Re: "upgrade" re-install with Vista OEM DVD?
You can't run an install upgrade from an installation DVD to the OS you are
running from itself. You must boot it from the Installation disk.
"Timothy Daniels" <NoSpam@SpamMeKnot.biz> wrote in message
> I want to re-install Vista Business/SP1on my laptop from its
> Dell OEM installation DVD, and I'm trying to avoid having
> to re-install all the drivers and apps. I've read in various
> forums (fora?) that I should do an "upgrade" installation with
> the DVD. But when I start the DVD from the running OS
> (which I've read is the way to do it), the option to upgrade
> is grayed out and a statement reads:
> "Upgrade has been disabled. The upgrade cannot be
> started. To upgrade, cancel the installation and then
> choose to upgrade to a version of Windows that is
> more recent than the version you are currently running."
> 1) Is this because the DVD is OEM and not retail?
> 2) Is there a way to force the OEM DVD to upgrade the
> running Vista to the same version?
> 3) Is the requirement to upgrade to a later *version*, or
> to a higher level, e.g. Vista Enterprise or Vista Ultimate?