Microsoft: Vista upgrades for everybody!

Windows Vista is starting to look like those Persian rug stores which are always having a 'closing down' sale. 'Full' prices are set laughably high only to make you think you're getting an amazing discount, because no-one pays the marked price. All stock has been slashed, save $$$, why pay more?

The latest from Sultan Bill's House of Software is that anyone running any pre-release version of Vista code -- from the creaky Beta 2 to the slicker Release Candidate builds and assorted Customer Preview Program (CPP) editions -- is eligible for upgrade pricing on the full version of Vista.

It's the silver lining on the cloud for anyone still using pre-release code, which was made widely available during the long run-up to last year's launch of the uber-OS but stamped with a use-by date of May 31st, 2007.

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I do not see anywhere from the official link from Microsoft that you get a full version at upgrade price nor is there a place to make such a purchase.

If you read the blog posted it frequently says upgrade version and final version, but nowhere does it say retail version or full version.

My problem of this is when these RC or beta users need to reinstall their Upgrade version of Vista what are they going to have to go through.

xploit1030 said,
My problem of this is when these RC or beta users need to reinstall their Upgrade version of Vista what are they going to have to go through.

It seems you didn't read the article right, Beta and RC/CTP users get FULL VERSIONS of Vista at UPGRADE VERSION prices. And if you have the full retail or OEM version, as long as your hardware is the same as it was when you activated Vista, then re-installing it doesn't change anything. You can reinstall it as many times as you want on the same hardware. If though you make some sorta big enough change that make activation start again, then it's a simple phone call to MS and you get a new key. No real problem at all.

lol very creative and oddly true way of splicing the news into commentary on vista pricing :)

How bad would you feel if you did pay full price for vista though when there are a plethora of Sultan Bills crazy never to be repeated once in a life time upgrade offers!