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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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Microsoft pisses me off sometimes
By valkator on 1/29/2007 2:00:54 PM , Rating: 2
Well I will definitely get the retail version. I do not want to sit there and call microsoft because I upgraded my motherboard. That is pure BS! I am a gamer and I need my upgrades and the way new platforms are being made nowadays, considering how socket A lasted forever back in the day, I would probably have to call microsoft every year to get my damn computer reactivated. This is bull because I have an AM2 platform now and soon might go to a LGA775 or even the next platform that will be launched by intel next year and so on and so on. It will get real old real fast. If I do not have to do this with the retail version, then fine great. But if I have to then I will just have to wait for a crack to fix this issue. I don't care if it "breaks license agreement" because I am still using ONLY ONE computer for my 400 dollar licensed copy of Windows Vista Ultimate. I'm sorry but I still consider it not breaking the license agreement because I am still using only one computer with my licensed copy and I don't care that it says this in the agreement that you can't because that would render that agreement unfair.

By DigitalFreak on 1/29/2007 4:26:24 PM , Rating: 2
Well I will definitely get the retail version. I do not want to sit there and call microsoft because I upgraded my motherboard

That's exactly why they did this. They want to make it more difficult for users to do a clean install, so those users get pissed and buy a full version.

Note how there was absolutely no mention of the whole upgrade issue until one of the MVPs brought it up. They knew people would be pissed and didn't want the outcry overshadowing their precious Vista launch.

By mindless1 on 1/31/2007 1:30:26 PM , Rating: 2
It is quite a bit easier than you're making it, just don't buy Vista yet. You are not compelled to use it and would be better off just waiting until you have the next full system upgrade to then tie the OEM license to it.

When you do the next upgrade significant enough that it requires another Vista license, buy another OEM license at that point, and you then have TWO systems that can run Vista instead of one. 2 > 1

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