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Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable?

  1. #1


    Steve T Guest

    Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable?

    Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable? Is Vista full version disk bootable?
    Do either one of these come in CD format or only in DVD format? I tried
    booting to upgrade DVD and system just booted to hard drive. The DVD player
    is the first device in the boot sequence in the bios settings.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable?

    Hi, Steve.

    Vista is too big for a CD; all disks are DVD-ROMs. The full versions are
    bootable. I'm almost sure that the upgrade DVD is bootable, too, but I've
    never had one so I can't be sure.

    Booting from CD/DVD can be tricky in some computers. On many, a message
    appears on the second boot-up screen that says to "press any key to boot
    from CD", or similar language. If no key is pressed, the computer proceeds
    to boot from the hard drive.

    If you tell us which computer make and model you have, or which mobo/BIOS if
    you built it yourself, someone here will probably recognize it and know the
    proper steps to boot that machine from CD/DVD. If you don't, we'll have to
    guess, like I just did, and we'll likely guess wrong.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@xxxxxx
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail beta in Vista Ultimate x64)

    "Steve T" <SteveT@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:EF028BA4-1734-40B2-B95B-0C22C3AA1924@xxxxxx

    > Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable? Is Vista full version disk
    > bootable?
    > Do either one of these come in CD format or only in DVD format? I tried
    > booting to upgrade DVD and system just booted to hard drive. The DVD
    > player
    > is the first device in the boot sequence in the bios settings.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Mark Guest

    Re: Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable?

    The upgrade disc is bootable.
    Vista can be purchased on CD for a small fee from the MS website:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...a/default.mspx

    "Steve T" <SteveT@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:EF028BA4-1734-40B2-B95B-0C22C3AA1924@xxxxxx

    > Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable? Is Vista full version disk
    bootable?

    > Do either one of these come in CD format or only in DVD format? I tried
    > booting to upgrade DVD and system just booted to hard drive. The DVD
    player

    > is the first device in the boot sequence in the bios settings.


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Paul Randall Guest

    Re: Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable?

    Perhaps your system doesn't know how to boot from DVD.

    You can order Vista on alternate media, like CD.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...a/default.mspx

    -Paul Randall

    "Steve T" <SteveT@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:EF028BA4-1734-40B2-B95B-0C22C3AA1924@xxxxxx

    > Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable? Is Vista full version disk
    > bootable?
    > Do either one of these come in CD format or only in DVD format? I tried
    > booting to upgrade DVD and system just booted to hard drive. The DVD
    > player
    > is the first device in the boot sequence in the bios settings.


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Seth Guest

    Re: Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable?

    "R. C. White" <rc@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:uc3hhDf%23HHA.5160@xxxxxx

    > Hi, Steve.
    >
    > Vista is too big for a CD; all disks are DVD-ROMs. The full versions are
    > bootable. I'm almost sure that the upgrade DVD is bootable, too, but I've
    > never had one so I can't be sure.

    Actually, Vista is available in CD format. But A) I've only seen the
    Enterprise version offered that way and B) it is too big for a single CD.
    On the MS-SA/MVLS website, CD1 shows as 606MB, 2 and 3 are 639MB and disk 4
    is 85MB.


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Steve T Guest

    Re: Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable?

    What does that mean paul?

    "Paul Randall" wrote:

    > Perhaps your system doesn't know how to boot from DVD.
    >
    > You can order Vista on alternate media, like CD.
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...a/default.mspx
    >
    > -Paul Randall
    >
    > "Steve T" <SteveT@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:EF028BA4-1734-40B2-B95B-0C22C3AA1924@xxxxxx

    > > Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable? Is Vista full version disk
    > > bootable?
    > > Do either one of these come in CD format or only in DVD format? I tried
    > > booting to upgrade DVD and system just booted to hard drive. The DVD
    > > player
    > > is the first device in the boot sequence in the bios settings.
    >
    >
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable?

    Hi, Steve.

    You still haven't told us the make and model of your computer. So we're
    still just guessing. :>(

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@xxxxxx
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail beta in Vista Ultimate x64)

    "Steve T" <SteveT@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:62D95165-2CAA-4786-A3F0-84E25F916B05@xxxxxx

    > What does that mean paul?
    >
    > "Paul Randall" wrote:
    >

    >> Perhaps your system doesn't know how to boot from DVD.
    >>
    >> You can order Vista on alternate media, like CD.
    >> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...a/default.mspx
    >>
    >> -Paul Randall
    >>
    >> "Steve T" <SteveT@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:EF028BA4-1734-40B2-B95B-0C22C3AA1924@xxxxxx

    >> > Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable? Is Vista full version disk
    >> > bootable?
    >> > Do either one of these come in CD format or only in DVD format? I
    >> > tried
    >> > booting to upgrade DVD and system just booted to hard drive. The DVD
    >> > player
    >> > is the first device in the boot sequence in the bios settings.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Steve T Guest

    Re: Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable?

    DFI AD77 Infinity KT400 AGp 8X DDR 400. AMD Athalon XP220+ 1.79ghz with 1
    gig of memory. Built it myself.

    "R. C. White" wrote:

    > Hi, Steve.
    >
    > You still haven't told us the make and model of your computer. So we're
    > still just guessing. :>(
    >
    > RC
    > --
    > R. C. White, CPA
    > San Marcos, TX
    > rc@xxxxxx
    > Microsoft Windows MVP
    > (Running Windows Live Mail beta in Vista Ultimate x64)
    >
    > "Steve T" <SteveT@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:62D95165-2CAA-4786-A3F0-84E25F916B05@xxxxxx

    > > What does that mean paul?
    > >
    > > "Paul Randall" wrote:
    > >

    > >> Perhaps your system doesn't know how to boot from DVD.
    > >>
    > >> You can order Vista on alternate media, like CD.
    > >> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvist...a/default.mspx
    > >>
    > >> -Paul Randall
    > >>
    > >> "Steve T" <SteveT@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > >> news:EF028BA4-1734-40B2-B95B-0C22C3AA1924@xxxxxx
    > >> > Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable? Is Vista full version disk
    > >> > bootable?
    > >> > Do either one of these come in CD format or only in DVD format? I
    > >> > tried
    > >> > booting to upgrade DVD and system just booted to hard drive. The DVD
    > >> > player
    > >> > is the first device in the boot sequence in the bios settings.
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Carey Frisch [MVP] Guest

    Re: Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable?

    The Windows Vista "upgrade" DVD is not bootable. In order
    to install the upgrade version, you must have either Windows
    XP or 2000 installed, then begin the upgrade process while
    at the desktop. A "full version" Vista DVD is bootable and
    can be installed without a qualifying older Windows version
    having been previously installed.

    How to install Windows Vista
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/918884/en-us

    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Shell/User

    --------------------------------------------------------------------

    "Steve T" wrote:

    Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable? Is Vista full version disk
    bootable?
    Do either one of these come in CD format or only in DVD format? I tried
    booting to upgrade DVD and system just booted to hard drive. The DVD player
    is the first device in the boot sequence in the bios settings.


      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Steve T Guest

    Re: Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable?

    Is this a new change with Vista? Previously you could install the full
    version from the upgrade disk. It would just prompt you to insert the
    previous version disk for verification and the would install.

    "Carey Frisch [MVP]" wrote:

    > The Windows Vista "upgrade" DVD is not bootable. In order
    > to install the upgrade version, you must have either Windows
    > XP or 2000 installed, then begin the upgrade process while
    > at the desktop. A "full version" Vista DVD is bootable and
    > can be installed without a qualifying older Windows version
    > having been previously installed.
    >
    > How to install Windows Vista
    > http://support.microsoft.com/kb/918884/en-us
    >
    > --
    > Carey Frisch
    > Microsoft MVP
    > Windows Shell/User
    >
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------
    >
    > "Steve T" wrote:
    >
    > Is Vista upgrade install disk bootable? Is Vista full version disk
    > bootable?
    > Do either one of these come in CD format or only in DVD format? I tried
    > booting to upgrade DVD and system just booted to hard drive. The DVD player
    > is the first device in the boot sequence in the bios settings.
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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