"TransAction Translators" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
I subscribe to the Action Pack and have licences for Vista Business.
However these licenses are for upgrades and not clean installs, so I
get an error message when trying to do a clean install.
The reason I am doing a clean install is because the upgrade from my
XP installation led to so many problems in Vista, it was worse than
useless - IE7 and other programs would crash before they even opened
in a window, external USB U3 drives were not recognised along with
other performance issues. Everything had to be 'run as administrator'
and even that was horrendously slow - on a dual core PC too!
Trying to contact Microsoft Support, I was told I would be charged £40
plus VAT, something which I am loathe to do, seeing as the upgrade is
faulty and a clean install would resovle all these issues and save
people time all round.
Can anyone suggest something to get around this? Is my only option a
clean install of XP (which means yet another call to Microsoft to get
it activated) before doing the upgrade? Does a clean install of XP
follwed by an upgrade mean I am going to get the same problems again?
One way to do the clean install from an upgrade disk is to install it twice.
You reformat your hard drive, and on the first install, you don't supply a
product key, so you have a fully functional 30-day trial. On the second
install, it uses the first install as the qualifying upgrade product and
installs normally (you supply the product key). groups.google, in
microsoft.public.windows.vista to get more details.