You can upgrade, certainly, but these are the caveats:
a) The proprietary bootloader that HP installs to make that recovery
partition accessible at boot will be overwritten. You will no longer be able
to access it and would need to contact HP for instructions on how to get it
back or obtain a set of recovery disks should you ever need to restore to
b) Do no install by booting the Ultimate disk. HP, like most OEM's, use
proprietary drivers for the hardware that are often not included in the
retail version of Windows. Instead, install as an upgrade from within the
working installation to have these migrated as part of the upgrade. Do not
count on being able to do a clean install with the retail disk in the event
of system failure.
> I have heard some horror stories that the way the HP is set up, that it
> will not allow this - Indeed that it will not even allow a "clean" install
> of the Vista Ultimate and will crash the HD id I try?
No such block exists, and it will not crash the hard drive. As to allowing
for a clean install from a retail disk, it's not something that is blocked
so much as it boils down to the retail disk not having appropriate drivers
for the proprietary hardware.
Best of Luck,
Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com
"Crispy500" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
I have a fairly new HP a6110 desktop that has its own special restore
partition on the "C" drive that can be accessed from the boot menu.
My issue is that I have a legitimate version of Vista Ultimate that I would
like to install, but I have heard some horror stories that the way the HP is
set up, that it will not allow this - Indeed that it will not even allow a
"clean" install of the Vista Ultimate and will crash the HD id I try?
Is this true and also, is it possible to upgrade to Vista Ultimate by an
upgrade over the Home Premium?
If it is possible - what do I need to do to install Vista Ultimate?