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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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I don't think this story is correct.
By KeithP on 1/28/2007 10:53:49 PM , Rating: 3
According to Microsoft's web site, http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsv...
there are installations that require clean installs. This seems to contradict the story. So what gives?

-KeithP




RE: I don't think this story is correct.
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 1/28/2007 11:06:03 PM , Rating: 3
That page outlines which current OSes can be upgraded to the corresponding Vista versions.

This page is what details that XP must be pre-installed:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/93098...


By Rkonster on 1/29/2007 1:39:27 AM , Rating: 3
From what I am reading from that page, it seems to me that it only applies to ugrade keys purchased with Windows Anytime Upgrade, and not the upgrade version of the software itself. Additionally, it states that it doesn't apply to Ultimate, so that could be a further clue.

This information could still be correct, but my reading of the page leads me to a differnet conclusion. Anyone else get the same thing?


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