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Well, I have looked at prices and as you should all know the upgrade is a whole lot cheaper to buy then the full OS.

So, I was wondering if I bought the upgrade... does that mean every time I want to reinstall the OS, I will have to load XP first, then install Vista?

What are your thoughts & experiences?

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yes. buy the full version its better to get a clean install.
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It's pretty much a given than an upgrade is going to be cheaper...

And yes, every time you reinstall, you'll have to load XP.

Get the Full Version if you plan on installing a lot.
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yes. buy the full version its better to get a clean install.
Ahhh, so when you do buy the upgrade, you cannot perform clean installs?

That would suck then....

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It's pretty much a given than an upgrade is going to be cheaper...

And yes, every time you reinstall, you'll have to load XP.

Get the Full Version if you plan on installing a lot.
Alright, thank you, just what I wanted to know!

I do like to just reinstall the OS every year. Kinda like getting a new pc every time! LOL

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Yup. And FYI, whatever key you get will work with the 32bit or the 64bit version. You just need to obtain the correct DVD.
    
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Quote:
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Ahhh, so when you do buy the upgrade, you cannot perform clean installs?

That would suck then....

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ok first, dont buy it at a store.. buy it online as you can get the OEM version. You cant trasnfer it between computers like retail, but its a lot better spending $100 > $300 for that.
    
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Go for the full version...

The upgrade invalidates the XP key. The key won't work even if it is on a dual-boot or on another system.

Stated from the Vista EULA:
13. UPGRADES. To use upgrade software, you must first be licensed for the software that is eligible
for the upgrade. Upon upgrade, this agreement takes the place of the agreement for the software
you upgraded from. After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from.
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post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Higgins View Post
ok first, dont buy it at a store.. buy it online as you can get the OEM version. You cant trasnfer it between computers like retail, but its a lot better spending $100 > $300 for that.
I will look around and see what I find in the OEM...I just did a quick search at newegg, I didn't see any Ultimate OEM versions pop up.

I will keep looking around while I save my pennies. Gotta pay off the Snap-On dealer 1st! LOL

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