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Jerms1080
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:52 am    Post subject: Why XP full? Reply with quote

I recently purchased my mini, and went to install XP for some of my web design software and discovered... I own an upgrade disc not a full version...
So after cursing the computer gods for an hour or so, I figured I would ask those who may know better or at least why? Is there any way around this mess, without shelling out 150 for old software, or 400 for new design software? Or at least why a full version is required?

Thanx!!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS... am computer literate and am willing to try a few things that my seem difficult or trying to most. I am not on any deadlines right now and have the time to experiment with some alternative options. I have all my data backed-up onto an external an have access to a G4, so fire away
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 2:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Searching around using Google comes up with a couple of kludgy methods for getting the job done.
A link to one such hack.
http://forum.onmac.net/archive/index.php/t-950.html

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 1:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK... I made it work, I am actually writing this from inside Windows XP. I will fill everyone in on how to sidestep this issue very easily. With the right equipment, or even some of the wrong equipment that you just make work, anyone with mid to low level understanding of hardware can do this.

Okay first things first you need:

1. An external CD drive (or a spare internal one and and external IDE drive) that plugs in via USB... This is very important, I spent an hour trying to get my Firewire drive to work when I realized XP doesn't support Firewire on its own

2. An upgrade version of your choice XP, XP Pro, Vista, etc..

3. An older version of Windows (for XP I know it can go back as far as Win95, Vista will probobly be 98 or me)

4. A strong disire to succeed... Uh... or something like that

Ok, set up your partition in Bootcamp, and follow along like normal until you get to the rebooting part. At this point plug in your USB drive but don't put your old version of Windows in yet.

Once you are ready there(the USB), place your Upgrade ver of Windows into your main drive and follow the rest of bootcamp through the reboot.

Once Rebooted "Windows Setup" should load. (By the way if you have a digital display as I do you may not be able to see the button you need to push when you come to a licence agreement. Push F8 ) Once you get passed the license agreement page Windows XP will ask you for a verifying copy of a previous Windows version...

At this point you cross every finger and pray to the Computer Gods for favor on this day. Place your previous ver of Windows into the USB drive and press enter. From there it's smooth sailing...

PS- DON"T FORGET TO FORMAT THE DRIVE PARTIONED DRIVE THROUGH WINDOWS SETUP!!! That cost me another hour or more.

I found out that there are less legal ways to get copies of previous ver of Windows that don't cost a dime and if done right it will work, but that's up to you to figure out...

GOOD LUCK!!! And let me know if anyone else gets the same results using this method
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a little trick with Vista upgrade disks people might not know about. When Vista asks for a serial number you can uncheck activate automatically and click next to continue along. It will then ask you if you want to put a serial number in click no (better read it just in case I'm wrong it might be yes you need to click Wink). After that just select whichever version of Vista you bought and continue the installation. You'll probably want to do an immediate reinstall from inside Windows this time using your serial number or you can just keep using it for 60-90 days. Basically what this does is installs windows in demo mode first but the thing is that if you look at the windows vista box you can upgrade to Vista from...you guessed it Vista. Smile So essentially anyone can install from the upgrade version instead of the full one.
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