Sunday, January 28, 2007

Windows Vista Causing Upgrade Confusion

With Microsoft launching Windows Vista tomorrow (1/29) to parties and celebrities, confusion is sure to follow with the great number of versions of Windows Vista that are available. Now, Microsoft has announced that if you purchase an Upgrade edition of Windows Vista you can not do a "clean install" instead you must have another version of windows on the computer, XP for example and then you must install Vista as an upgrade. While this may seem OK, it means that there will always relics from the old operating system mixed in with the new Vista.

In older versions of Windows, 2000, XP, etc, there was an upgrade checking mechanism in which you could either choose a clean install or authenticate an older version of Windows by inserting the CD. Why would Microsoft want to control this part of the operating system install process?