What upgrade


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Mark A. Sam

Hello,

A client purchased a new laptop, but it came with Vista Home Premium
edition. It should have come with XP Pro. I need to be able to logon to
the network. What version of Vista should I upgrade to. The available
choices were Home Ultimate and Business, maybe Business Ultimate, I'm not
sure. Can I change it to XP Pro?

Also is this the place to get help on how to connect to the network so that
a logon screen comes up?

Thanks for your help

God Bless,

Mark A. Sam
 
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David B.

Log on to WHAT network? A domain? If so you need Vista Business or higher.
You'll have to do research to see if XP drivers are available for the
laptop.
 
M

Mark A. Sam

David,

Yes a domain. In fact the domain displays when I select Network.

Can I upgrade from Home edition to Business? It wasn't clear to me. It
showed upgrading from Home Premiim to Ultimate and from Business to another
Upgrade (I don't recall if it was also called Ultimate).

Thanks for the help.

Mark
 
J

John

If the purchase includes downgrade right to XP Pro, install XP Pro. Contact
the manufacturer if you don't receive XP Pro setup media.
 
M

Mark A. Sam

WHS,

Do you know how to connect to a Windows (I think 2003) network and bring up
a logon screen? That is what I need to do.

I prefer XP Pro becuase it works. My experience with Vista is that it is
extemely slow. And if it gets slower with time like XP does, then it will
become unusable.

As far as Windows 7 is concerned, the client isn't interested in any new
version until the bugs have been worked out. I don't blame him.

Thank you and God Bless,

Mark
 
Z

Zaphod Beeblebrox

Mark A. Sam said:
WHS,

Do you know how to connect to a Windows (I think 2003) network and
bring up a logon screen? That is what I need to do.

I prefer XP Pro becuase it works. My experience with Vista is that
it is extemely slow. And if it gets slower with time like XP does,
then it will become unusable.

As far as Windows 7 is concerned, the client isn't interested in any
new version until the bugs have been worked out. I don't blame him.

Home versions of Windows cannot join a Domain, so you'll have to do
something, whether it is Vista Business (or higher) or XP Pro.
 
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Mark A. Sam

Thank you. Do you know off hand if I can upgrade from Home Edition to
Business?
 
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Zaphod Beeblebrox

Mark A. Sam said:
Thank you. Do you know off hand if I can upgrade from Home Edition
to Business?

Vista Home Basic allows an upgrade to Vista Business. Vista Home
Premium requires a "Custom Installation", in other words, a
reinstallation. See the chart at the bottom of
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932616/en-us

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Arthur Dent, speaking to Trillian about Zaphod:
"So, two heads is what does it for a girl?"
"...Anything else he's got two of?"
 
M

Mark A. Sam

Thank you all for your help. I discovered in the client's server room,
several copies of Vista Business Upgrade. They must have come with some
other units they purchased with XP or planning on upgrading.
 
J

John

whs said:
1. My first question would be: Why do you want to upgrade at all.

OP wants to join a windows server domain. Isn't that obvious?
Vista
Home Premium is what most people use and it works very well. The next
higher editions do have some additional functios, but question is
whether you would even use those.

Home editions can't join a domain.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929543
2. A downgrade to the 8 year old XP is really not something I would
recommend.

For business use, XP Pro is highly recommended (at least at this time). I've
used Vista Business in a Windows Server 2003 domain environment. I'm really
not impressed. One of the problems that I remember off the top of my head is
new folder creation. Users can't see a new folder created on a shared
network folder. They have to refresh to see the New Folder. Yes, I've tried
patching it. Nothing seems to fix the problem. Also, some of our older
software runs 3x slower than it does on XP Pro.

I ended up downgrading it to XP Pro. Why? Because it just works.
 
I

Ian D

Mark A. Sam said:
Thank you. Do you know off hand if I can upgrade from Home Edition to
Business?

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You're probably better off upgrading to Ultimate. You only
need the upgrade edition, which will be much more readily
available in retail channels than Business. Home Premium
and Ultimate are mainstream products, Business is not.
Also, Ultimate has the combined features of both Home and
Business.

Is the 32 or 64 bit version of Home Premium installed?
Most mid to high end laptops now ship with 64 bit Home
Premium. Retail Ultimate comes with both 32 and 64 bit
versions in the box.
 
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Mark A. Sam

I'll try upgrading to Vista Business first. I don't now to get a logon
screen, however or even if I can with this upgrade. My client's son has
Vista and I can map a drive, but his network guy said he needs an upgrade to
logon. It doesn't make sense to me that a lower version can just get on a
network without loggin on.
 
T

Tim Slattery

Mark A. Sam said:
David,

Yes a domain. In fact the domain displays when I select Network.

Can I upgrade from Home edition to Business? It wasn't clear to me. It
showed upgrading from Home Premiim to Ultimate and from Business to another
Upgrade (I don't recall if it was also called Ultimate).

You need to upgrade to either Business or Ultimate. You can upgrade to
either from Home Premium system.
 
M

Mark A. Sam

I tried to upgrade to Business, but couldn't. I could only upgrade from
Home Premium to Ultimate. I Ordered it.
 
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Mark A. Sam

I didn't realize that the logon screen would come up. My client's son has
Home Edition. I thought he had Vista Business. I was able to set him up on
the network by mapping to a network drive. So he can access the drive and
basically do anything he wants to folders or files as far as I know.
 
R

Richard Urban

He has to upgrade to a business class operating system to be able to join a
domain.
 
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