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Old 06-25-2009
Rafavic
 

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MAK Error
I'm looking to upgrade to Vista Ultimate. We received the DVD and have
attempted installation in three different computers. All fail with:


“Windows installation has encountered an error and needs to be restarted.”

This occurs after the MAK key is entered; so that is one hurdle cleared. It
is allowing upgrade from OEM WinXPP.

Is there something else I should be doing to get the installation to work
properly. Thanks in advance.

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Old 06-25-2009
Darrell Gorter[MSFT]
 

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RE: MAK Error
Hello,
MAK keys are volume license product keys.
Windows Ultimate is not available as a volume License SKU, so the MAK keys
are not expected to work with Windows Vista Ultimate.
Thanks,
Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

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> I'm looking to upgrade to Vista Ultimate. We received the DVD and have
> attempted installation in three different computers. All fail with:
>
>
> “Windows installation has encountered an error and needs to be

restarted.”
>
> This occurs after the MAK key is entered; so that is one hurdle cleared.

It
> is allowing upgrade from OEM WinXPP.
>
> Is there something else I should be doing to get the installation to work
> properly. Thanks in advance.
>
>


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Old 06-26-2009
Joe Morris
 

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Re: MAK Error
""Darrell Gorter[MSFT]"" <Darrellg@online.microsoft.com> wrote:
>"Rafavic" <Rafavic@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:


>> I'm looking to upgrade to Vista Ultimate. We received the DVD and have
>> attempted installation in three different computers. All fail with:


>>Windows installation has encountered an error and needs to be restarted.


>> This occurs after the MAK key is entered; so that is one hurdle cleared.
>> It
>> is allowing upgrade from OEM WinXPP.


>> Is there something else I should be doing to get the installation to work
>> properly. Thanks in advance.



> MAK keys are volume license product keys.
> Windows Ultimate is not available as a volume License SKU, so the MAK keys
> are not expected to work with Windows Vista Ultimate.


Correct, but it's a bit more complicated than that.

Microsoft, for reasons unknown to mere mortals, does offer Ultimate to its
volume customers but refuses to provide the product in a configuration that
accepts a MAK, or that responds to a KMS. Volume customers who want to
install Ultimate must get a single-use product key from their VAR, then go
through the same rigamarole as retail customers to activate it, with the
usual hassles when the hardware is changed and Microsoft's Gen-you-wine
Windoze tool declares that you're no longer runninng a legal product.

You (the OP) need to talk to whoever in your organization is responsible for
licensing to find out how to obtain the necessary product ID.

Joe Morris


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