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Longhorn Upgrade Version

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    Manip

    A lot of us legally own Windows XP and plan on
    purchasing Longhorn. Now you would assume that these
    people would buy an "Upgrade Edition", but the truth
    is almost none of us will because we know that it is
    too painful to use.

    Lets assume you are the type that does their own
    upgrades and makes a couple of changes (e.g. CPU / mobo / HDD etc)
    each year. Now if you had to re-install what you
    would need to do is install windows XP Pro, insert
    the upgrade disk and then reinstall Longhorn... Which
    is simply unacceptable.

    You would end up with a messy install of Longhorn
    which would take double the time a regular install
    would take (at least).

    An Alternative: Anyone who has been paying
    attention recently has seen the "free" 64bit Windows
    XP upgrade offer.

    Why couldn't Microsoft do something similar so we
    can buy the Windows XP Upgrade? In exchange for
    handing over our XP CDs and having the serial number
    blocked over activation you receive a regular
    Longhorn at a discounted price.

    The result would be that people could do an upgrade on
    their existing OS without fear of getting a poorly
    designed reinstallation solution.


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    Larry​Osterman

    Manip, how is this different from the current XP upgrade version?  Or the Win95 upgrade version?

    Microsoft has offered "upgrade" versions of their operating systems for at least 10 years, why is Longhorn different?

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    eddwo

    You don't need to install the previous version first, you can "upgrade" install onto a clean drive and just stick in the disk for the previous version at some point during the installation process to prove that you have it.

    Perhaps in the Longhorn case you wouldn't need to stick the disk in, but instead type in your XP product key which would then be blocked from further XP activations.

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    Sven Groot

    Manip wrote:

    Lets assume you are the type that does their own
    upgrades and makes a couple of changes (e.g. CPU / mobo / HDD etc)
    each year. Now if you had to re-install what you
    would need to do is install windows XP Pro, insert
    the upgrade disk and then reinstall Longhorn... Which
    is simply unacceptable.


    That's not true. Windows upgrades (and other upgrade versions of MS products as well, including Office and Visual Studio) have always been able to install clean without installing the upgrade version first. At some point during the installation you would be asked for the installation medium of a product that would qualify for upgrade. I remember doing this for Windows 95, so it goes back at least that far.

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    Jaz

    yep my windowsxp upgrade disk doesn't need any previous installs either.  so longhorn install shouldn't either

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    footballism

    have your guys every update ur win2000 system to winxp?
    that will cause some nasty stuff even if the two OSes have the same OS kernel.
    I think WinXP and longhorn are quite different in fundamental ways,so upgrade winxp to longhorn will cause a lot of compatibility issues...

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    Sven Groot

    Footballism, I completely agree with you. I never run upgrade installations, because no matter how hard MS tries to make the process seamless, the end-result is usually still a mess. Clean installs are definitely the way to go.

    Which is also why I'm glad that upgrade CDs can do clean installs.

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