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Microsoft adjusts its policy for user with Vista upgrade CDs

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/Professional
2) Activate Windows XP through Microsoft
3) 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.

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Micros add another reason to skip Vista
By Randalllind on 1/28/2007 7:21:52 AM , Rating: 0
Vista to me cost way too much! $300 for Vista not counting the $500+ Hardware upgrade.

I think it sucks so Vista crashes you will have to reinstall XP then install Vista. I don't see what the issue is that cause MS to stop letting people use the upgrade cd to do a clean install.

The only reason is GREED. If you buy it what's the dam problem. I never in my life seen a company that after 5 years delaying and cutting most of the feature and then overcharging. Now restricts how you can install their products.

Bill Gates should be great full people buy the dam OS and stop finding ways to tickoff users.

RE: Micros add another reason to skip Vista
By ghost101 on 1/28/2007 10:57:58 AM , Rating: 2
The crucial part is the activation of XP. Otherwise, you can simply use a pirated XP CD. Or you could simply borrow a disc off a friend.

I doubt this will put very many people off. As mentioned before as well, make a backup image of your hard drive with the OS installed and everything personalised. This will save you hours.

By Bootstrap on 1/28/2007 11:23:02 AM , Rating: 2
But you can also upgrade from 2000, which doesn't require activation, so couldn't you still use a pirated disk?

By livelouddiefast on 1/28/2007 2:16:44 PM , Rating: 1
To you are the key words. Consumers, by and large, are saps and have to have whatever is new and hip. To the rest of them it's a neat new toy. Thankfully i'm getting it for free, otherwise i'd be in the same boat that it costs too much... though only $200 for OEM Ultimate... probably less for me since schools get stuff way cheaper.

Simple economics though. Microsoft is arguably the greatest necessary evil of our time. They make a lot of things half assed, but they dominate the market, and will continue to do so until someone can prove to the public that linux or os X is better, which in turn makes software makers more focused on that system, which will decrease the market share of windows. Til that day, long live microsoft.

Greed is what makes the free market world go round. Don't judge it as a bad thing, just look at it as people wanting to be as profitable as possible.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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