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Moving to Windows 8.1 Query

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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1

    Moving to Windows 8.1 Query


    I've been running Vista Ultimate SP2 for the past few years, mainly for support of Complete PC Backup and Restore and SUA applications.

    Now I'm facing a dilemma. My system disk failed, but luckily I had a recent Complete PC Backup volume and simply used that to restore to a new disk using Complete PC Restore yesterday. However, I'm now getting an activation message message because of the new disk. It's saying it will activate automatically in 3 days; whether it will actually do that or not and subsequently quit working is my dilemma.

    Only other option is upgrade to Win 8 Pro. Does that offer a similar product to Vista's Complete PC Backup and Restore?

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


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    Why are you hesitating to active your Vista? If there are any problems just follow the activate by phone path, though there should not be any problem.
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    Posts : 13
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Why are you hesitating to active your Vista? If there are any problems just follow the activate by phone path, though there should not be any problem.
    Actually, this laptop (Toshiba P205-S3607) came with Vista Home Premium pre-installed in 2008. The following month I upgraded to Vista Ultimate.

    I tried to enter that upgrade key Tuesday, but system said it was good for upgrades only. I subsequently contacted Microsoft support of this, but they want 100 quid for a new key. I think that money would be better spent on re-installing old disk, which is still somewhat functional, and upgrading to Win 8 from there if drive will last that long and then backup that drive and restore to new drive.

    In the meantime, I'm waiting to see what happens tomorrow, which is when system indicates auto-activation will occur.
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    Look at this tutorial by Shawn Brink: Clean Install From Upgrade Vista
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Look at this tutorial by Shawn Brink: Clean Install From Upgrade Vista
    Thanks for the link. but instructions provided by it are irrelevant in my situation.

    To perform a bare metal system restore using Vista "Complete PC Restore" do this:
    1. Connect a disk drive containing the latest "Complete PC Backup" image available to a USB port on your machine
    2. Boot from Windows installation DVD, follow instruction explicitly and select "Complete PC Restore" menu option

    This will start the installation process of the backup image which will take approximately 20 minutes for a USB 3.0 port; longer, obviously on a USB 2.0 port.

    What's missing in all of this is any reference to product keys or Windows activation processes.

    For the record, the key phrase here, should be:
    • Windows Activation Wizard

    This morning, my computer properties window presented a link to that, I followed instructions explicitly and now my system is fully activated.

    What a bunch of rubbish.

    I just hope others will see this post so they won't have to go through what I've had to endure for the past three days.

    That said, I still plan to upgrade soon to Windows 8.1 Pro, as soon as Intel release a driver for my display device. BTW, I read that you can't upgrade directly to Win8 from Vista. Is this correct?
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