Microsoft is changing a
long-standing tradition when it comes to upgrading from a previous version of
Windows to Windows Vista. When using an upgrade CD, popping in a previous version disc during setup will no longer satisfy the people in Redmond.
For example, when performing a clean install of Windows XP
Professional using an upgrade CD, users would run through the normal setup
routine until prompted to insert a previous version of Windows. A user could
pop in a Windows 98 or Windows 2000 CD for upgrade compliance and then the
setup routine would move along as usual.
Microsoft has cut out this process for Windows Vista and
forces users who buy an upgrade CD to actually have a valid
install of Windows XP Home or Professional on their machines before upgrading.
For most users, this wouldn't be a problem. They more than likely
have an existing copy of Windows XP installed and would have no problems
upgrading to Windows Vista with an upgrade CD.
But for do-it-yourselfers who buy a Vista upgrade CD and think
that they can easily perform a clean install whenever they feel free are going
to run into the road block. In this case, the road block means that users
wanting to perform
a clean install with a Vista upgrade CD will have to:
1) Install a genuine copy of Windows XP Home/Professional2) Activate Windows XP through Microsoft3) Upgrade to Windows Vista from within Windows XP
So if you plan on saving money by using a Vista upgrade CD instead
of purchasing a full copy, be aware that you’re have a few extra steps involved
before booting to the Vista desktop for the first time. If you don’t want to
deal with the hassle, you’re going to have to pony up for a full copy of Vista.
quote: might have to have had to call
quote: That alone could be enough for me to suggest to everyone I know to forget the upgrade path and to buy the complete version of Windows Vista.
quote: I don't see how this is an issue. You should always have a validated install of Windows on the computer.
quote: I feel sorry for those that are buying OEM. If the disk becomes corrupt, MS doesn't replace OEM disks, only the OEM can replace the disk. So, if you buy OEM from Newegg and add on the extended warranty, your back to the retail price.
quote: I hated the fact I had to install 3.1 before actually installing 95 after every format
quote: You can upgrade in-place, which means you can install Windows Vista and retain your applications, files, and settings as they were in your previous edition of Windows or you can do a clean install. If you are currently using Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP Professional x64, you are eligible for an upgrade copy to a corresponding or better edition of Windows Vista, but a clean install is required.
quote: Well I will definitely get the retail version. I do not want to sit there and call microsoft because I upgraded my motherboard
quote: Method 1
Start the installation from a compliant version of Windows, such as Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP, or Microsoft Windows 2000. After you have started the installation, you can select Custom at the installation choice screen to perform a clean installation