You know all those folks that rushed to get the Vista Upgrade coupons? Well, I sure hope they don’t do like they have been able to do in the past such as wiping the drive (formatting the drive) first to prepare for that upgrade thinking they can put their Windows XP disk in to validate their ownership as they have been able to do in the past … oh, no! Not this time. This time if you did that, you’d have to then reinstall Windows XP adding another hour to your install process (after already spending probably close to that to reformat the drive) before you will be allowed to install the “Upgrade” to Vista.
Microsoft’s quest to closely control the way Windows Vista can be used on PCs has taken a turn for the worse as new information indicates that the company is breaking tradition when it comes to Windows Vista upgrades. With Windows Vista, users will not be able to use upgrade keys to initiate completely new installations. It is a change that will affect few users, but enthusiasts will certainly be amongst those pinched.
After the foolish move by Microsoft to change the Vista Licensing and then backing off when tinkerers everywhere went ballistic about it .. now they pull this whammy. I bet no one was told that this would be the case when they bought the Upgrade Coupons, huh?
I see a potential for a class action suit out of this one when they make such a major annoying change to the way upgrades must be done from previous versions of Windows without fanfare or notification to potential buyers at the time of purchase. Particularly for those users who were infested with malware under their previous OS and wanted to just start fresh. That has never been problem in the past. You could always wipe the drive and prove ownership with your CD in the past.
Even George Ou titled his article on this, “Vista Upgrade Edition is lame by design” where he stated,
Some might just say tough; you don’t have to buy Windows Vista Upgrade Edition if you don’t like the terms of the agreement. But the problem is that there are probably already millions of people who bought in to the promise of Vista upgrade coupons during this last holiday shopping season with their new computers or their copy of Windows XP and they weren’t told that the upgrade terms have been changed. The Vista Upgrade coupons were used to lure people in to buying brand new computers for the holiday 2006 shopping season when many people would have probably opted to wait until after Vista launches at the end of January had they known about these new restrictions. Now these people are going to be in for a big shock after they wipe their computers and find out that their copy of Vista won’t install without XP on the computer.
This plan was apparently not thought up by the sharpest crayon in the box.