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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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Why would anyone be foolish enough to use Vista
By Beenthere on 1/28/2007 10:49:36 AM , Rating: -1
I mean really, are people that clueless that they haven't learned from past versions of Windows that every single product MICROSUCKS releases is a POS? If people are dumb enough to upgrade (sic) to Vista then they deserve exactly what they get. I suggest you purchase a large jar of Vaseline as MICROSUCKS is gonna make you bend over time and time again.

By KaiserCSS on 1/28/2007 1:22:07 PM , Rating: 1
And this is exactly why Mac users will never get ahead in this world.

By Oregonian2 on 1/29/2007 6:57:04 PM , Rating: 2
Well, Apple has just recently added official support for running Microsoft OS's on their computers (for a small couple dollar fee I recall). So Mac users presumably can now run Vista as well.

By kelmon on 1/28/2007 4:26:45 PM , Rating: 2
In all fairness, assuming that you already have XP Service Pack 2 installed, what's wrong with what you already have? My main computer is a Mac but I do run XP a lot during the day and, by and large, it's fine. Certainly in my testing of Vista I've seen little that makes me want to throw more money at Microsoft particularly when it comes at a greater price of increased inconvenience. Stick with XP unless it's critical for you to run Vista and ignore the hype.

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