Microsoft to ignore Vista upgrade loophole

Written by Tim Smalley

February 7, 2007 | 13:36

Tags: #close #loophole #not #open #upgrade #vista

Companies: #microsoft

The loophole that allows users to use an upgrade version of Vista for a fresh installation will not be closed. Instead, Microsoft will rely on consumer honesty for the time being.

A spokesperson from the software giant stated that "People without a licensed copy of XP that use this workaround are violating the terms of use agreed to when they purchased the upgrade version of Windows Vista.

"As such, we believe only a very small percentage of people will take the time to implement this workaround, and we encourage all customers to follow our official guidelines for upgrading to Windows Vista."

Because of the workaround, consumers can save significant amounts of money by buying the upgrade version instead of the full retail copies that cost about 35 per cent more.

You have to wonder about whether this strategy makes sense for Microsoft, especially when the company has gone to such great lengths to prevent piracy in Vista.

If large numbers of consumers go down this route to save a few bucks, I personally can't see this loophole remaining open for a long time. Got your own thoughts on the whole Vista upgrade debacle? Share them in the forums.
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