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Cannot upgrade Acer Aspire M1640 from Vista Home Premium to Business

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Hi Experts,

Have recently purchased 3 x Acer Aspire M1640 Machines with Vista Home Premium on them. Need to upgrade them all to Vista Business however can't get them to go.

Home Premium loads OK from default and everything works ok. Bang in the Vista Business Upgrade DVD and it then can't find the SATA Drives. Have installed a second IDE HDD on the IDE Interface and it can see that OK. Have downloaded all the drivers from Acer's Web-Site for the Vista SP1 and loaded all of them on to the IDE HDD. Have then done 'Load Driver' on the Vista Install screen and pointed to the drivers on the IDE HDD, it finds the drivers OK however when going back to 'Choose Where to Install Vista" and refreshing the drives list it still only shows up the IDE HDD and says "There is not enough room on the C:\ drive (140gb free! showing from Vista Home Premium).

I've found lost of solutions for down-grading the machine to XP using Nlite however nothing much for Upgrading to a different version of Vista. What about vLite, do you think that would be a solution. Surely if runnning Vista Business setup from within Vista Home Premium and pointing to the drivers on the IDE HDD isn't recognising the drives then surely putting them onto the Vista Install disk isn't going to do the trick either or will it ?

Under the BIOS screen there's no option to change the SATA Mode :(

Any ideas anyone, pulling hair out here!

Cheers!
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by:MDIRECT
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I have a Backup Exec System Recovery 8.01 system boot disk, when I boot from this disk at first the SATA drives are not visible however when I choose "Install Drivers" and point to the drivers from the Acer web site on the IDE HDD they load OK and then the SATA Drives become visible.

Would therefore seem to be a problem specifically with Vista Installation ?  This is even more strange because the Beckup Exec System Recovery boot disk loads what seems to be something very similr to a vista environment with he vista walpaper etc (obviously a cut-down version but it looks very vista-like and has the same yellow progress indicator please wait... on boot-up).

Hope somebody can shed some light on this one!  
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It is probably loading VISTA PE 2.

I would also check your BIOS to se if you can put the SATA drives in ATA mode.

I would also see if there are any older or newer drivers that may work better.


I hope this helps !
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OK, found a solution finally. Downgraded to XP SP2 first then used the same Vista disk to do an upgrade (although the upgrade was greyed out so performed a clean re-install which is what i wanted anyway). Vista then recognised the HDD using the identical drivers which wouldn't work when booted form the Vista Disk!

Weird or what!

Anyway, all sorted now, thanks All
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