Ok, I bought my computer just 5 days before the date of Oct 26. Has anyone successfully got Dell to make their computer qualified? Anybody got any ideas on how to go about that?
Because it’s with in the 30 day return period I’m thinking maybe threatening to send the notebook back and just buy anther computer to get the upgrade might work. Any thoughts on that.
On another note, I do know with a high degree of certainty that any computer purchased from dell, that came with a Windows XP CD can upgrade their computer with the Vista Upgrade CD.
And that you CAN do a clean install with the "Vista upgrade CD”, you just need a full copy of windows XP, such as the one dell provide you. Other companies such as HP and Toshiba do not provide full versions like Dell, and thus it would not work. As far as my conversation with Dell tech support is concered The Vista upgrade CD is not married to your OEM. All the upgrade CD will do if you are installing Vista on a "clean" system is check to see that you do have an XP CD, It might have to be a CD from dell and participating companys, but as far as I understand it does not. You can also install it if you have XP installed, it will just upgrade XP to Vista. Personally I like clean installs.
Now the version of the Upgrade CD has to match the version of XP you have.
Windows Vista Home Premium upgrade cd has to check to see if you have a Windows XP MCE 2005 edition and Windows Vista Business upgrade CD needs to be paired to a Windows XP professional edition cd, ect...
The only thing I do not know is if the Vista CD Pairs to that specific XP CD After you install the Vista on a computer, I don’t think it would, but who knows.
Please note this does not mean that you can install multiple copies of Vista using Visa upgrade CD, you will have to register Vista after you install it. So if there are multiple copies of Vista running on different computers, Microsoft will know.