Microsoft to ship all versions of Vista on the same disc

By Justin Mann on September 22, 2006, 11:17 AM
Microsoft is trying to give users an easy upgrade path when it comes to switching versions of Windows Vista. In something they've never done with previous releases of any software of theirs, all versions of Windows Vista will ship on the same disc. What version is actually installed will be based entirely on the key you provide it. The Windows “Anytime Upgrade” feature will let you fork out cash on-demand to get an upgraded version, and viola, it is unlocked from the disc to be installed.

While you might think MS is just asking for trouble doing this, they are quite content that it will be secure from prying eyes. Of course, the money they will say in production and handling likely won't be passed on to you, with them declining comment if this will result in upgrade prices being lowered.

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nathanskywalker said:
I'm all for the idea ;). Microsoft what are you doing? Actually supposing they could manage to make this practicle they would in the end save money, resources, and time. However, i hope they consider the possibility that they are a little over confident. Mabye MS will surprise us.
Per Hansson said:
Haha, it's pretty ironic that this has existed for a long time, pretty soon after Windows 2000 (Pro, Server, Adv Server and Datacenter Server) there where pirated "4-in-1" CD's (yes not DVD's) available on the net. Made by hackers and not MS of course... Perhaps they got hired? :D
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