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.