Install Vista over blocked XP

  GBL 17:50 22 Mar 2008

Can I install Vista (not upgarade) onto a PC with a blocked XP, if so will it save all the files etc that are already on it. When I say blocked it is one of those activation codes that has been blocked by MS. Rather than pay £95 for the genuine version I would prefer to go for Vista.

  Strawballs 18:04 22 Mar 2008

I can only suggest you phone MS

  GBL 18:29 22 Mar 2008

Yes I thought of that but wondered if anyone knew the answer. I can't see the pont of paying for XP when Vista is out.

  alan2273 18:42 22 Mar 2008

Buy the Vista DVD and format your hard drive with it then do a fresh install.
By formatting your hard drive you will be wiping the blocked Xp OS from it.

  GBL 18:50 22 Mar 2008

Don't want to do that I want to keep the existing files etc, which i know you can do if you install Vista over XP, but don't know if can do that over a blocked version.

  Jak_1 18:55 22 Mar 2008

Suggest backing up your files first! This is something that should be done anyway, you never know when the pc will crash resulting in data loss. Then do a full install of Vista.

  GBL 19:03 22 Mar 2008

So are you saying that it can be done??

  Jak_1 19:05 22 Mar 2008

Just back up your files to cd's/dvd's or an ext hdd and then do the install.

  Technotiger 19:08 22 Mar 2008

I would suggest that after first checking that the files you want to keep are Vista compatible, save them to an external media, preferable a USB hard-drive, ready to put into your new Vista. Then reformat your drive and install Vista.

  GBL 19:12 22 Mar 2008

Yes but it is things like forgotten passwords to some data, otherwise a format woi8ld be no trouble.

  Technotiger 19:23 22 Mar 2008

Download and Install click here then look up your passwords and make a note of them all. In PC Wizard click on Configuration and then on the Keys icon.

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