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Should I Upgrade?


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#1 RADIUM-V Interactive

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 02:47 PM

I just got my new computer about 3 weeks ago, installed with XP-SP2. Now, Vista is being released Tuesday.

The place I got the computer recommended I didn't upgrade just yet, since it's brand-new and could still have bugs. My friend is getting a new system on Wednesday, with Vista Home Premium installed.

Also, another friend's friend supposedly BETA tested for Vista and got a liscense with 50 uses. He keeps pushing me to get Vista and just use his key, but I'm afraid it might not be very legal, or may be a BETA key itself. He had Vista running on his laptop, and he said it was the final version, even though it read "RC1" down in the lower-right corner - but he said that's just because of the install disc he used, and he could legally download the full version and just use his key. Does this sound too good to be true?

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 04:14 PM

Also, another friend's friend supposedly BETA tested for Vista and got a liscense with 50 uses. He keeps pushing me to get Vista and just use his key, but I'm afraid it might not be very legal, or may be a BETA key itself. He had Vista running on his laptop, and he said it was the final version, even though it read "RC1" down in the lower-right corner - but he said that's just because of the install disc he used, and he could legally download the full version and just use his key. Does this sound too good to be true?


RC1 is not the final version...it smells fishy to me...how did he get a license for 50 users (which Vista OS)?

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 08:20 PM

Your friend is likely "blowing smoke" - the final version doesn't have the RC1 branding. If he's using an RC1 key, it will likely expire in June 2007. Meanwhile, should he need to reinstall, he won't be able to activate it. In my experience there's no linkage between the desktop branding and the hacks that are available.

The "50 uses" seems like a trial version to me - after 50 it's either buy it or stop using it. But I'm not aware of this sort of "program" and I have been using Vista for about a year now.

Certain beta testers are provided with a copy of the RTM release - and this is usually linked to the submission of bug reports that Microsoft has used to improve the betas. As such, he should have received several emails from MS about the bug and telling him what version the bug fix would appear in. That's how I got the version that I'm running while I type this (I submitted a video bug and a network bug that were ironed out after RC1 was released).

Generally the purchase of a new computer only a couple of weeks ago means that you'd have received a voucher for an upgrade to Vista. Go ahead and use it. You don't have to install it, but you'll never get a cheaper price on it - so take advantage of the offer.

The choice to upgrade is yours. The trade off is that you'll be using the latest OS - but you'll also have to put up with it's quirks until they're ironed out. FYI - there's still difficulty in getting some apps to work with Vista - so you may want to wait until your apps are updated for Vista. I've "forced" my favorite apps to work in Vista - so I'm quite happy with what I have now.
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