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CAUTION; new systems only come with VISTA!

By jobeard
Apr 6, 2007
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  1. Some people need to replace an existing system (reason obviously vary), but
    they may not be aware that anything on the shelf today will come with VISTA
    preinstalled -- and that may lead to "the cure is worse than the disease".
    In addition, wiping the HD and installing XP/* on it may have issues with the
    hardware or at the very least, not be able to provide a valid license key to
    keep it running beyond 30 days.

    WHY?

    Recommendation:
    Walk slowly into that good night! Do your homework on hardware and software
    compatibilty, keep your existing systems operational as a fallback, and ...
    Pray that the known issues get resolved rapidly!

    btw: Commercial users are not expected to migrate any too soon -- so CAVEAT EMPTOR!
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Some Vista versions give you the right to downgrade to XP and if you call in to activate and explain the situation, you will be allowed to activate this "pirated" copy of XP no problem.
  3. Sjbrand99

    Sjbrand99 Banned Posts: 267

    If this thread isn't going to be a sticky then it really was pointless. I think it should be. ;)
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,421   +217

    Just curious since I don't have Vista yet, but in those cases can you restore back to Vista later should the need arise?
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu Newcomer, in training Posts: 9,431

    Yes.

    Double-check with the Microsoft downgrade paths before getting a machine with Vista tho. IIRC, you can't downgrade Home versions.
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