DO NOT get Vista upgrade! You will Loose XP for good! 20 replies

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Agentlaidlaw

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#1 11 years ago

http://www.tomcoyote.org/tech/vista-upgrade-invalidates-your-xp-key/74/

If you buy a version of Windows that upgrades XP to Vista, you will never be able to use your XP cd key again on your version of XP!

http://techreport.com/etc/2007q1/vista-licensing/index.x?pg=1

^^ Read that one for more info on whats new with Vista licensing.




Bs|Archaon

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#2 11 years ago

Why would you want the upgrade version anyway? Buy OEM and a small (ie cheap) hard drive and you're sorted for much less than the cost of a Retail version.




aaj111

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#3 11 years ago

I agree with Bs|Archaon. In a way it seems better to stay away from the Upgrade Versions.

I've had Vista for awhile, But not the CD Version. But technically they are the same. I used Partition Magic to split my Hard Drive into two, and I have XP and Vista.




Oblivious

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#4 11 years ago

I learned my lesson on the pitfalls of an "upgrade" version many years ago. More trouble than it's worth for someone who dumps their system once or twice a year as I often do.

As Archaon said above, the OEM version is a no brainer.




Smitty025

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#5 11 years ago

Yeah, but I've heard that the OEM version becomes 'linked' to your motherboard, that you can't reuse it if you change motherboards. At least I think that's what the license says, I don't know if it actually doesn't allow you to reactivate.




Bs|Archaon

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#6 11 years ago

The internetr activation will deny it but you can phone them up. At least, that's what XP did.




marvinmatthew

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#7 11 years ago

I'm pretty certian that the OEM version is no different than the full retial verison (expect for the price).




LaughingCheese

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#8 11 years ago
Bs|Archaon;3511863Why would you want the upgrade version anyway? Buy OEM and a small (ie cheap) hard drive and you're sorted for much less than the cost of a Retail version.

Isn't OEM only for manufacturers?

Where would you get it?:confused:




C38368

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#9 11 years ago

Laughing Cheese;3512520Isn't OEM only for manufacturers?

Where would you get it?:confused:

From just about any place that sells loose hardware.

Anyway, Windows has used that stupid ID-based hash since 2001. Their official line is that upgrades don't matter, even if the algorithm is too ham-handed to tell the difference, but that transferring to a new computer is verboten. I suppose M$ figures that those who do stuff like swap out motherboards are an insignificant-enough minority to purposely annoy for the sake of sloth.




marvinmatthew

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#10 11 years ago

marvinmatthew;3512518I'm pretty certian that the OEM version is no different than the full retial verison (expect for the price).[/quote]

My bad, I was wrong here, OEM versions are directly linked to your Mobo. So if you replace the mobo, the license key won't work anymore.

Here's a good article on the subject: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070130-8730.html

[quote=Laughing Cheese;3512520]Isn't OEM only for manufacturers?

Where would you get it?:confused:

NewEgg has it. It's a hell of a discount too.