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Why is the upgrade option  disabled  for vista ultimate

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Hi i am tryink to upgrade a xp ome  to vista ultimate using te upgrade opttion. I get the  message that the that odito is disabled because it does not find a previos version of windos. What is the problem , can i fix it . I do have a/an A+ certification so I have a good idia  what I am doing.
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by:David-Howard
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Just wondering if you've run the upgrade advisor.
I'm curious as to if it detects a Windows version.
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx
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by:jcw20
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Yes and, it says there are not any problems.
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by:Seth_zin
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Are you trying to upgrade to vista ultimate 64bit from Windows XP 32 bit by chance? Because then it won't let you upgrade, however this might not be the case, worth asking though.
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by:jcw20
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No 32 I think I'm preety sure.
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by:Netman66
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Is your XP version legal?

You can check here:

http://www.microsoft.com/genuine/diag/default.aspx

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by:Ryan_R
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Do you need any special Hard Drive drivers for setup to detect the drive containing XP?

I assume you're running Vista setup from within XP - not booting from the DVD
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by:Netman66
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Good point Ryan!

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I have tryed both booting from dvd and, within xp. yes both versions of windows are legal. No I don't need special drivers that i know of. I have an A+ certification and, network+. Thats what confuses me I don't see why that should be disabled.
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by:Netman66
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Is this an OEM version of XP - you cannot upgrade an OEM version.

Post the 3 digit number found on the Properties of My Computer - under Registerd To.  It should look like this:

XXXXX-XXX-XXXXXXX-XXXXX
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by:Alan Henderson
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There's an easy workaround for a CLEAN install of upgrade versions:

http://windowsitpro.com/mobile/pda/Article.cfm?ArticleID=95011&News=1

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by:jcw20
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no this is a full version copy of vista. Iwant to avoid a clean install if posibale.
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by:jcw20
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The  Xp Home came preloaded on the emachine.
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by:jcw20
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I don't think it is oem it does not xxx-oem-xxx-xxx
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by:Netman66
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What number is there?
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by:Netman66
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Your OEM build can only be upgraded with another OEM build.

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by:Netman66
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I've asked for the 3 digits in the center of you product number - when we have those, I can answer your question.
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by:jcw20
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I don't understand what you mean. under mycomputor and properties.
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by:Netman66
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There is a PID there in My Computer>Properties that looks like:  XXXXX-XXX-XXXXXXX-XXXXX

I need the 3 digit number there.
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by:jcw20
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Tis is the only thing I know.
76477-OEM-0011903-00105
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Here are your upgrade options:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/get/upgrade-your-pc-options.aspx

You cannot an OEM version of Vista to upgrade any prior OS.

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This answered some of quation.
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