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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 rushfan2006 on 1/29/2007 4:44:19 PM , Rating: 2
I went ahead and researched this directly from Microsoft, since there is a lot of emotionally charged opinions floating around about this - I wanted to cut through that stuff and get the FACTS from the source this is what I found:

(Btw this information was based on Windows Vista Ultimate):


Of particular interest:


a. Software Other than Windows Anytime Upgrade. You may uninstall the software and install it on another device for your use. You may not do so to share this license between devices.

Seems to me they are saying you are good to upgrade your hardware as long as it is just ONE machine at any ONE given point of time and they don't want the practice of license sharing going on.

RE: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By oTAL on 1/30/2007 1:16:44 PM , Rating: 2
From what I read MS included this in Vista Ultimate so make us, enthusiasts, a bunch of happy campers. I believe this may not apply to the other versions of Vista.
After the initial EULA was disclosed there were some discussions with unhappy beta-testers (many of those are enthusiasts) and MS gave-in. Kind of makes sense.... only a few people require a license that allows them to switch computer 10 times during the lifetime of the OS. Most (regular) people that bought a computer with XP are still happy with it.

RE: OEM cheaper than upgrade?
By lealwai on 2/1/2007 11:14:12 AM , Rating: 2
So, i'm kinda confused, can some1 clarify if the OEM version that's sold on say.. NewEgg be installed on more than one computer. i.e. Installing it one computer, buying a new system a year later, and transferring the license? The description on NewEgg states otherwise.

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