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Workaround for Vista Upgrade DVDs


Feb 4 2007, 08:15 PM (Post #1)
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There appears to be a workaround for the Vista Upgrade DVDs that allows you to do a clean install of Vista using an upgrade disk. The principle is based on this: the upgrade must be done on a licensed version of Windows XP, but the workaround will allow you to "upgrade" your blank system from nothing. Here's how:
  1. Boot from the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD and start the setup program.
  2. When prompted to enter your product key, DO NOT enter it. Click "Next" and proceed with setup. This will install Windows Vista as a 30-day trial.
  3. When prompted, select the edition of Vista which you have purchased and continue with setup.
  4. Once setup has been completed and you have been brought to the desktop for the first time, run the install program from within Windows Vista.
  5. This time, type in your product key when prompted.
  6. When asked whether to perform an Upgrade or Custom (advanced) install, choose Custom (advanced) to perform a clean install of Vista. Yes, this means that you will have to install Vista for a second time.
  7. Once setup has completed for the second time, you should be able to activate Windows Vista normally. You can also delete the Windows.old directory which contains information from the first Vista install.
I'm buying the Academic version of Vista Upgrade for 69 bucks. It's basically the same thing as the regular one except to buy, I gotta send them a photo ID from my school. If I can save 200 bucks, I don't see why not ssmile.gif

Good luck.
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Feb 4 2007, 09:29 PM (Post #2)
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My dad decided to score me a free version of Vista from his work. Now I have to spend $300 on something else >_>
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Feb 4 2007, 09:35 PM (Post #3)
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Donate 300 bucks to me then o_o PM me and I'll tell you how XD
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Feb 4 2007, 09:37 PM (Post #4)
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But due to the exchange rate it'll end up only being half of that stongue.gif
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Feb 4 2007, 09:43 PM (Post #5)
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<_< Whatever you've got I'll take stongue.gif
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