[FoRK] GWave and the passing of the torch....
Stephen D. Williams
sdw at lig.net
Sat Oct 17 16:32:43 PDT 2009
Ken Ganshirt @ Yahoo wrote:
> You can't actually upgrade from XP to Windows 7. Literally. The only way you can get there is to, first, upgrade to Vista and then upgrade to Win7. Otherwise it's a clean install. That's why I recommended to wait until it's time for a new computer ... buy it with Win7 on it.
At least the educational Win7 is an "upgrade" package. However, in true
Microsoft form, this apparently has a completely different meaning than
it did for prior windows versions. For XP (and I think Vista), an
"upgrade" version was capable of being installed on a prior OS, and in
fact required it. An OEM version of Vista would install on a clean hard
drive, however there was no upgrade capability. However, you were stuck
with the specific version of Vista you had purchased, 32-bit or 64-bit
for instance. A full retail Vista Ultimate would allow you to install
any of the Vista versions, 32-bit or 64-bit, as needed.
With Win7, "upgrade" means that it can "upgrade" an installed system,
however they have a euphemism for operating systems that cannot be
upgraded directly, something like "advanced install". Apparently, the
"Windows 7 Upgrade" is not just an upgrade, but a completely version of
the OS... Which is smart if they want any hope of people "upgrading"
from Linux or OS X.
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