I guess you're lucky then!
I installed both Vista x86 & x64 in a dual boot
configuration with separate partitions on 2
separate computes and each time the key used for
the 1st instance was refused by Vista during the
I guess it could be an anomaly in Vista like a
lot of variances. I can't get the video driver
or the sound driver to load correctly, but
others say they have no problem. On the other
hand I have no USB, printer, or scanner problems
that others report in Vista. I will just wait
for the RC1 and see how things work then.
Colin Barnhorst wrote:
> I routinely use the same key for multiple installations on the same machine
> to different partitions. I don't understand your problem?
> "John Boy" <John.Boy@Discussions.Microsoft.Com> wrote in message
>> You're right in that Microsoft says you can use any one key to install
>> Vista on up to 10 computers. However, you cannot use one key to do
>> multiple installation on one computer.
>> When Vista refused to accept my 1st key for a 2nd installation, I was
>> trying to install Vista x64 after I had installed Vista x86 on the same
>> computer, same hard drive with a 2nd partition.
>> Edwin wrote:
>>> Thanks. There seems to be some conflicting information being given out by
>>> Microsoft. When I wanted to do a third download (in order to get the
>>> 64-bit version) I was blocked because of having "the maximum number of
>>> keys allowed per person." But I was told that each key could be used on
>>> up to 15 (believe it or not) computers. I do have an extra key. But I
>>> think that, as in XP, the same key can be used multiply on a single
>>> computer and that a new key should not be required in the case of a
>>> multiboot on separate partitions of the same computer. Was your second
>>> install attempt on a different computer?
>>> My question was as to whether I should do the second Vista install from
>>> my Vista installation or from my XP (boot partition) installation. I
>>> think that CH was telling me that I will not lose my two-stage boot menus
>>> if I install from XP. I am going to wait another day before making the
>>> attempt, to see if anyone else has advice on this.
>>> "John Boy" wrote:
>>> Do you have a second key? When I tried to install the 2nd instance of
>>> Vista it would not allow me to use the same key for the 2nd install. I
>>> had to acquire a 2nd key for the 2nd install.
>>>> Edwin wrote:
>>>>> I have a successful 2-stage multi-boot that allows me to go to Vista on
>>>>> the first page and then displays my XP multiboot on the second. Now I
>>>>> want to install a second instance of Vista on a new partition without
>>>>> jeopardizing my multiboot menus. Should I install the new instance of
>>>>> Vista from Vista or from XP? Or is it OK to do it from either and not
>>>>> lose either boot screen?