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Topic # 26980 9-Oct-2008 10:50
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I just have a simple question, but I cant find any answers on the net, but I'm sure someone here will know.

If I have Vista Basic SP1 installed, and I wanted to upgrade to Premium, but the Premium upgrade DVD I have does not have SP1, then what happens?

Will it upgrade to Vista Premium and keep SP1? Or does it not matter if upgrade DVD is SP1 or not as all it does is "unlock" premium features?


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Reply # 170099 9-Oct-2008 10:51
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Things will sure get wrong if you choose to upgrade from a non Vista SP1 DVD. It is highly not recommended to do so. I havent tried but I would say it wont do any good.


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  Reply # 170102 9-Oct-2008 11:00
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I'm with chakaradeep here, the upgrade will insert certain binaries and dlls into the operating system which weren't previously there, if you're running SP1 on Basic you'll need an SP1 Premium disc in order to upgrade safey.

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  Reply # 170227 9-Oct-2008 17:38
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So if my Windows Vista Basic with SP1 DVD also features "Windows Anytime Upgrade", then I wonder if that means the procedure could be that I first of all install my full Vista Basic with SP1, then once thats finished and I'm in windows, run the same Basic DVD again, this time choosing to Upgrade to Vista Premium, and enter the product key from the Premium Upgrade (without SP1) DVD box, and it should install it and there will be no problems?

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  Reply # 170268 9-Oct-2008 19:50
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If it has anytime upgrade on the basic install you may find that it will either be able to upgrade directly from your Basic SP1 disc OR download the required files from Windows/MS Update to upgrade the OS.

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  Reply # 173097 23-Oct-2008 16:11
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Best bet would be to do a fresh install.

But from what I believe, upgrading to a different version of Vista, Eg Premium, enables dormant features of the operating system which are not enabled to those using a lesser version.

Another thought that comes to mind, is when you insert the media, and select the upgrade option, it will go online and check for any required updates before doing any installations.

I recently had an issue where I reinstalled Vista on my PC, and was having problems upgrading to SP1. I inserted my DVD, and ran the setup and chose the upgrade option. This downloaded nessaccery updates and went through the install process again. Everything was preserved, but afterwards, I was able to install SP1.

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  Reply # 173296 24-Oct-2008 10:29
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I have done an anytime upgrade on 2 PCs - both Dells with Home Premium, upgrading to Ultimate (to join to a domain).
One wnet fine, the other got to about 95% and rolled back.
It takes a good couple of hours, so the rollback wasn't welcome.
Turns out it was the Antivirus on the second one that stopped the upgrade (uninstalled AV and it went thourhg fine second time around).
When you run the upgrade, it will tell you pretty quickly wether or not it can fo it.

Just backup first incase you need to do a fresh install.

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  Reply # 173318 24-Oct-2008 11:41
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To answer my original query - A Vista DVD without SP1 on it would not let me upgrade basic with SP1 already installed. It gave error message straight away about not being able to upgrade to an older version or similar message.

And yes, when upgrading it does install new content so still takes hours to upgrade.

In the end i used a Vista basic full dvd to upgrade to premium then entered my premium key and it worked.

The whole process makes me feel better as the key is what determines the version of Vista, so having old DVDs doesnt matter as long as one has any newer Vista DVD to run the install/upgrade.

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