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Windows 7 and Upgrade Media


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#1 DJBPace07

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Posted 22 July 2009 - 12:40 AM

I heard something interesting on a podcast, This Week in Tech ep. 203. They said that in order to upgrade to an edition of Windows 7 using an upgrade media and license, one needs to have a licensed and activated copy Windows XP or greater installed on a PC. This means that the RC could be upgraded (A clean install would still be required) and the users who participated in the RC testing would be eligible for upgrade pricing. They further went on to explain that Microsoft is aware of this and may not change it.

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 01:40 AM

Ooooooooooooopppppps,

In other words, it's all about activation. The Windows 7 upgrade disk will need to see a valid activation - and that can include an activated copy of the release candidate - before it will install the operating system.


This should make life somewhat easier for those running the Windows 7 Release Candidate - so long as they don't have to do a reinstall later.






I am pretty sure it's all about voiding the liscense on the previous version of windows.

Edited by DaChew, 25 July 2009 - 01:43 AM.

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#3 DJBPace07

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Posted 25 July 2009 - 09:51 PM

Microsoft can easily plug this hole if they wanted to buy altering the installer so it would look for compatible versions of Windows, but not the 7 RC.

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Posted 26 July 2009 - 10:08 AM

Hmmmm, debating what I'm going to do. I just installed Windows 7 64bit RC....lost my old RAID array and figured I may as well update my computer (e.g. new CPU, GPU, system HD and MOBO) before I recover my data.

On one hand, nice to see I can get by with the ugprade and save some $. On the other hand...at what point will we no longer be able to activate Windows XP?


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Posted 26 July 2009 - 06:02 PM

XP leaves mainstream support in 2014, but I'm not sure if they will stop activations then.

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