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How To: Clean Install an Upgrade Edition of Vista

How To: Clean Install an Upgrade Edition of Vista

Postby JabbaPapa » Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:52 am

<img src="http://parcom.pro-networks.org/images/0113orb.JPG" align="right">LOL

It's actually DEAD simple, took me about 10 seconds to test it ---

Clean install Vista using the Universal product key (as publicly provided by Microsoft) :

YFKBB-PQJJV-G996G-VWGXY-2V3X8

... making sure you select the same version of Vista that you have purchased.

Alternatively, use the Vista Default Product Keys (also publicly provided by Microsoft) :

Business - 4D2XH-PRBMM-8Q22B-K8BM3-MRW4W

HomeBasic - RCG7P-TX42D-HM8FM-TCFCW-3V4VD

HomePremium - X9HTF-MKJQQ-XK376-TJ7T4-76PKF

Ultimate - VMCB9-FDRV6-6CDQM-RV23K-RP8F7


( ... naturally, you cannot activate Windows using any of these public product keys :roleeyes --
-- they will merely let you install a (legal) 30-day trial version of Windows Vista ;) )

After first boot, set up your internet connection, and go online ; then right-click on Computer and select Properties.

At the bottom of the window, click on Change Product Key, and enter your product key.

Let automatic activation proceed :cool:

(in other words, no more Vista to Vista upgrade nonsense, squeaky clean installation using an Upgrade version is a real possibility :yahoo: ... ;) )

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Clearly, Microsoft's tactics here are aimed at providing the easiest possible means to help people turn pirated copies of Windows into Genuine, and also to help the tech-savviest members of their clientele get a free discount to thank them for their know-how, and to bribe them a little to go Genuine instead of Pirate Edition.

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BTW: This process will not work if you do not own any License from Microsoft for Windows Vista
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Postby JabbaPapa » Sat Mar 24, 2007 11:54 am

PS I have just activated my brand new Upgrade Ultimate Edition product key, without reinstalling Windows ;)
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Postby JabbaPapa » Sat Mar 24, 2007 12:03 pm

PPS I will test the full procedure outlined above, but I've little or no doubt that it will work as advertised --- the crucial fact is that the "Change Product Key" procedure of Windows Vista accepts Upgrade keys ;)
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Postby Grav!ty » Sat Mar 24, 2007 2:52 pm

Great info thank you JabbaPapa ^*^

Look forward to seeing the results of the complete test you run :harley: :pirate:

In the meantime I'm going to place your thread in our "archive" of How To articles
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Postby JabbaPapa » Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:12 pm

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Postby JabbaPapa » Sat Mar 24, 2007 6:58 pm

OK, I'll test this one NOW !!
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Postby JabbaPapa » Mon Mar 26, 2007 12:34 am

Works ^*^
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Postby JabbaPapa » Mon Mar 26, 2007 8:49 am

LOL, it also works using the blank product key --- you just clean install the version of Vista you have purchased, do NOT enter your product key, go online, and use your product key to activate ; it's just so AMAZINGLY easy :lol: :P ^*^ :yahoo:
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Postby kd1966 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:10 am

That confirms my "suspicions" then.............lol
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Postby JabbaPapa » Tue Mar 27, 2007 11:59 am

Yeah --- all that was lacking was one tech guy with two copies of Vista :lol: :P
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