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Microsoft details Vista upgrade path

‘Windows Anytime Upgrade’, the Microsoft software programme designed to allow Windows users to upgrade an existing edition of the firm’s Windows OS to a higher-grade edition online, will apply to users in this region after Vista’s launch next month, in that it will allow the internet purchase of product ‘keys’ by users in this region. However the service will not cover the upgrade of Windows XP computers to Vista.

‘Windows Anytime Upgrade’, the Microsoft software programme designed to allow Windows users to upgrade an existing edition of the firm’s Windows OS to a higher-grade edition online, will apply to users in this region after Vista’s launch next month, in that it will allow the internet purchase of product ‘keys’ by users in this region. However the service will not cover the upgrade of Windows XP computers to Vista.

“People who already have Vista Home Basic or Business will be able to purchase a Vista product key through the internet and, because all of the versions of Vista are included on each version’s original discs, this key will then allow these users to easily upgrade their OS to Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Ultimate,” a Microsoft Gulf spokesperson told Windows Middle East today.

Anytime Upgrade will not - initially at least – allow Windows XP users here to upgrade via the purchase of a product key and then an online download or via the delivery of CDs by a Microsoft distributor. Microsoft claims to be working on some form of online “options” relating to XP upgraders, but as of today no concrete details were yet available.

“For XP users, our Upgrade boxes will be available from all major retailers from the 15th of February onwards,” the firm’s spokesperson confirmed.

Following the retail roll-out of consumer versions of Vista here next month, Windows Anytime Upgrade will be launched in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Users will be available to access the online service at www.microsoft.com/middleeast/windowsvista. Alternatively, there is another way to upgrade directly from a Windows Vista PC, which is by going into the OS’s Control Panel, selecting System and Maintenance, and then clicking Windows Anytime Upgrade.

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