Q: Windows Vista Upgrade, OEM and Full Versions

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by FriskyD, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. FriskyD

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    I'm looking at purchasing a full version of Windows Vista Ultimate to do a
    clean install.

    From what I'm reading the upgrade version of Windows Vista Ultimate
    (~AUD$480) doesn't allow you to boot to a clean install as you must have
    windows xp installed on a PC already. You therefore need to install it from
    a windows desktop. This will be a pain as you'll need to install windows xp
    and then windows vista.

    I've found a brown box OEM version of Windows Vista Ultimate (~AUD$330) from
    an online Australian retailer (http://www.auspcmarket.com.au/) that can be
    bought without a hardware purchase, however the retailer has advised that
    this version only allows an install on one PC and cannot be reinstalled on
    subsequent upgraded or new machines if the original validated PC is retired.

    I tend to upgrade my pc every 1-2 years so an upgrade version will force me
    to install windows xp and then windows vista, and the brown box oem version
    may not work on new hardware.

    The thought of paying AUD$700 for a full retail copy of Windows Vista
    Ultimate is excessive even though it fulfils my requirements.

    Has anyone got any advice?

    FriskyD, Jan 20, 2007
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  2. OEM copies are for installation on new computers and are not transferrable
    to other computers. If the copy of XP presently running on your computer
    was preinstalled then it also is OEM and may not be transferred to another
    computer either. The reseller is correct.

    If you want to avoid the two-tiered reinstallation either purchase the full
    edition or use imaging software to ensure that you can recover to the point
    just after you upgraded to Vista. There are hundreds of items in this
    newsgroup covering this subject.
    Colin Barnhorst, Jan 20, 2007
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