Upgrade Vista Basic to Ultimate

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by rbendorf, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. rbendorf

    rbendorf MDL Novice

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    I have a question. I have a new Acer Aspire 5610Z laptop that came with Vista Basic installed...so I assume that the bios is already updated. If that is the case, can I just reinstall my OEM version of Vista Ultimate? Will it automatically activate? Thanks.
     
  2. shaba230

    shaba230 MDL Novice

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    this is the same question (sort of) that i have. Can someone please respond to this thread or mine about the Sony Vaio
     
  3. ezhik

    ezhik MDL Junior Member

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    Almost...

    The way I find it works is like this. The BIOS is already up to date and doesn't need a mod, so all that is required is to find the certificate that corresponds with your manufacturer. Install Ultimate, then go through the process of applying the Ultimate key and the certificate, instructions for doing that are already posted here.

    I have already done this with both an ASUS and a Dell laptop that both came with Vista Home pre-installed. I reformatted, installed Ultimate, applied the appropriate certificate and the Ultimate key and they both activated without any modded BIOS, so I don't see why it shouldn't work the same with Acer.
     
  4. Yen

    Yen Admin
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    I totally agree. This should work!
     
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  5. shaba230

    shaba230 MDL Novice

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    great, thank you guys very much!!!
     
  6. obisan

    obisan MDL Novice

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    thank also for the answer
     
  7. birdbrain24

    birdbrain24 MDL Novice

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    Could you please tell me where the instructions are already posted to please?
     
  8. Mr Been

    Mr Been MDL Member

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    #8 Mr Been, Mar 15, 2008
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    Hello all,

    perhaps you could post the $OEM$ folder in the SOURCES folder from your REAL Vista OEM DVD's in this thread, to say THANK YOU :
    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/1642

    That would be really helpfull and support this forum

    THANK YOU
     
  9. urie

    urie Moderator
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    If you actually have vista home premium dvd just make an ISO of it with ultraiso then change PID.TXT file in sources to Ultimate number, then burn DVD this should work for most but i know for Dell it also has PID.TXT file in Boot.wim Image 2 and that has to be edited also but would take to long to explain how to that , try searching on google.
     
  10. Sabresite

    Sabresite MDL Member

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    I am trying to finish up my Vista Universal DVD, which will let you upgrade vista from any version for a manufacturer. Right now though, the easiest way is to do a clean install of vista ultimate trial. Then get the certificate and a universal SLP key. then you use slmgr.vbs to insert them.

    If you have trouble, once my primary computer is up again, I can upload a batch file to do it automatically. In the meanwhile, install ultimate without a product key so that you are ready.
     
  11. Sabresite

    Sabresite MDL Member

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    Update: Tested with an Acer Aspire 5610-4491 Laptop - Activates automatically after the certificate and Ultimate SLP key is inserted using slgmgr.vbs.
     
  12. kalidav

    kalidav MDL Novice

    Jun 21, 2007
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    Wow, that's another pretty big loophole imo.
     
  13. machunter46

    machunter46 MDL Novice

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    And if were to have:
    1. A dell machine that shipped with home something
    2. A dell cd that shipped with another machine that shipped with Ultimate??

    Format disk, install using the dell ultimate cd and do anything else??
     
  14. leibovitch

    leibovitch MDL Novice

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    Not really... it makes it much easier for the PC makers to ship different Vista editions, and anyway, if you have a machine like this, you have already paid for Vista. You are "semi-legal" ;)

    Did the same move on a Dell, needed to use a different DVD (the "anytime upgrade" from my HP) and it works atreat.

    The HP though still needs to use Vistaloader because of some thing that happened to the bios that killed the SLIC. Pisses me off because it has a legal license of Premium but I need to use the pirate version because it thinks pirate :mad:
     
  15. Energy Recruitment

    Energy Recruitment MDL Novice

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    hi,
    GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor

    512 MB of system memory

    20 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space

    Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory

    DVD-ROM drive

    Audio Output

    Internet access (fees may apply)

    Additional requirements
    Actual requirements and product functionality may vary based on your system configuration. Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor can help you determine which features and edition of Windows Vista will run on your computer.

    While all editions of Windows Vista can support multiple core CPUs, only Windows Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise can support dual processors.