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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 Bull Dog on 1/28/2007 4:53:02 PM , Rating: 2
It does in theory. But, even if you can get windows to recognize all 4GB of ram, a single program in Windows XP 32bit will only be able to address a maximum of 2GB of ram. Now granted if you where to open another memory intensive program, it would be able to address the other 2GB of ram.

What I'm trying to say here is that WinXP 32bit doesn't flawless support 4GB of ram. However a 64bit OS will.

RE: Last Straw
By xphile on 1/30/2007 1:43:06 AM , Rating: 2
Hey that's really interesting and absolutely makes your point. I do get a full 4GB showing on my XP system but a bit of playing pounding Photoshop and TMPeg Encoder at once proves you are spot on. I cant get either one to show its using more than around 1.82ish GB of ram when I look at them in Process Explorer. Damn interesting fact and thanks for pointing it out. I guess I dont run an intensive enough workload to ever truely use more than 2gb on one app but Im sure some would. Thanks for your response!

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