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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But is this legal?
by amadensor on Wed 7th Feb 2007 14:04 UTC
amadensor
Member since:
2006-04-10

If I am legally allowed to do the upgrade because I have XP on the machine. I know that a clean install will be better because it will not carry over all of the baggage (drivers, spyware, viruses) from my previous install. Is it against the contract to use this to get a nice, clean install?

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RE: But is this legal?
by netpython on Wed 7th Feb 2007 14:09 in reply to "But is this legal?"
netpython Member since:
2005-07-06

Of course it is.In nearly any country you can buy a cheap piece of hardware and a system builders Vista DVD.

In my country Vista Home Premium would cost 119,50
Vista Ultimate would cost 199,50
(single licence,however who needs 5 as home user)
0,50 for the sound card cable by the way

These are in my opinion fair prices.

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RE: But is this legal?
by jtrapp on Wed 7th Feb 2007 14:19 in reply to "But is this legal?"
jtrapp Member since:
2005-07-06

If you own XP, and you retire your copy when you do a clean install of your upgrade to Vista, then it is legal.

It may violate the EULA, but lets not confuse this with illegality.

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