I don't want to confuse you because there are many many people who have used
volume licensing on this group for years and years, and I'm not one. I've
talked with people from volume licensing, but that's not the same thing as
using the program, and having Darrell Gorter and others who have looked into
the media is a luxury for this group to clarify how it works.
The "every version of Vista" on the DVD is standard with Vista, and not an
indicator of Volume licensing media AFIK. MSFT is trying to make the
upgrade option readily available if someone's needs change or they decide to
upgrade to another edition because they want/need the features it offers.
You have not said whether you have 64 bit media and a 64 bit box either,
because Darrell made a distinction there.
Officially, Vista upgrades *had been defined by MSFT* to require a legacy
version to be installed and activated before upgrading.
Take a look at this article (as to your comment on the requirement for a
legacy version to be present--it was for it to be present and activated):
Workaround Discovered For "Clean Install" With Vista Upgrade DVDs
I wish I knew exactly what you have, and there is one sure-fire way to find
out. If you had volume licensing media I think you would know it had been
ordered via the volume licensing program. I'm not sure of the source of
that DVD--but if there is any question all you have to do is call MSFT and
read them the part number of that DVD or call volume licensing and read the
part of that DVD and they will clear up what you have.
To call Volume Licensing:
Call (800) 426-9400 in the United States or (877) 568-2495 in Canada. You
could use the same number, I believe to be routed to someone who can tell
you exactly what media the part number to the right of the hole in the
center of the DVD.
I don't know if any of this helps you, but I think we would all be better
off in figuring out why your DVD will not boot if we knew exactly with no
guessing by anyone who means well what you have.
"nonymouse" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Thanks for the info folkes - this version I believe is the volume
> licence version - it has every and any version of Vista on it. I've
> been told by the techies that it's not an upgrade option (who
> incidentally don't know how to solve my problem either!).
> Upon install you get to choose which version you want, the licence
> code apparently works with them all. From within XP installation is
> not a problem, but I'm thinking more of installing on a blank NTFS
> hard drive. The Vista disc just won't boot when selected in the BIOS
> as first boot device. Yet the XP one does. Even if it were an upgrade
> version, surely it should still be bootable - to reqiure a version of
> Windows to be present on the system first before overwriting with
> another is insane.
> Previous upgrades I've installed (such as Win2k) have simply asked for
> the qualifying disc during the install (in this case WinNT or 95) -
> there must be a solution somewhere.