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TSE

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Jun 25, 2007
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sigh... I guess I am going to have to get Vista to run a game...

I have a question, my father works in IT, and went to a 4 week Vista training thing, and he told me that when he asked about how he should go about installing Vista on my MBP, the guy told him," Microsoft doesn't require you to buy Ultimate to use on boot camp anymore, you can use Home Premium or Basic, if you would like, we changed the license agreement."

Another interesting thing he said,"Microsoft also doesn't require you to buy a full retail package anymore, you can instead buy Upgrade and just install it like you would normally. We are doing this to boost sales." But when my dad asked him about OEM the guy told him that is still against the user agreement.

Any truth to this? I think I might try to install Windows Home Premium SP1 with an upgrade disc and see if it works, but I don't have a disc, so I will have to buy it for 90 bucks, and I am afraid it might not be compatible with Boot Camp.
 

robbieduncan

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Jul 24, 2002
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Microsoft have never required you to buy Ultimate to use BootCamp. The licensing restrictions were for virtualisation technologies only (VMWare and Parallels). BootCamp is just some drivers and a partitioner: Windows is installed on the raw hardware as normal.

There are ways of installing an upgrade as a full install but they are still against the EULA of that version.

My understanding is that you can buy an OEM version if you meet the licensing conditions: primarily you must buy hardware with the OEM version of Windows.
 

72930

Retired
May 16, 2006
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Any Vista is and was always fine for BC, only the rules have changed on Virtualization.
 

Silverbird0000

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Sep 19, 2006
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Fort Myers, FL
I've used a Windows Anytime Upgrade CD before and it installed Vista on my MBP in boot camp just fine. The Anytime Upgrade CD does not come with a serial number, you have 30 days to buy one. But there are always ways around that...
 

TSE

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Jun 25, 2007
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Hmmm... do you think if I just downloaded Vista and put it to a CD, installed it on boot camp then used the Upgrade Serial # that would be legal?
 

robbieduncan

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Jul 24, 2002
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Hmmm... do you think if I just downloaded Vista and put it to a CD, installed it on boot camp then used the Upgrade Serial # that would be legal?

No. The upgrade is only licensed for upgrading existing, valid, installs of Windows. If you don't have one then nothing you do will make an Upgrade licensed.

And Upgrade serial #s don't generally work with anything other than upgrade installs.
 

jdaco6

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Nov 19, 2007
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No. The upgrade is only licensed for upgrading existing, valid, installs of Windows. If you don't have one then nothing you do will make an Upgrade licensed.

And Upgrade serial #s don't generally work with anything other than upgrade installs.

Having said that i have just bought Vista Ultimate upgrade from RM basement (student discount) and used the Upgrade key to fresh install the OS and it all activated fine!!!

http://www.rm.com/basement
 

CWallace

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Aug 17, 2007
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My understanding is that you can buy an OEM version if you meet the licensing conditions: primarily you must buy hardware with the OEM version of Windows.

That was true for versions of Windows prior to Vista. However, it appears MS changed the rules for Vista in the interest of getting people to actually buy it.

Many reputable retailers sell it as a single item (no corresponding hardware purchase required) and MS is not sending them C&D letters so...
 

The Flashing Fi

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Sep 23, 2007
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No. The upgrade is only licensed for upgrading existing, valid, installs of Windows. If you don't have one then nothing you do will make an Upgrade licensed.

And Upgrade serial #s don't generally work with anything other than upgrade installs.

While according to the EULA, you're right. You can use the upgrade package to do a full installation of Vista with the Upgrade key and everything. Basically, you install Vista without using your key, then you "upgrade" it. You put the DVD back in, upgrade it, enter in our key, let it do its magic, and you have a genuine install of Vista using the Upgrade key.
 

jdaco6

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Nov 19, 2007
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While according to the EULA, you're right. You can use the upgrade package to do a full installation of Vista with the Upgrade key and everything. Basically, you install Vista without using your key, then you "upgrade" it. You put the DVD back in, upgrade it, enter in our key, let it do its magic, and you have a genuine install of Vista using the Upgrade key.

Strange wonder what RM Vista Ultimate Upgrade was then because i dident have to install it twice at all, just once and it activated fine!!

It was the one here http://www.rm.com/basement (Cheap)
 

chrono1081

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Jan 26, 2008
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I just bought an OEM of windows XP and installed it on my mac because any newly purchased computer can use an OEM disk, it does not have to be built by you. (Thats all the EULA says that I saw is newly purchased, not to mention newegg will sell OEM disks when you buy a new computer.)
 
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