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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: long story short
By 3kliksphilip on 1/28/2007 12:55:43 PM , Rating: 2 has the Windows Premium edition for £70 (The upgradable version costs more, I think). I expected it to be about £150 or so. £70 for a new operating system seems like a reasonable deal, especially as It'll require updates for the next 4-5 years.

RE: long story short
By just4U on 1/28/2007 3:38:19 PM , 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."

I have a question, Can't you just make a back up copy of Vista on a dvd and put the original away for safe keeping?

RE: long story short
By SunAngel on 1/28/07, Rating: 0
RE: long story short
By just4U on 1/28/2007 3:48:19 PM , Rating: 2
I just don't see why it wouldn't be. I've never had a problem copying any Window's discs and MS doesn't appear to care about that... Wish other companies saw it the same way. I really like to keep all my original disc's in perfect condition.

RE: long story short
By ATC on 1/28/2007 6:34:29 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see why you couldn't make a backup for yourself.

My MSDN copy which I've been told is identical to the retail DVD was easy to make a copy of for my own purposes.

RE: long story short
By glennpratt on 1/28/2007 5:08:20 PM , Rating: 2
You can backup the disc. Note it say do not make illegal copies of the disk, it doesn't say do not make copies :)

Seriously, all you need is the key, volume customers don't even get media when they order from MS, just licenses. The media costs extra and you only get one.

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