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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 OrSin on 1/29/2007 8:59:47 AM , Rating: 3
I stop reading as several wrong statements. OEM is not like to what hardware you got it with. It is linked to the motherboard of the last system you installed and actived it on in first 15 days. Thats huge difference. You can actually install in on 2 ystems and if you active them both in 15 days them both are active. This is not legal but it works. I have 6 machince in the test lab with the same key all actived and running. Now I not saying go out and do this, but remeber its the first system you put it on not the system you bought it with.

By Anonymous Freak on 1/29/2007 2:51:33 PM , Rating: 2
The technical aspect of activation links to a coded 'hash' of various hardware identifiers. Since the motherboard contains most of these pieces of hardware (chipset, NIC,) yes, it effectively means that the activation is linked to a motherboard.

But if you read the license terms (that's what I meant by 'linked', the license, not the software,) it says that it is linked to the piece of hardware that the OEM software was purchased with.

Again, my commentary is based on the legal aspects of the license, not on the technical aspects of activation. Vista, on the other hand, introduces some harder-to-defeat (theoretically, anyway,) activation issues on top of its more restrictive license issues.

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