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windows vista and w.v upgrade difference

I want to know whats the difference between Windows vista and windows vista upgrade?
i looked at vista boxes, and i saw 2 different windows vista ultimate. I saw Windows vista Ultimate cost around 500$ and Windows vista Upgrade cost 200$. What the hell is the difference?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Vista (upgrade)

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You can use Vista upgrade for a machine with XP installed on it. You must use Vista full for a new machine. That's for sure.

Windows XP Upgrade was less demanding. It only required you to put a Windows 98 CD in the drive as proof that you had a valid license of Windows 98 to upgrade, even when installing on a new blank hard disk.

I don't know if Vista upgrade is just as easy about its requirements as XP or requires a operational (or even activated) copy of XP on the same hard disk or in the same partition.
But I'm sure somebody here knows.


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The license

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The license is what's the difference between the two. If you know what you're doing, you can get the upgrade versions to install on a system without an operating system, but the conditions for the reduced price of the upgrade version is that you own a license for a qualifying upgrade product.

It's doubtful Microsoft would ever know if you built a new system and loaded Vista onto it using an upgrade version, but it is technically a violation of the terms of the license to use the software, so you would be in breach of contract. Technically Microsoft could terminate your use of Windows and likely sue you for damages. The odds of that happening are very remote, but they are greater than zero. So if you want to stay on the legal up and up, you would need to pay for the full retail version if you were building a new system or didn't have a license for a qualifying upgrade product.

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