my Windows. Since my activation key is embedded in the
>Windows_Anytime_Upgrade.slupkg-ms XrML Digital License Package file, I
>tried to activate by phone. The technician I talked to told me that I first
>needed to install my Windows XP, then install my Windows Express Upgrade,
>then my Windows Anytime Upgrade. Even though I was extremely angry that I
>should have to spend two days reinstalling my Windows Vista and all my other
>software, I decided to give it a try. What else can I do? I gave it a try
>but Windows XP would not find my hard drive since the partitioning of Windows
>Vista is different than Windows XP. The hard drive still has the
>non-activated Windows Vista on it.
The partitioning on the disk drive shouldn't prevent Windows XP setup
from seeing the drive. What would, however, is the lack of a Windows
XP driver (AHCI) for the interface that the drive is connected to.
>How can I either get an activation key that will work, or at least install
>Windows Vista Ultimate with the least trouble?
>Stuart J. Cohen