Windows Vista Recovery Upgrade

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I wanted to know if this would work:
I am about to purchase an HP notebook that comes with Vista Home Premium. One of the options available to purchase is the recovery discs. HP gives me 3 choices:

1. Vista Home Premium for $19.
2. Vista Business for $19.
3. Vista Ultimate for $19.

what would happen if I bought the notebook with Vista Home Premium installed as well as the recovery discs for Ultimate, and then used those recovery discs to upgrade from Premium to Ultimate permanently? would that work? Would I get an error message? Theories are nice but I would like to know if anyone has actually tried it. Thanks.
 

alwrmc

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I believe it works like this. When you purchase Vista, the disc that comes to you is priced for the version of Vista that you paid for. You can use that same disc to upgrade from say Vista Home Premium to Vista Ultimate by simply using/installing from the same disc but it will cost the difference between the two versions and will require a new activation. You would NOT be able to retain the "old" version and continure using it.
This is not a theory, it is the way the Microsoft Vista installation/upgrade is explaned on their site.
 

JohnWill

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You can create the recovery disks from the recovery partition on your machine, it's cheaper than buying them from HP. :) There is a utility on the laptop that creates them.
 

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HP isn't going to give you a free upgrade. They're not going to ship Vista Ultimate restore disks if you only paid for Vista Home Premium. You'd probably get an error submitting the order.
 
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