I just finished "upgrading" an Activated Vista Home Premium Upgrade edition
which I had running for about 3 weeks now and had the windows.old folder
I originally installed as a new install which created the windows,old
folder.I was having problems with the Vista Event Viewer not functioning and
could not turn the service on...no matter what.I finally gave up and decided
to to a reinstall.
This time I installed as an upgrade install which overwrote the previous new
install.I entered the Product Key during the installation and after
installation I activated over the net....no phone call required.
So it is possible to do a "repair" in that manner.......
"hughleef" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Thanks for the advice. I tried this workaround after reading something
> similar in the Windows Supersite. Unfortunately, it did't work for me. The
> installation gets almost all the way to the end, and then says that Vista
> unable to configure certain components and the upgrade has failed. It then
> rolls back to the existing install.
> I wonder if Microsoft got wind of this workaround and disabled it because
> the potential for abuse.
> "Kerry Brown" wrote:
>> Did you install without entering the key? If you did, did you pick the
>> version of Vista that matches your key. If yes to both then insert the
>> and do an "upgrade" from within Vista this time entering your key. You
>> should now be able to activate. You may have to phone for activation if
>> had activated the first installation.
>> Kerry Brown
>> Microsoft MVP - Shell/User