Question about reinstalling Vista
Posted 13 November 2007 - 09:08 PM
Posted 13 November 2007 - 09:11 PM
Posted 15 November 2007 - 05:33 AM
I guess you must have had XP already installed when you first installed the Vista upgrade, but that method will only work that one time, since you now plan on re-installing from scratch and XP no longer exists on your PC as a separate OS.
If it's an upgrade Vista CD, unlike previous versions of Windows upgrade discs, Vista upgrade insists that you have an earlier version of Windows actually installed on the target PC -- you can't simply pop in your old Windows CD to prove you have an earlier version. If you have no earlier version installed and you can't find the CD from which to install an earlier version, you might think you're out of luck, but there's a perfectly legal way to make your upgrade CD install when you can't find your 'old' Windows CD
Go here: http://labs.pcw.co.u..._a_vista_u.html
Of course, if you can find your legal copy of XP on disc, you could ignore the above link and just go ahead and install XP first, followed by Vista. However, doing this often leads to errors and permissions problems, which is why many users who know how (as per link above) prefer to use the "clean install" method with their Vista upgrade CD.
After all, even Microsoft themselves advise us all to do a 'clean' install of any OS wherever possible.
Edited by pip22, 15 November 2007 - 05:53 AM.
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