To all the gamers who wants to save few hundreds bucks on the new Microsoft’s Operating System, Windows Vista, there is a good news here.
Windows Vista Ultimate, which is recommended for hard-core gamers, costs US$ 399 (retail price). I think you can buy half of a computer with this price. However, casual gamers should get the Windows Vista Home Premium, which costs US$239 (retail price). The upgrade version of these editions cost slightly lesser than the retail price.
According to this source, you can install the Upgrade version of Windows Vista, clean from nothing, i.e. you do not need Windows XP. Hurray! Save that money and buy new hardwares and games.
This installation methods save you money but not time. Practically you have to install Windows Vista twice, which may take hours to complete.
Here is the summary of the procedure.
- Boot the Windows Vista Upgrade DVD and start the setup.
- When you are prompted to enter your product key, DO NOT ENTER, and proceed on with the installation of the 30 days Windows Vista trial.
- When prompt, select the edition of Windows Vista that you bought.
- When the setup is completed, the new Vista-ised desktop you yearning for will appear and run the install program from within the Windows itself.
- Type in your product when prompted.
- When you are asked to install an Upgrade version of Custom(Advanced), choose the latter. Yes, you can install Windows Vista for the second time.
- Once setup has completed for the second time, you should be able to activate Windows Vista. You can also delete the Windows.old directory which contains information from the first Vista install.
By the way, if you install Windows Vista Upgrade on your Windows XP, your Windows XP Product Key will be invalid after installing Windows Vista.