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 PostPost subject: Upgrading Vista        Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:34 pm 
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I've got a laptop with Vista Home Basic that came on it. I can get Business free from MSDNAA with college. Just wondering, can I upgrade the OS without losing all my stuff, without repartitioning/formatting/etc...?

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 10:08 pm 
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I think yes, but before you do this make a Image from your Basic.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Sun Jun 17, 2007 11:04 pm 
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OK. Thanks. I'll try and do that.

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Wouldn't this fall under the Windows Anytime Upgrade? I would think so, but I'm not sure.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:06 pm 
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Yes, i think you could use Windows Anytime Upgrade for this, so you wouldn't have to reinstall at all.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 12:50 am 
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Isn't the Anytime Upgrade only for when you buy an upgrade from Home Basic to Business or whatever, not for when you have a full version of a better version? When you go through the control panel for it, you have to go to the website where you buy the upgrade and download something after purchase to make it work.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 2:01 am 
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Seems that's right actually. This is what it says on the MS website:
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To upgrade to another edition of Windows Vista, you must purchase the upgrade online

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 4:51 am 
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I'm at the moment downloading Vista as we speak, I get it completely free because I'm a Computing student. If I couldn't get it free, I wouldn't be getting it. Anyway, from what you've said, I can gather that I can, in fact, install the Business version on top of the Home Basic, on an upgrade basis, and not subjecting my laptop's hard disk to blitzkrieg?

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I have not had much experience with Vista, I am quite happy with XP on my little laptop. But, I would say in theory you should be able to upgrade to that version of Business, since Home Basic is pretty useless and Business is better. Like they way you can upgrade XP home to XP Pro using the Pro CD. I am not really sure, though. Good luck anyway.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 5:07 am 
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marktuson wrote:
I'm at the moment downloading Vista as we speak, I get it completely free because I'm a Computing student. If I couldn't get it free, I wouldn't be getting it.

Yes, computing students are very lucky - I know some at my uni, and they get Vista Biz and also I think Server 2003 for free, as well as things like Visual Studio. No genuine discs or anything though, just licence keys I think.

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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Tue Jun 19, 2007 8:53 am 
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Real CDs and DVDs of a few things are available at media-only prices. Eg: Windows XP Pro. at £10!

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[jealous rage] I hate you! :P ;) I've heard that it's even possible to get more than one key for Vista too, and you'll probably get Server '08! :evil:

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You're not supposed to know about that! Yes, it's true... :D .


But I have no use for that one.

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