vista upgrade dvd worked fine with bootcamp

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by webgoat, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. webgoat macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2007
    Austin, TX
    i'm very shocked about what happened today... i convinced my friend to get a macbook pro since he could run windows and mac (and at the same time through vmware fusion) so he went out and got a 17" macbook pro (don't post about how he should've waited for the january update cause i already told him and he didn't care)... well he bought a vista upgrade installation dvd through the university of texas and it worked fine with boot camp... he purchased it for $34 and had no previous version of xp or any other version of windows for that matter and the upgrade dvd worked fine with the boot camp installation... is the upgrade version he got through ut different than the standard retail vista ultimate upgrade dvd? all we did was select clean install of windows operating system as the upgrade selection was greyed out since there was no previous version of windows... then clicked on advanced, formatted boot camp created disk, and installed
  2. mrmacosx macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2007
    big deal

    big deal... i used a Sony VAIO upgrade disc from my Windows Vista-capable sony vaio.... XDD

    EDIT: oh, go to Computer>System Properties. You'll see that u have 30 days to activate. 'upgrade' vista from vista then enter the serial. THEN will yuo be able to properly activate.
  3. dilson123 macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2008

    im looking at buying vista premium upgrade and doing what you did, can you simply boot from the disc. so after you set up boot camp assistant what do i do?

  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    FWIW all Vista install media is identical in content. The product key differentiates them all.

    So, the only way to perform a clean install of Vista from upgrade media is to install the version you bought without entering your product key. They gives you 30 days to activate and provide your key. You can then simply "upgrade" from this trial license and get a clean install.

  5. Bengt77 macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2002
    Or, just don't be so darn cheap and buy the full version. It's not like it's really expensive, now is it? That way, it will be completely legal, and you won't have to put up with all that irritating extra installation and activation crap. Of course, you will still need to activate your copy, but at least it will work without any hassle.
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Now I was just searching this and what you posted is correct, but this is purchased from a school if you read the original post; Vista is weird is that the volume license is only sold as an upgrade, not as a full install.

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