Can you accidently downgrade Home Premium to Home Basic?

DPT1976

Novice Member
My friend has recently purchased an Acer laptop form Ebuyer and has had problems trying to authenticate his copy of Vista. He has bought it into work today for me to have a look out and after phone calls to Microsoft and Acer we have established that he has Home Basic installed but his CD-key is for Home Premium which is what his laptop should have installed.

Acer seem to think that he must of somehow installed Basic over Premium which to me seems unlikely and they are trying to charge £50 to sort it.

I personally have no experince with Vista and his laptop only came with a Windows Anytime Upgrade cd so is there anyway that he could of accidently downgraded his version of Vista?
 

treacle

Active Member
When installing Vista, one page shows a list of Vista systems,you MUST select the Premium OS if you ignore it, its default is Basic.
 

DPT1976

Novice Member
When installing Vista, one page shows a list of Vista systems,you MUST select the Premium OS if you ignore it, its default is Basic.

The laptop had Vista pre-installed when it was purchased. Would this still of had the list of systems to select?
 

DPT1976

Novice Member
I guess my friend is stuffed then as it sounds like he has messed it up himself and his laptop doesn't have a Vista cd with it.

If we can get a copy of Vista will the supplied CD-key still work or does he need to buy another license?
 

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