I feel your pain but I don't think MS is at fault because their pricing policy hasn't changed much over the years.Yeah, I just would have liked to upgrade the wife's computer to W7 x86...for 200 bucks, you ought to get more than one install.
No, I bought my XP upgrade to upgrade from Windows 98se way back when. That should tell you how long it's been since I did any of this stuff...lolIf you have 2 licenses then you are entitled to at most 2 upgrade installs and you can no longer use the copies of XP. You traded up so the XP license saves you some money but you can't have your cake in another computer and eat it in an upgrade too. In other words, even if you put in a fresh HD you cannot upgrade to W7 and then put the XP HD in another computer - you can reformat it or you can put it in a drawer as a backup. And as Core said, IF it was an OEM copy of XP (and if it came with the computer it likely is) then you can't "legally" move it to a new computer anyway.
I think they are being very fair. They include both versions in the same "Retail" package because it is much cheaper for everyone to produce, ship, store, inventory and display one product than it does two. Microsoft and the retail stores selling would likely charge more if 32-bit and 64-bit version were packaged and sold separately. And for consumers, it gives us a choice - and the option to change our minds at a later date and not be forced to pay again. I see that as a good thing.Figures...Microsoft ought to include Vaseline with their operating systems
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