BootCamp with Vista Upgrade- Clean Installation

You’re a legitimate owner of Windows and you’ve purchased the upgrade, but you can’t get Bootcamp to work.  Why?  Because Windows doesn’t have the correct drivers installed to eject the disk.  If you can’t eject the disk, how the heck are you supposed to prove you’re a legitimate owner?!?!    I suppose you can install Windows XP via bootcamp, face some fun driver cleanup issues, and do a lot of extra work to clean up the disk.  Wow, did you ever get screwed! 


Here’s the solution:

Your Windows DVD has all the various versions of the Windows installation files on the DVD.  They judge your installation based on your product key.  Leave the product key blank, uncheck the “Automatically activate Windows when I’m online”, click Next.  Click No, when you are prompted to enter the product key before continuing.  On the setup screen select the correct version of Windows that you purchased (minus the upgrade option of course).  Remember we’re doing a full installation, not an upgrade……Well at the moment anyway. 

Note: Do not run any updates!!!

After the installation and you’ve booted into Vista, pop in your upgrade DVD and choose Vista Upgrade Media.  Enter your legitimate product key through the prompts and choose the Upgrade options.  After the installation has finished, run your updates, activation, etc, etc.

Let me know how this goes.  I’m just recalling this from memory and didn’t do a step by step like I usually do.  Guess I’m getting lazy.


Make sure you do the upgrade from within Windows.  If you boot from the installation disk to do the upgrade, it will not work.

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