Dominic Payer
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Re: Cannot Activiate Vista Product Key Number
Posted: 01-07-2009, 10:01 AM
From David's original post it is clear he has a valid XP Home licence, but
only a restore disk and not an XP installation disk. The workround is
intended for those in his position, to avoid the need to restore to XP and
then upgrade to Vista.

If David had known the method, it would have been easy for him to run two
consecutive installs as required. If he does an upgrade install with his key
now he will need to re-apply Vista updates - not really a problem if he has
broadband, but if he can only get dial-up net access it would be a great
loss of time, particularly if, as is likely, he needed to apply SP1.

It is correct to say, as pointed out in the posts you reference, that
although an activated Vista installation can be achieved with only an
upgrade version of Vista the resulting installation is not legally licensed.



"Carey Frisch" <cnfrisch@nospamgmail.com> wrote in message
news:OUfqGRIcJHA.1184@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
> The fact that one can work around a technical limitation doesn’t make the
> practice legal.
>
> See:
>
> The Vista license “loophole” that isn’t
> http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=420
>
> and
>
> More nonsense about Vista upgrades
> http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=1909
>
>
> "John Dearing" <John.Dearing@VerYOURPANTSizon.net> wrote in message
> news:eMBD6HIcJHA.572@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
>> Carey Frisch wrote:
>>> Sorry, but you are incorrect. Windows Genuine Advantage will likely
>>> flag this method as non-genuine because there is no qualifying Windows
>>> XP
>>> license.
>>>
>>>
>>> "John Dearing" <John.Dearing@VerYOURPANTSizon.net> wrote in message
>>> news:epbfccFcJHA.1188@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
>>>> Carey Frisch wrote:
>>>>> You'll have to purchase a "full version" license for the edition of
>>>>> Windows Vista you installed.
>>>>
>>>> NO, he most certainly doesn't.
>>
>> Carey,
>>
>> please see:
>>
>> http://www.windowssecrets.com/2008/0...d-in-Vista-SP1
>>
>> as well as
>>
>> http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase...rade_clean.asp
>>
>> as well as other sites that all have reported that this behavior by the
>> Vista installation process is indeed deliberately programmed that way by
>> Microsoft.
>>
>> As the original poster noted, he has a legal license for Windows Vista
>> (as an upgrade from XP).
>>
>> Windows Vista Upgrade is capable of upgrading from any "qualifying
>> product" which besides Windows XP also includes Vista itself. Apparently,
>> Microsoft foresaw possible problems with upgrades and built in a way to
>> allow an upgrade disk to install over top of itself.
>>
>> Genuine Advantage will only look to see that the *currently running*
>> version of Windows is genuine. It has no way of knowing if a previously
>> installed version of Windows was genuine or not.
>>
>> This method in Vista installation has been used by many people without
>> any activation or Genuine Advantage problems.
>>
>> John
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John Dearing
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Re: Cannot Activiate Vista Product Key Number
Posted: 01-07-2009, 11:42 PM
Carey Frisch wrote:
> The fact that one can work around a technical limitation doesn’t make
> the practice legal.
>
> See:
>
> The Vista license “loophole” that isn’t
> http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=420
>
> and
>
> More nonsense about Vista upgrades
> http://www.edbott.com/weblog/?p=1909
Carey,

I think you missed the part I wrote about someone using this method of
installation to avoid properly using their copy of Vista. Any use of
Upgrade media to to a full install without having a previous, properly
licensed copy of Windows would be illegal as well as unethical.

I fully agree with you that *any* other use of this method is unethical
and probably illegal.

Getting back to the original posters situation. He had a properly
licensed version of Windows XP. He was properly qualified for an
upgrade. Due to problems with his machine, he needs to reinstall his
upgrade version of Vista.

His use of this way to install Vista is perfectly proper *in this case*
because he is simply continuing to use his properly licensed Vista
upgrade. He is just simply using an alternative way of reinstalling it.
That's all.


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