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    Hello,

    My bro goes to IUPUI college which offers Vista Ultimate for $20 and Office 2007 Enterprise for $27. Crazy deal, right? Well, I want to install it on my laptop, which passes the Windows Upgrade Advisor. One problem I see is that I only have a 60gb hard drive. What I am wondering is that if i buy a 250gb 2.5" ide drive for my laptop, can I just put it in and put in the Vista disk? If not, would I have to somehow pre-format it? I am fairly sure that the Vista they offer is a Clean Install, but if it's the Upgrade version, will I have to install XP from an old disk on the new hard drive; then install Vista over it?

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    Aside from licensing compliance of the school...

    Yes..plop in a new hard drive (compatible with the laptop)..boot from the CD..all of the format and partition tools you need to install have been including on the Windows CD since Windows 98. Just boot from the CD first..and follow the instrux.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    Aside from licensing compliance of the school...
    Is that just about how it's my brother's license technically, and it won't be used for school?

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    i have bad news. it turns out the version is ultimate UPGRADE. bah. does the trick actually work on upgrade versions, or do i have to install an xp version quickly before doin vista?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CgMbSax22 View Post
    i have bad news. it turns out the version is ultimate UPGRADE. bah. does the trick actually work on upgrade versions, or do i have to install an xp version quickly before doin vista?
    Boot off the DVD and choose Clean Install, but don't enter your serial # and un-check "activate when I'm online."

    Install Vista, and once you're done, run the setup.exe off the DVD from within Windows and choose upgrade. Enter your serial # this time, and it will upgrade the installation (takes a while).

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    well. i still have to buy the vista. and a new hard drive.

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    so i ordered the hard (250gb internal 2.5" pata) for 130. it should be here by the end of the week. i gave my brother the money for vista ultimate upgrade, which he will pick up this week. i will just update this to see if all goes well in the end

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