Windows Vista install problem

I own a copy of Windows XP from Virtual PC. I therefore qualify to purchase an upgrade copy of Vista, which I did. Since I am a Mac person I assumed that I would simply be asked, upon installation, to provide my old product ID. In the Microsoft world this does not happen. The install disc looks for the previous version. When it can't find one the install essentially stops. I was able to install Vista by ignoring the request for the product ID but then I could not Activate the copy. It works fine but it will cease to work in 30 days. Has anyone had experience with this type of thing? There should be some way around this type of thing. Reading Microsoft user posts it appears that clean installs can only be done from non-upgrade copies. I cannot install my copy of xp first since it does not have SP2 as part of it. I know that I can theoretically slipstream a copy but that seems like a lot of hassle.

Thanks for posting your solution. I had everything working beautifully in Boot Camp partition using VMware Fusion, but felt I needed VM's future tech support. In forum discussion and email support w/VM tech supp. learned that VM doesn't support Vista Home because MS doesn't support it through 3rd party, so I used Home's upgrade advisor and found that the only easly instll was upgrading to Ultimate. Tried to install Ultimate upgrade and got message that partition was too small. Long story short, had to erase Macbk Pro's HD and reinstall from Time Machine, which worked great. Boot Camp finally allowed new partition and I used your solution to install. However, I had to load the Home because Boot Camp couldn't find drivers on the Ultimate upgrade. Still, your work around helped. Problems I'm now encountering is that VM can't find the Boot Camp Partition as it did previously. Any ideas there? I can find the Boot Camp drive, but the "open" button stays grayed out. When I go to VM's HD it says 0 GG which doesn't make sense. I'll post a new topic, but I did appreciate your posting.

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