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
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.
"Bruce Chambers" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> 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
>> 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
> 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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