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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 7:12:42 PM , Rating: 0
This is the very problem we're discussing. With XP OEM you could get away with it. But, Vista is turning out to be a whole new monster. What was once true for XP may nolonger be true for Vista.

RE: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By rushfan2006 on 1/29/2007 4:49:41 PM , Rating: 2
Relax. There is a lot of FUD going on in these discussion concerning worries that you can't upgrade your hardware if you get the OEM version. I've gone to the source -- Microsoft, I've spent time browsing and reading....every bit of license documentation I've found on Vista says NOTHING to the point that you are not allowed to upgrade hardware with an OEM license.

The most I've gathered is you can't do the scheme commonly known as license sharing (basically means you try and run multiple systems with just one license, you get around this by constantly un-installing and re-installing)....if you do 2 major upgrades a year you'll be fine.

RE: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By Captain Orgazmo on 1/29/2007 5:39:03 PM , Rating: 2
I think I may have found a new problem with OEM... this text is taken from the site of a local OEM parts seller in my city:

"OEM software must be distributed ONLY with a fully-assembled computer system, which must consist of at least a central processing unit, motherboard, hard drive, power supply, and a case.

Operating system software must be pre-installed on the computer system."

This disclaimer only appears in the Vista products; all other OEM software simply states that it needs to be purchased with some type of hardware (anything, i.e. a mouse would do).

RE: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By stromgald on 1/29/2007 6:21:53 PM , Rating: 2

It's not the official site, but since Directron is a "Gold Member of Microsoft System Builder Program", it's probably fairly legit.

Read #4 under the notes section.

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