Saturday, February 03, 2007

Unseen troubles of Vista, there is hardly a Vista in upgrades

Have you seen the ad by apple, where the pc is in a hospital gown getting ready for an upgrade. This ad even made M$ head honcho, Bill Gates to get angry with Apple.
(Hey Apple, greenmyapple)
Anyway Vista upgrade might make people say Hasta la Vista to Vista and embrace another OS or stay in windows XP.
I have received the Upgrade as well as the business edition from M$. I will need to run those for the business that I earn my bread with. But that will be a minimal installation that I will dual boot on my notebook.
All my PC's are running Linux, various versions, and I may have to remove SUSE as they might get banned from selling Linux for that pact that Novell created with M$. I also have a Mac Mini intel, running Mac OS X, Windows XP, and Linux!

Anyway back to Vista upgrade, The article I read tells me that no one knows exact requirements for upgrade, save for some one at M$. It gave the following info and follow the link given below to read complete article.
"Meanwhile, the Upgrade versions are poison:

* Windows power users know that if you want Windows to work well over the long haul, it helps to reformat and perform a clean install once in a while. The Upgrade version requires you to install both XP/2000 and Vista every time, doubling the already massive amount of time it takes to do a reformat/reinstall.

* The Upgrade versions require you to keep track of your original Windows XP/2000 disks. Most people have these in the form of "recovery CDs" from the PC vendor, which can include multiple disks full of junk applications.

* Using a copy of XP or 2000 as proof for the Upgrade version of Vista invalidates the XP key, according to Vista's End User License Agreement (EULA). The EULA states, in part: "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." Some bloggers and newsgroup posters have speculated that you may not be able to use that "invalidated" XP license even for a dual-boot installation with Vista. Computerworld has contacted Microsoft for clarification on this and, at press time, has not received a response. In other words, this is yet another point of confusion about Vista. [Editor's note: Computerworld will provide an update when this information becomes available.]

* Many users have lost, or were never provided with, installation disks with their PC. Because they have XP or 2000 installed, they may decide to save money and buy an Upgrade version. If their disk later dies, or they need for whatever reason to reformat, they will then have to buy a second copy of Vista, this time, the full version. Ouch!

* In a few years, future PCs may have hardware components not supported by XP or 2000. If a user buys the Upgrade version now, then later buys a PC and chooses to transfer the Vista license to it, the XP/2000 installation required by Upgrade versions of Vista may prove troublesome."

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