Microsoft are sending a clear message to many bloggers who are discussing how to break their rules and perform a clean install of Windows 7 using the upgrade media.
This really is a move to save people money, as the upgrade options cost significantly less than the full versions. Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for instance sells for $80 less than the full version while The Professional and Ultimate upgrades are $100 less than full price. Microsoft’s EULA only allows Windows 7 upgrades to be installed on PCs that have a previous version of Windows already installed.
Eric Ligman, Microsofts global partner experience lead has claimed this is illegal and seems to be very unhappy about the situation. "For those of you without an existing Windows license to upgrade from, you should be aware that an upgrade license by itself is not a license to install and run Windows on your computer," Ligman wrote in a blog post.
Ligman also was keen to mention unnamed sources who’ve recently published instructions on how to use a Windows 7 upgrade disk to install Windows 7 on a blank hard drive. "Regardless of what any hack says, a Windows 7 upgrade is an upgrade," Ligman wrote.
This really is nothing new however as the same situation occurred right after the Vista launch. Surprisingly Microsoft failed to close this loophole in Vista Service Pack 1 which made many journalists conclude thay they felt it was a way for Microsoft to keep the official media a sweeter deal for those enthusiasts with enough knowledge to use the ‘hack’.
Will Ligmans’ recent blog posts fall on deaf ears? I think we can safely assume that they will.
Allan Campbell: Heaven Media