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Vista upgrade invalidates XP keys

updated 03:55 pm EST, Tue January 30, 2007

Vista Invalidates XP Keys

Windows Vista's official launch has brought to light problems that were largely hidden during its development, multiple sources said on Tuesday. Windows XP users upgrading to the new OS have learned that the user agreement (PDF) for upgrade editions of Vista contains a clause that sees Vista's license supercede that of XP, porentially invalidating the installation of the old version -- which is now technically necessary for the Vista upgrade. "Upon upgrade, this agreement takes the place of the agreement for the software you upgraded from," the document says. "After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from."

While Microsoft is likely to allow installations of the earlier Windows version for Vista upgrades in at least the near future, the decision creates potential complications for those forced to reinstall the software as activation codes may cease to function at a later date.

by MacNN Staff




  1. llbbl

    Joined: Dec 1969


    it sux

    Vista sucks. Msft should have open sourced it and charged for support. They have enough money and they OWE us for the crappy software they released in the past.

  1. moshjahan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Vista rocks

    I defy anyone to demonstrate that Microsoft has prodcuced more bad software than good. A whole global economy is powered by Microsoft software, so MS doesn't OWE you anything!

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    > A whole global economy is powered by > Microsoft software, so MS doesn't OWE you anything!

    Wow, what a true idiot to make such a statement - just because a global economy is built upon fixing a crappy operating system does not, in some way, qualify that software or operating system as being 'good'.

    If anything, it has potty trained users to expect mediocrity, and live with it.

    Good thing we're used to a higher standard of quality on the Macintosh side of things, while moshjahan is happy reinstalling his Windows installation weekly.

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