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  • Question

  • I upgraded from Vista Business to Vista Ultimate using the Anytime Upgrade DVD.  I don't have a CD Key for the upgrade and I don't recall needing one when I upgraded.

     I'm trying to restore Vista after a system crash. I used the Vista Business CD Key -first with the Anytime CD and then with the Business CD. In both cases the key failed with this  message:  "to use the product key you entered start the installation from your existing version of Windows.  I have the option to leave the key blank, but that only permits a clean install not a reinstall.  Any suggestions?  Thanks...

    Sunday, July 1, 2007 12:38 AM

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  • I'm in the same boat and getting the same error.  Did you solve the issue?





    Sunday, July 8, 2007 10:15 PM
  • Try this:

    Error message when you try to use a Windows Anytime Upgrade product key during a clean installation of Windows Vista: "To use the product key you entered, start the installation from your existing version of Windows"



    A list of Microsoft Knowledge Base articles is available to help you troubleshoot error messages that you may receive when you use the Windows Anytime Upgrade feature to upgrade Windows Vista.


    Tuesday, July 10, 2007 3:44 AM
  • garan,

    I did solve the problem.  Since my Vista Business CD was an upgrade I had to go back and install XP, Then Vista Business, then the Ultimate upgrade.  The error wasn't related to the Ultimate upgrade - it was caused by trying to install an upgrade when the "upgraded from" file had been removed from the system.  ... djcate

    Saturday, July 14, 2007 8:24 PM