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12. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Jan 6, 2013, 22:28 Creston
 
Ant wrote on Jan 6, 2013, 13:10:
peteham wrote on Jan 6, 2013, 08:46:
I'd consider getting this Windows 8 upgrade for my laptop at this price (mainly for the slightly improved battery life), if it wasn't for the upgrade reportedly requiring the presence of an existing Win7 installation every time you want to do a full system wipe/reinstall. Granted, I'm not doing those nearly as often these days compared to the XP-or-earlier era, but even so. Having to FIRST install Win7 and then running the upgrade installer every single time, is too much hassle. So I'll just stick with 7.
Yep, that's upgrade. You need retail to do clean installs. OEM doesn't work well if you want to reuse it on new hardwares since it is only for installation for the same PC. DRM FTL.

The fucking irritating thing is that they used to allow you to just put in a CD of a previous valid OS, and then they would install the new OS clean, even if it was an upgrade. So if you had an XP upgrade CD, it would ask for "proof" of an existing OS, you'd put in a 98 or win2K CD, and it would go.

That apparently stopped right around Vista. When I installed my Win7 upgrade, I actually first had to install Windows XP. It sits there in a dual boot, never used, taking up a few gigs of space.

So even if I wanted to upgrade to 8, I'd first have to install XP, then upgrade to 7, then upgrade to 8? Fuck that noise, MS. Way to make your shit WORSE to use over the years.

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