"Rock" <Rock@nospam.net> wrote in message
> "Beemer Biker" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote
>> This has probably been asked ... but google didnt find an answer and I
>> didnt want to slosh thru all the hits.
>> Can we install the vista upgrade on a clean (new) disk?
>> I want to put in a new big disk and do a fresh install of vista and not
>> bother installing it over the old smaller disk that has XP. I assume it
>> is cheaper to buy an update than an "oem" but I could be mistaken.
>> We have the original CD for XP, microsoft (not dell or ibm) oem service
>> pack "zero" and if Vista asks for the original xp cd we actually have it.
>> We just dont want to bother installing over the old hard drive. This is
>> a D865Perl motherboard and is 32bit, not 64 and has 2gb and a 3ghz HT
>> intel cpu.
Thanks Rock! That was an excellent article and blog. I wished I had read
that earlier. I was unaware that the upgrade version could be uninstalled
then re-installed for years to come. It also comes with both 32 & 64 and in
addition one can install it on a new system thru that so-called loophole.
I got an OEM 64-bit from newegg, it was cheaper than the upgrade and both
are cheaper than retail. From what I read it would appear that my DVD is
identicle to the upgrade and retail version, I just dont have the 32 bit
dvd. If the only difference is the serial# then I assume microsoft can
alter their serial# strategy anytime they want and prevent someone from
installing the upgrade, getting the 30 day trial, then re-installing the
upgrade over the trial.
As one of the other posters mentioned, I myself have never had any problem
re-activating an original "oem service pack zero" several times. All our
OEM's XP were mailordered microsoft ones (not dell or ibm) or were bought
from college campus. We have had 4 motherboards go bad because of faulty
capacitors, some several times before I got tired of replacing the caps and
bought newer motherboards.
Anyway, do you think that microsoft will consider the install of a vista
upgrade over a vista trial as a loophole that they will be closing?
Joseph "Beemer Biker" Stateson
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