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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: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By SunAngel on 1/28/2007 5:44:06 PM , Rating: 0
So, at what point in his upgrading components crossed the threshold of an entirely new computer. Is it the processor? The memory? Something else? Which is it?


RE: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By Zandros on 1/28/2007 7:17:19 PM , Rating: 1
I think it's usually the motherboard.


RE: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By tuteja1986 on 1/28/2007 7:39:19 PM , Rating: 2
My OEM is attached to the keyboard :)...


RE: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By rykerabel on 1/29/2007 12:19:08 PM , Rating: 3
No, legally oem software is linked to the motherboard. Legally you can only move it to another motherboard if the first one breaks and even then you have to move it to the same make/model.

You can fudge this in practicality, but not legally. In the past, MS has stated they will not persue home users who violate the license with a "few extra" installs, but they may have since changed their minds (not that i've read yet).


RE: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By dijuremo on 2/1/2007 11:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
So if the motherboard burns down, you should buy a new copy? I have replaced several defective DELL motherboards and DELL did not care to send a new OEM copy of windows with them. So then DELL is breaking the EULA, right?


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