I was bored yesterday. I decided (for whatever reason I am not sure) to upgrade my Win XP based laptop to Vista Home Premium. I followed the instructions explicitly provided by my laptop manufacturer Toshiba.
For the most part, the install went well. As part of preparing for installing Vista, all of the utilities that were XP-based were uninstalled. The DVD burning software was uninstalled. When it was removed, Windows XP decided I didn't have a DVD drive anymore. I even lost reference to the drive letter :shrug: .
It took about 3 hours to figure out a workaround. :wall: :wall:
They say a Vista install takes from 3 to 6 hours. Including my adventures with the stupid DVD drive letter, I spent between 8 and 10 hours installing this new OS.
I did figure out how to turn off the User Account Control.
There are several methods to do this. I chose to use the Registry Editor.
Using Registry Editor
1. Run Registry Editor by typing "regedit" in Start Search or command prompt.
2. In Registry Editor, navigate to the following registry key:
3. Locate the following DWORD registry subkey in the right pane:
4. Right click and choose modify or double click on EnableLUA to modify the setting. On valud prompt, set the new value to 0.
5. Exit from Registry Editor.
6. Restart the computer.
To enable the UAC again, simply change back the value of EnableLUA to 1.