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  1. #1


    StevePlym Guest

    Upgrade to Vista from XP Media Center

    I'd like to upgrade to Vista Business from XP Media Center but the upgrade
    disk I'm using says that isn't possible.

    Is there some way to trick the system into doing it or will I have to
    convert the XP Media Center to XP Professional? How do I do that if it's
    necessary?


    Steve



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  2. #2


    Annie R J Brion Guest

    Re: Upgrade to Vista from XP Media Center

    StevePlym wrote:
    > I'd like to upgrade to Vista Business from XP Media Center but the upgrade
    > disk I'm using says that isn't possible.
    >
    > Is there some way to trick the system into doing it or will I have to
    > convert the XP Media Center to XP Professional? How do I do that if it's
    > necessary?


    Business does not contain the "Media Center" feature. Only Premium and
    Ultimate have this. If you no longer require "Media Center" then I have
    heard that there is a way to do a clean install with an upgrade version
    of Vista.

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  3. #3


    Alias Guest

    Re: Upgrade to Vista from XP Media Center

    Annie R J Brion wrote:
    > StevePlym wrote:
    >> I'd like to upgrade to Vista Business from XP Media Center but the
    >> upgrade disk I'm using says that isn't possible.
    >>
    >> Is there some way to trick the system into doing it or will I have to
    >> convert the XP Media Center to XP Professional? How do I do that if
    >> it's necessary?

    >
    > Business does not contain the "Media Center" feature. Only Premium and
    > Ultimate have this. If you no longer require "Media Center" then I have
    > heard that there is a way to do a clean install with an upgrade version
    > of Vista.
    >


    And the way to do that is first back up everything. Then set the BIOS to
    boot from the DVDROM. After Vista formats the drive, choose "30 day
    trial". Once Vista loads, reboot and choose "update" and it will think
    it's updating itself.

    Alias

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  4. #4


    Bruce Chambers Guest

    Re: Upgrade to Vista from XP Media Center

    StevePlym wrote:
    > I'd like to upgrade to Vista Business from XP Media Center but the upgrade
    > disk I'm using says that isn't possible.
    >


    That's correct. WinXP MCE to Vista Business isn't a supported upgrade
    path; you'd have to format the hard drive and perform a clean
    installation of Vista Business.

    Upgrade Paths from Previous Versions
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...radepaths.mspx

    > Is there some way to trick the system into doing it or will I have to
    > convert the XP Media Center to XP Professional? How do I do that if it's
    > necessary?
    >



    To transition from WinXP MCE to WinXP Pro is a downgrade and would
    require a format and clean installation of WinXP Pro.

    Is there any particular reason you don't want to upgrade WinXP MCE to
    the support Vista Ultimate?

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  5. #5


    StevePlym Guest

    Re: Upgrade to Vista from XP Media Center

    Bruce, the full story is this:

    I purchased a new laptop sometime ago believeing it to be XP Pro. It had the
    offer of a free upgrade to Vista attached to it. I submitted the paperwork
    to the upgrade agents but continued to use my old laptop for the time being.

    The upgrade discs finally arrived - that's another story! - at which point
    the upgrade process on the new laptop seems to proceed well. at the very end
    of the install I get the message that as I have XP MCE I cannot upgrade to
    Vista Business.

    So it seems that my only choice is to ditch the free Vista upgrade and
    purchase an upgrade to Vista Ultimate - ey expensive here in UK.


    Steve
    "Bruce Chambers" <bchambers@cable0ne.n3t> wrote in message
    news:%234F6WFntHHA.2188@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    > StevePlym wrote:
    >> I'd like to upgrade to Vista Business from XP Media Center but the
    >> upgrade disk I'm using says that isn't possible.
    >>

    >
    > That's correct. WinXP MCE to Vista Business isn't a supported upgrade
    > path; you'd have to format the hard drive and perform a clean installation
    > of Vista Business.
    >
    > Upgrade Paths from Previous Versions
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windows/pro...radepaths.mspx
    >
    >> Is there some way to trick the system into doing it or will I have to
    >> convert the XP Media Center to XP Professional? How do I do that if it's
    >> necessary?
    >>

    >
    >
    > To transition from WinXP MCE to WinXP Pro is a downgrade and would require
    > a format and clean installation of WinXP Pro.
    >
    > Is there any particular reason you don't want to upgrade WinXP MCE to the
    > support Vista Ultimate?
    >
    > --
    >
    > Bruce Chambers
    >
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    >
    > They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    > safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Benjamin Franklin
    >
    > Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. -Bertrand
    > Russell




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  6. #6


    Bruce Chambers Guest

    Re: Upgrade to Vista from XP Media Center

    StevePlym wrote:
    > Bruce, the full story is this:
    >
    > I purchased a new laptop sometime ago believeing it to be XP Pro. It had the
    > offer of a free upgrade to Vista attached to it. I submitted the paperwork
    > to the upgrade agents but continued to use my old laptop for the time being.
    >
    > The upgrade discs finally arrived - that's another story! - at which point
    > the upgrade process on the new laptop seems to proceed well. at the very end
    > of the install I get the message that as I have XP MCE I cannot upgrade to
    > Vista Business.
    >
    > So it seems that my only choice is to ditch the free Vista upgrade and
    > purchase an upgrade to Vista Ultimate - ey expensive here in UK.
    >
    >


    Yes, it would seem that you'd been mislead, originally. But, do you
    really need all of Vista Ultimate's features? I forgot to mention, in
    my last post, that WinXP MCE can also be upgraded to Vista Home Premium.
    Would this meet your needs? If so, it'd be a bit less dear than Ultimate.



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  7. #7


    StevePlym Guest

    Re: Upgrade to Vista from XP Media Center

    I take your point Bruce - but the disk I have received was FREE - so am
    reluctant to pay for something else.

    I've taken the issue up with the upgrade agent and have given them the
    relevant Product Codes and COA's. Let's hope they will have a solution.


    Steve

    "Bruce Chambers" <bchambers@cable0ne.n3t> wrote in message
    news:OSc%23zV5tHHA.1768@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > StevePlym wrote:
    >> Bruce, the full story is this:
    >>
    >> I purchased a new laptop sometime ago believeing it to be XP Pro. It had
    >> the offer of a free upgrade to Vista attached to it. I submitted the
    >> paperwork to the upgrade agents but continued to use my old laptop for
    >> the time being.
    >>
    >> The upgrade discs finally arrived - that's another story! - at which
    >> point the upgrade process on the new laptop seems to proceed well. at the
    >> very end of the install I get the message that as I have XP MCE I cannot
    >> upgrade to Vista Business.
    >>
    >> So it seems that my only choice is to ditch the free Vista upgrade and
    >> purchase an upgrade to Vista Ultimate - ey expensive here in UK.
    >>
    >>

    >
    > Yes, it would seem that you'd been mislead, originally. But, do you
    > really need all of Vista Ultimate's features? I forgot to mention, in my
    > last post, that WinXP MCE can also be upgraded to Vista Home Premium.
    > Would this meet your needs? If so, it'd be a bit less dear than Ultimate.
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    >
    > Bruce Chambers
    >
    > Help us help you:
    > http://dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
    > http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >
    > They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    > safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. -Benjamin Franklin
    >
    > Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. -Bertrand
    > Russell




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  8. #8


    Bruce Chambers Guest

    Re: Upgrade to Vista from XP Media Center

    StevePlym wrote:
    > I take your point Bruce - but the disk I have received was FREE - so am
    > reluctant to pay for something else.
    >


    Quite understandable.

    > I've taken the issue up with the upgrade agent and have given them the
    > relevant Product Codes and COA's. Let's hope they will have a solution.
    >
    >


    Good luck with that.

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