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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: and...
By Ringold on 1/28/2007 1:34:08 PM , Rating: 3
On top of that, there's a reason we enthusiasts hold the conventional wisdom that clean is always better than in-place upgrade installs.

I saw not long ago an RC1 or RC2 (or maybe it was even RTM?) review over at Ars and they had some serious problems when they tried to do an in-place upgrade.

Some of us really do need to format somewhat regularly, too. I do every 6-12mo just for good measure and any hardware upgrade is always accompanied by balls-out overclocking feasts that end up corrupting half the apps on my HD requiring a format. Not that that part is MS's fault, just another personal knock against it.

What gets me most is that they just now come out with this, or at least, it just now becomes widely known. I've cancelled my Upgrade pre-order and replaced with with Retail but I can only guess how many thousands won't hear in time.

Oh well.. Guess those thousands should've been DT readers, then they'd of known. ;)

RE: and...
By Spivonious on 1/29/2007 10:41:02 AM , Rating: 2
So their plan worked. Make upgrading more tedious and people will buy the full version instead. More full versions = more money.

RE: and...
By Oregonian2 on 1/29/2007 6:53:09 PM , Rating: 2
Not working that well. I've been "on the fence" and think I've been pushed over to the stay-with-XP side. Loss of sale!

It looked to be a pain as it is (as well as my XP itself being an upgrade of Windows ME which itself was an upgrade of.... etc back to DOS (in which I went through multiple upgrades)). I've also just upgraded my motherboard (did a AMD->Intel E6600 upgrade) and such a level of upgrade is something I do every two or three years, along with smaller upgrades in the meanwhile. Some of these have needed from-scratch clean installs because the upgrading path accelerates the system bitrot that happens anyway. So when I need a fresh install, I'm already in a foul mood with a LOT to do, I don't need more <expletive deleted> to be added on.

RE: and...
By marvdmartian on 1/30/2007 9:36:37 AM , Rating: 2
Or, more likely, the enthusiasts (like us, here) will stick with XP for much longer than we otherwise might have. I've seen NOTHING about Vista that will cause me to get all goosebumpy, and want to change over immediately. Coupled with the fact that support for XP will last another 7 years, and I see no reason to "upgrade" to Vista any time in the forseeable future.
In fact, the next time that I see XP upgrade version go on sale, I'm going to snap up a few of them. That will keep me in the land of XP for a long time to come. :)

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