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Upgrading from Vista Basic to Vista Pro

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My mother in law has Vista Basic on her computer. I have an unused copy of Vista Pro. Can I just type in a new Key, or do I have to do an "Upgrade" install from a Pro disk?
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post #2 of 5
You will need to do a upgrade as there are things on vista pro that arnt on vista basic hope this helps
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You should be able to utilize the Anytime Upgrade option from either the Windows Install disk or from the control panel and since you already have a legitimate key you should just be able to enter the new key in once it asks for it, and you shouldn't lose any data on the drive BUT as usual MAKE BACKUPS just to be certain.
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Thanks. I tried to just enter the new key and it would not let me (says wrong version).
When I try the anytime upgrade, it just brings me to a MS website that tries to get me to upgrade to 7, It says "Windows Vista Anytime Upgrade is no longer available").

I guess I will have to get the disk to do it then. Oh well.
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Hopefully everything works out for you..
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