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

Dual Boot Questions
By BigDDesign on 1/29/2007 1:47:30 AM , Rating: 2
1:) Can you Dual Boot with a Vista upgrade using 2 Drives, one with XP Home or Media Center 2005 already installed on one of the drives and have the Vista upgrade install on the other drive? Or would it work better with the OEM version of Vista?

2:) I already dual boot XP Home and Media Center on my main workstation. Can I triple boot? I have seven drives (4 are setup in two separate Raid 0 volumes **5 drive letters**, that's not an issue. I would hate to give up one of my XP OS, but if I have to... so be it.

RE: Dual Boot Questions
By darkpaw on 1/30/2007 1:28:08 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, you can triple boot. I had Vista, XP64, and XP all installed at the same time at one point.

"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings

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