Print 126 comment(s) - last by labgeek.. on Feb 1 at 12:59 PM

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.

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By SunAngel on 1/28/2007 2:48:52 PM , Rating: 0
Also, MS doesn't replace OEM disks if they become corrupt or damaged. Only the OEM can replace the disk. If you buy from Newegg (or anyone else) make sure to buy the extended warranty.

(And please don't use the scenario of repurchasing the disks and try to switch them out. Once you open the package, the disks are bought)

RE: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By jmunjr on 1/28/2007 4:19:57 PM , Rating: 3
Are Vista CDs copy protected? If not, back it up!

RE: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By OddTSi on 1/28/2007 7:37:59 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not sure what the deal is with OEM copies of Vista but with retail copies of Vista you're allowed to make one backup copy.

RE: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By darkpaw on 1/30/2007 1:26:47 PM , Rating: 2
MS thankfully does not put any lame ass DRM on its discs (there's more then enough in the OS itself) so you can easily make a legitimate backup copy.

Wish that was true of most of my games as I've lost more then one cd to damage or misplacement in my day.

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki