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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: Last Straw
By thebrown13 on 1/28/2007 12:56:50 PM , Rating: -1
Way to be progressive. Do you drive a pickup truck and own a farm, too?

RE: Last Straw
By cgrecu77 on 1/28/2007 1:46:31 PM , Rating: 3
this makes no sense, a more appropriate comparison would be one upgrading his honda civic every 2-3 years when a new version is available ... even though his "old" civic is working perfectly and the new civic only has two or three extra buttons ... :)

RE: Last Straw
By SunAngel on 1/28/07, Rating: 0
RE: Last Straw
By mino on 1/29/2007 4:14:18 PM , Rating: 2
Well, a friend o mine just recently sold his 18yrs old car (after >1.5mil km) and I can tell, the wheels were not falling off.
You know, some people realize that any machine needs continous care.

Some do not, obviously.

RE: Last Straw
By mezman on 1/29/2007 5:15:45 PM , Rating: 2
Way to be progressive. Do you drive a hybrid and live in a tiny apartment?

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