An internal document from Microsoft has revealed that there is a workaround that will allow end users to use a Vista Upgrade disc to complete a clean install of the new operating system.
On Monday, we reported that Microsoft would prevent this from happening with Vista
, as it disabled disc checking during the installation. Instead, it required end users to install and activate a copy of Windows XP or Windows 2000 before upgrading to Vista using an upgrade disc.
Paul Thurrott, one of the most well-known Windows experts, has exposed
a workaround that has come from one of the software giant's internal documents and DailyTech
has confirmed that it works.
The process described is as follows:
- Boot to the Windows Vista Upgrade disc and click "Install Now";
- Do not enter your product key when prompted and then select which edition of Vista you have - this installs Windows Vista as a 30-day trial;
- Once the installation is completed, restart the setup programme from within Windows Vista and enter your product key when prompted;
- Choose either an Upgrade or Custom (advanced) install - the latter will complete another fresh install of Vista;
- Once complete, you should be able to activate Vista as normal.
It does sound like a lot of hassle to us, but doesn't look particularly difficult to follow. It's strange that Microsoft left such a strange loophole wide open, but it means that any upgrade DVD can be used as a fully functional retail Vista disc. We wonder how long it'll stay like this though. Let us know your thoughts in the forums