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    Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    When I first got this machine, it came with Home Premium on it, along with a bunch of other stuff I don't need. THrough student discount I've been able to get Ultimate for $59, so I want to go back to a clean disk and start over.

    Will my Home Premium drivers work with Ultimate> And, this drive has more than one partition, so will I be able to choose the (current) Windows partition, format it and then install Ultimate?

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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    Yes and yes.

    For the first question: check your hardware's manufacturer websites for the latest drivers anyway. It would take time, but it may boost your computer performance.

    For the second question: boot from Installation DVD, select Advanced option and choose the partition you want.
    If you have an Upgrade version of Vista Ultimate DVD, see How to Clean Install Windows Vista with Upgrade Media

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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    Chuck,
    I see kaplinb answered your questions but....

    >>>THrough student discount

    You are STILL a student? Just kidding, kiddo! <img src=/S/clown.gif border=0 alt=clown width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    Bob/kaplinb:

    Well it's certainly been an interesting last day or so. Yes Bob, I take classes in areas that are of interest or that I find a need for, and since they allow geriatrics, I'm home free!

    I had a terrible time trying to install the upgrade to "Ultimate. I had problems just installing the upgrade, so then I decided to install XP and go from there.

    I couldn't get XP to see the internet at all. The Control Panel showed me only with a 1394 (?) internet connection, and no IP. So, I never actually got it running, because the upgrade couldn't connect to the internet.

    Since I was certainly in over my head I thought I'd call HP. They said that they wouldn't support XP on a my machine since it came with Vista.

    I was able to restore my Vista Home Premium backup image, which works fine.

    So for now, I'm kinda screwed. If I can't get on the internet with Ultimate, I guess it'll have to wait. Pooh!


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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    Well, I wouldn't think that "drivers" would be a problem if you're already running Vista Home Premium. If the drive is big enough, why don't you create a second partition, boot from your NEW Vista Ultimate DVD and dual boot it onto this new partition. If that works and you get up and running, you can always (later) remove the Home Premium, leaving yourself with only the Ultimate. For my money, I wouldn't be without Vista Boot Pro, so I think I'd install that first.

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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    Al:
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    I wouldn't be without Vista Boot Pro, so I think I'd install that first.
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    I'm not sure I understand.

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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    Vista Boot Pro?
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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    (Thanks Joe!)

    1) Yes, I'd get a copy and install Vista Boot Pro so that it'll be there when you finish the following.
    2) Make an additional (new) partition and make sure it gets a drive letter and that you can "see" it OK.
    3) Boot your machine with the Ultimate DVD and tell it to install to that new partition.

    Hopefully, when you get finished and both Ultimate and Premium are verifiably working, you can choose Ultimate with Vista Boot Pro, tell it that Ultimate is your only OS and then blow away Premium.

    Although I've done one "close" to the above, it wasn't exactly like this, so the usual precaution: backup, backup...

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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    Doc, the upgrade I got to "Ultimate" is just that, an upgrade. It requires Home Premium (or some other copy) to even install, doesn't it?

    And, when I downloaded it, it actually came in three files: boot.wim, install.wim, and X14-63452.exe.

    Can I load the three onto a DVD, and then, when installing, it'll find the Home Premium without having to install in the same partition?

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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    And I did download Vista Boot Pro.

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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    <hr>... the upgrade I got to "Ultimate" is just that, an upgrade. It requires Home Premium (or some other copy) to even install ... <hr>
    I think you just answered your own original question, Chuck. I think you now need to forget everything I said and run the EXE file you downloaded and see what happens. I still would make sure ahead of time that you have a good, full backup! I have no experience with what you got and from wherever you got it. If it's an UPGRADE I think you're stuck with just running it and letting it do its thing. And, I would still hope that DRIVERS should not be a concern here...

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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    Not sure of this but I wonder if this works like doing a clean install of any other Windows version using an "upgrade" copy?

    When it doesn't "see" another version already there, it asks for for a CD or floppy from the older version temporarily, to verify that you did indeed have Windows installed. <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    And then of course there is this method . <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Partitions & Drivers (Home Premium > Ultimate)

    Yeah, Al, backup backup backup!

    It's from
    http://store.digitalriver.com/servlet/Cont...S&SiteID=msshus

    If you're a student, it's open to you as well!

    Well, I'll just back everything up, and then give it a shot.

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