Re: Activated XP necessary to install Vista upgrade - But what happens in a few years ?
When I asked this question during an MVP chat, the answer was that if XP is
ever removed from the activation servers MS will provide a different means
for users to reactivate. Such a decision has not been made and is not
anticipated, but likely it would be by means of a download that would
provide for dummy activation of some sort. In any case, MS says it is
committed to guaranteeing XP users that their software will never be
orphaned due to a suspension of XP activation services at MS.
"Thorsten" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> At the moment you hear very often that it is necessary to have a activated
> XP installed to use the VISTA Upgrade-DVD. OK so far.
> When I reinstall next year. I have to install my old XP first and activate
> it again. And then I can install Vista with my Upgrade-DVD.
> But what happens in perhaps 4 years ? I will still be able to activate my
> old XP then ? The support for XP will be already ended then.