It's a repair, where what happens is that the OS on the CD replaces the OS
on the target media. The OS files from the CD are copied over existing files
on the hard drive. the install process then finishes the install/repair and
you end up with your profile on a fresh install of the OS. Booting the
Install CD will allow you to a "Repair", but I do not know if it will copy
from the CD to the HDD. I think it uses the System Restore points.
Thus far I have found Vista's System Restore to be superior to having to do
that. Given you have not disabled SR and you can find a restore point. Or,
simply benchmark your OS with a fresh Complete PC Backup, and then restore
the image. Of course, it's given you've things up to do that..
The personal opinion of
Gary G. Little
"Mike" <Mike@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Not exactly "upgrade"
> The procedure I'm referring to is called like that by microsoft, I know it
> as "repair install"
> Not exactly sure if anyone else is familiar with the term... whenever you
> had file corruption in XP you could run a repair install by booting off
> XP disc and choosing the "repair installation" option, it would copy the
> installation files without altering the installed programs or documents.
> Here's a KB from Microsoft.
> "Bill Frisbee" wrote:
>> Do you mean upgrading from say Vista Home to Vista Ultimate?
>> (yes there is)
>> Or XP to Vista?
>> (yes there is)
>> Or Vista RC2 to RTM?
>> (don't know, and I wouldn't wanna really try it)
>> Bill F
>> "Mike" <Mike@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> > Hello,
>> > Is there any way to run an in place upgrade in windows vista like it
>> > was
>> > possible in windows xp?
>> > It was triggered when running setup and trying to install in a drive
>> > that
>> > already had a windows installation, setup detected the installation and
>> > then
>> > it asked if you wanted to run a repair installation or continue with a
>> > clean
>> > installation.
>> > Thanks,