vista question

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Freyqq, May 7, 2007.

  1. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    I'm going to buy vista for bootcamp. Do I need the upgrade version or the full version? (home premium). Is it like xp where you can insert an old 98 cd and buy the upgrade version? Thanks.

    also, whats the benefits of ultimate over home premium?
     
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  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Imagine trying to eject your disc without an emergency eject.
     
  4. balamw Moderator

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    For XP all you need is an external USB optical drive and you're golden. (Or do the more complicated combine XP and 98 CDs onto one disc like I did).

    Vista, however, offers other options...

    http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/31/clean-install-workaround-for-vista-upgrade-discovered/

    This of course assumes that you are entitled to an upgrade license having transferred a previous license to your Mac...

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  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I forgot about that. We've had this discussion too.
     
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  7. balamw Moderator

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    They you are definitely best off buying the full retail license, as it'll require the least amount of effort to install. :p

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  8. sw1tcher macrumors 65816

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    Vista comparison
     
  9. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816

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    Wouldn't you also be able to install xp via boot camp and then upgrade to vista? (It sounded like you had a CD version around somewhere).

    I'm thinking of doing this. Buying a dirt cheap copy of xp home and then using my ed. discount to get a vista upgrade incredibly cheap.

    Of course it might be smarter just to stick with XP :D
     
  10. Celeron macrumors 6502a

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    I think the main question is this:

    1. Do you already own a legal copy of Windows XP?

    If no, then you need the full version.

    If yes, then you can buy the upgrade.

    There really isn't too much science involved here.
     
  11. Homer2556 macrumors newbie

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    If you do have a full version of XP sitting around, it has to have SP2 on the disk, otherwise you're screwed. Or if you're lucky enough to know someone who works for MS, they can get you a copy of Vista or XP for dirt cheap. (Gotta love family :D )
     
  12. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I have an upgrade version of xp home and a copy of 98

    can i get xp home (upgrade) to install?
     
  13. balamw Moderator

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    Yes, see my first post in this thread.

    If you don't have an external USB optical drive, combine the two discs into one as described here:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=2584991&postcount=23

    Read the whole thread.

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