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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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RE: Seems to be all about the coupons
By Le Québécois on 1/28/2007 12:11:27 PM , Rating: 2
Probably yes, since I forgot to say : If I recommend Vista at all.

I honestly don't see the need to buy Vista right now. XP still works perfectly and for most home users that don't play any games, it will probably continue to work for many years to come.

RE: Seems to be all about the coupons
By thebrown13 on 1/28/07, Rating: -1
By Le Québécois on 1/28/2007 1:08:18 PM , Rating: 2
Oh don't get me wrong, I will buy Vista. But I wouldn't recommend it for non gamers or people with less than stellar PCs.

RE: Seems to be all about the coupons
By SunAngel on 1/28/07, Rating: 0
RE: Seems to be all about the coupons
By bob661 on 1/28/07, Rating: -1
By kmmatney on 1/29/2007 12:03:45 AM , Rating: 2
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.

All you have to do is make up backup copy, or borrow somebody else's CD. Only the serial number matters, not the CD media. No need to feel sory for anyone here.

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