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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:38 am
Post subject: Vista upgrade invalidates your XP key

Found this when reading through some stuff Shocked

Vista upgrade invalidates your XP key
January 29th, 2007 by Blair
If you choose to purchase an upgrade version of Windows Vista to upgrade XP, you will no longer be able to use that version of XP. Either on another system, or as a dual-boot option. The key will be invalidated, preventing activation.

From Vista’s EULA found here (PDF) :

13. UPGRADES. To use upgrade software, you must first be licensed for the software that is eligiblefor the upgrade. Upon upgrade, this agreement takes the place of the agreement for the software you upgraded from. After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from.

For many people this may not be a problem, but it’s a change from earlier versions of Windows.

Update: Workaround posted here!

read the full posting here

So be WARNED !!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:42 am
Post subject: Re: Vista upgrade invalidates your XP key

addtional topic => WORKAROUND

Workaround For Clean Install With Vista Upgrade DVDs
January 31st, 2007 by Corrine
ActiveWin published a workaround provided by Microsoft internal documentation for Vista Upgrade DVDs that will not invalidate the Windows XP Key, as discussed here.

Edit Update: As noted in the comments below, Blair provided the original source, not credited by ActiveWin, as Paul Thurrott.

“Per Microsoft’s new licensing requirements for Vista, users are required to install a Windows Vista Upgrade from within Windows XP. When this occurs, the Windows XP license is forfeited and the Windows Vista installation process can take place. Now, however, this workaround allows users to perform a “clean install.� The process is a bit tedious, but is not hard are all to complete. Users have to perform these simple steps to perform a clean install of Vista without a previous version of Windows installed with an upgrade DVD:

1. Boot from the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD and start the setup program.

2. When prompted to enter your product key, DO NOT enter it. Click “Next� and proceed with setup. This will install Windows Vista as a 30-day trial.

3. When prompted, select the edition of Vista which you have purchased and continue with setup.

4. Once setup has been completed and you have been brought to the desktop for the first time, run the install program from within Windows Vista.

5. This time, type in your product key when prompted.

6. When asked whether to perform an Upgrade or Custom (advanced) install, choose Custom (advanced) to perform a clean install of Vista. Yes, this means that you will have to install Vista for a second time.

7. Once setup has completed for the second time, you should be able to activate Windows Vista normally. You can also delete the Windows.old directory which contains information from the first Vista install.�


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 1:25 pm
Post subject: Re: Vista upgrade invalidates your XP key

WOW!
Interesting post.
M$ have some interesting licencing interpretations coming out with Vista.
Some guy just asked about a dual-boot option on another forum I visit (BYO), so I guess I'll be passing this on for him.
Thanks Mr Flying-Mouse.

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Post subject: Re: Vista upgrade invalidates your XP key

here another site with some advice for the go-around Laughing

www.dailytech.com/arti...ewsid=5932


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