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Can i use a Windows Home Premium Upgrade key with a Full version DVD?

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April 2, 2009 5:16:44 PM

It's better to use the full version product key that's listed on the DVD case.
April 2, 2009 5:41:02 PM

WR2 said:
It's better to use the full version product key that's listed on the DVD case.


I should specify...

I have the full one installed on a separate computer, and i can't install the upgrade version on the computer i want to use the upgrade key on...


Would it work fine? Or will it be hours of pain that will ultimately leave me returning the upgrade version and buying a full copy...
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April 2, 2009 5:52:06 PM
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Did the upgrade version install but wouldnt let you enter the upgrade key?
And you have the computer running OK with the 30 day evaluation trial version?

You can manually enter the upgrade key.
Turn off User Account Controls and reboot into Vista - connect to the internet.

Press Win+R keyboard shortcut to open command prompt.

Type and enter the following command in command prompt to change the product key:
cscript C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ipk <upgrade product key>

Type and enter the following command to activate Windows Vista online:
cscript C:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato

Type and enter the following command in command prompt to check and verify the activation result:
cscript c:\windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -dlv

You should see that your Windows Vista has been activated.

April 2, 2009 6:11:58 PM

I have an unvalidated version of XP Professional running. I attempted to install the upgrade version. But it fails. I get passed copy files fine. Then it gets roughly 20% into expanding files. Restarts, trys to run setup fails and locks up in a black screen... I guess this switched to a complete different question....
April 2, 2009 6:15:31 PM

That probably doesn't identify the problem well. But, not sure what kind of information i should send. My Specs?
April 2, 2009 7:14:09 PM

Im not sure I know how to work around that problem.
April 3, 2009 8:10:13 AM

I'm an idiot. I figured it out heh. Booting from cd is the way to go (I was installing in XP and it was failing ... should of just remembered to boot the dvd.)... install trial... install update.... everythings working fine and dandy... Thanks for the help anyways WR2... :) 
April 3, 2009 2:59:33 PM

lazyzombie said:
Booting from cd is the way to go
It never crossed my mind that you weren't already doing that. ;) 
January 27, 2012 11:19:57 PM

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January 27, 2012 11:27:10 PM

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