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Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade (Educational) -

You may need to prove your academic status.

"Proving" your academic status in the past has meant you got sent a voucher and got an academic institution to validate that voucher. You were able to purchase academic versions if you worked in a school or university or even just had children attending school. However some interesting comments in the reviews of this product - "Even though I am a student, there is no check for academic status and this is most certainly the cheapest way to get Vista!" however it is definately worth checking this if you don't qualify.

Also there is a workaround for the upgrade edition to do a clean install without having to install your qualifying OS first: http://www.dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=5932
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#1
you read the reviews on that page? dont think this is a good idea
#2
Be extremely careful, you will run into trouble soon enough if you cannot prove you are an academic. Vista will still work but you will not be able to update the system. There are similar pitfalls with the NHS version of Microsoft software. Some reviewers claim that they are not asked if they are students during setup, but when verification comes along I bet they were. Personally, I'd avoid it if you are not in the academic world.
#3
Remember you can get vista business for free if your academic institution (or dept) is part of the MSDN Academic Alliance programme. Check out at http://www.msdnaa.net/search/schoolsearch.aspx? to see if your institution or dept is involved
#4
I am actually using the academic version and no checks where made, and even if they where my partner is doing a couple of part time computer courses which qualify plus reading the small print from microsoft having any children in your home of school ages also qualifies you!!!
#5
To be on the safe side, the OEM version isn't that much more expensive. Order it with hardware, IE RAM and you're covered.

Allows you to have a clean install without faffin' around with silly loopholes.
#6
The oem version is fine so long as you are not constantly updating the spec or hardware configuration of your puter like i do! If you are building a pc then are happy without ever upgrading during its lifetime then go for it!
Faffing around? The complete double install took me less than an hour! A single install of XP took double that!
#7
harlzter
The oem version is fine so long as you are not constantly updating the spec or hardware configuration of your puter like i do! If you are building a pc then are happy without ever upgrading during its lifetime then go for it!


I've used OEM versions of XP and when you install too many new components at once it tells you you need to re-validate the installation. A quick call to the helpline explaining what you've done and they give you a new validation code. I've done this twice in the past with no problem so I would expect the OEM of Vista to have a similar upgrade policy.
#8
so if you have an OEM version of XP

and you buy this version (my wife is a teacher) - then presumably it will activate, updates will work etc, but in the strict sense of things, really its not legitimate, as you can't upgrade from an OEM version of XP ?

thanks, Mark.
#9
Oh, for Heaven's sake. If you aren't sure about BUYING software, don't buy it. Download it from a torrent site. Then you KNOW it's not legal.

[/sarcasm @ everyone]
#10
im a student currently doing a HND would I be able to apply for this.
#11
A word of warning about the upgrade to Vista. When you upgrade, you forfeit your XP licence. A clean dual boot install alongside XP is the best option, though I wouldn't touch Vista with a bargepole for at least a year.
#12
jim2k23
im a student currently doing a HND would I be able to apply for this.


Yup.

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