Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Feb 2007 09:13 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows Microsoft will not close a loophole that offers consumers a cheaper way to upgrade to Windows Vista. Users can install the upgrade version of the new operating system as a fresh installation, even if they do not currently own a licensed copy of Windows XP. The procedure is time consuming, but allows users to save about 35 per cent of the purchase price for the regular Windows Vista.
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Sure
by Lamego on Wed 7th Feb 2007 12:43 UTC
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2006-01-12

Precisely. I imagine the high prices for the retail version is to induce more PC sales rather than to increase revenue. If people look at the retail prices of Windows Vista, they would probably go, "Oy, I may as well get a new PC" - chances are, many would.

Do you really believe people will buy a new PC just to try Vista ?

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RE: Sure
by raver31 on Wed 7th Feb 2007 12:46 in reply to "Sure"
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2005-07-06

people are sheep

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RE: Sure
by historyb on Wed 7th Feb 2007 15:10 in reply to "Sure"
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2005-07-06

Do you really believe people will buy a new PC just to try Vista ?

I know a few customers that would against my advice.

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RE: Sure
by jayson.knight on Wed 7th Feb 2007 18:40 in reply to "Sure"
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2005-07-06

"Do you really believe people will buy a new PC just to try Vista ?"

Doubtful, but when they do they won't have much of a choice. They'll buy a new PC because they need a new PC, Vista won't have much to do with it.

When XP came out, MS had a "downgraded license" program whereby you could revert back to Windows 2000 Pro if you wanted to. I have not been able to find if they are offering a similar program for Vista, does anyone know if they are?

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RE[2]: Sure
by n4cer on Wed 7th Feb 2007 19:21 in reply to "RE: Sure"
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When XP came out, MS had a "downgraded license" program whereby you could revert back to Windows 2000 Pro if you wanted to. I have not been able to find if they are offering a similar program for Vista, does anyone know if they are?

If you have licenses through one of their volume programs, this is generally standard. Here's a link to documentation:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4f4b3cfd-7...

A summary of OEM License Downgrade Rights states:

Rights to OEM versions of systems software are granted in the OEM License Terms. The OEM License Terms for most OEM versions of systems software do not grant downgrade rights. The exception is the OEM License Terms for the Windows® XP Professional operating system and the Windows Vista™ Business and Windows Vista Ultimate operating systems, which grant downgrade rights. See the full text of the OEM License Terms for the specific downgrade rights.

Read the doc for more details.

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