Okay, I've about had it with the new installation/activation method. I've
got a Sony Vaio XL1 (yes, I'm ashamed to admit it, but there it is) which
came with XPMCE. I purchased the Vista Home Premium upgrade for this
machine. First, I was unable to install a "clean" copy of Vista from running
the upgrade within XP. I'd read up on the install process enough to know
that booting into install with an upgrade serial would not work, so I used
the upgrade option.
Three times now I've sat and waited, waited.... only to have the
install/upgrade fail at the "configuring components..." portion (the last
one). A message appears stating that some components could not be configured
and that I must restart to roll back the installation.
Essentially this new and improved installation restriction has translated to
a waste of money on an upgrade that won't install. Further, the legendary
level of bloatware on the oem discs that accompany my system apparently means
I'm stuck with that, since I can't cleanly install my Vista upgrade.
I've read the many articles advising to do a clean install without product
key, then upgrade that install, etc. I'd really prefer to do it the right
way, but apparently this is not going to be successful. Can anyone offer any
suggestions as to how to get this thing installed? I've got two other
machines in-house running Vista and am very familiar with the OS; only the
by-the-book method of installation seems to be preventing my progress. It
seems ludicrous that I might have to purchase a full version just to be able
to use the [blank] OS on this system....
ps- please excuse my frustration; that too will pass...