Introducing Vista 'Time Waster' Edition
Arstechnica is reporting that upgrade versions of Vista Starter, Home Basic and Premium edition will not permit "clean" installs like previous upgradeable versions of Windows used to. So what does this mean Mr. and Mrs. Everybody?
- To install your upgrade edition of Vista, you'll need to have a working version of XP running on your system.
- If your computer ever crashes after Vista is installed, you'll have to re-install XP before setting up Vista again.
Ridiculous isn't it?
"This annoys the hell out of me because clean installs simply make for better performing machines. Why is Microsoft making our lives difficult?"--Gizmodo
"One again, Microsoft appears to have made licensing decisions without considering how people actually use their products. Last fall the company trotted out changes to its retail licensing that would have punished users who frequently upgrade their PC hardware had the company not relented. Now Microsoft seeks to complicate our ability to start a crisp, new install with an upgrade version. Why?"--Ars Technica
"Many may say, what's wrong with that? But when switching OSes like this, you should really have a clean install. Otherwise you're going to have a system full of unused files and garbage. I realize that most users will just go with the direct upgrade, without starting from scratch, but I wouldn't be one of them."--Real Tech News
Edit: As always, it seems that the blogosphere jumped to conclusions a little too fast. People will be able to do a clean install of Vista using any upgradeable editions. This link has all the details.