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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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Upgrading from 2000 to Home Premium?
By Bootstrap on 1/28/2007 10:46:45 AM , Rating: 2
I read that upgrading from Windows 2000 to Vista Home Premium would require a clean install. Does this mean I'd have to install 2000, pop in a Vista disk, let Vista completely remove 2000, and then install itself? I guess I could live with that, but seems pretty silly to me.

By drwho9437 on 1/28/2007 2:30:47 PM , Rating: 2
I bet it does... for the "home" version users. Lucky, win2k install can go pretty fast, if you pick a small partition (ie not a 3 hour wait on the formating step)

As pointed out by another user, this KB article doesn't list Business edition, which is what I ordered as my upgrade (from XP free).

Another solution might be to leave a 1 GB windows XP partition on the drive. If you think frequent reinstalls might be needed. With Vista's Beta I could duel boot win2k and Vista.

This kind of junk certainly puts me off buying any XP machine with free upgrade though... Come on Lenovo get with it Dell/HP have Vista offerings already.

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