Cost of Validating XP Only To Purchase Vista RRS feed

  • Question

  • To my shock Windows has alerted my that my copy of XP is not genuine. Unfortunately the retailer from which I purchased my PC, with XP installed on it, no longer exists.

    As I am morally compelled to take action I was wondering what the comparative cost is between:

    1)Validating my copy of Windows XP (which I believe is about £85) only to be compelled to then upgrade to Vista

    2)Purchasing Windows Vista (I believe will retail at £160 for the Home Basic in the UK and will be available shortly)

    Tuesday, December 5, 2006 1:08 AM


  • Masseyattack,

    According to Paul Thurrott's postings on Vista, if you happen to have a genuine copy of Windows 2000 Pro, you can use it as a basis from which to qualify for Vista upgrade licensing, which is the lesser priced option.  Otherwise, no Windows versions/edition previous to W2K will provide an upgrade path to Vista:


    Note that Paul's article is dated July 28, 2006, so details may change by the January 30, 2007 public debut.

    Tuesday, December 5, 2006 1:58 AM