M$ to ship all OS bits with Vista

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Microsoft plans to market several versions of Vista but will distribute all of the OS bits with every product shipped so users can easily unlock and step up to more full-featured versions using electronic keys, sources said.

"No matter which edition you buy you get all the bits and a key to unlock it. Everyone will have all the bits," said one source familiar with Microsoft's plans. "Right now we maintain master images for each version of Windows XP and it's a lot of work. Now there's just one master image."

http://www.wininsider.com/news/?8851
 

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oh cool. so it will be a matter of just guessing those keys :p
 

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Not that alone.
You would need to modify another file too.

I hope you're aware that the only difference between:
Windows XP pro/home/VLK (corp) edition,
& retail/OEM/MSDN/upgrade/academic/60-day trial,
All of those above is determined by just 2 files - the setupp.ini & setupreg.hiv

So even today, it still is simple to convert any WinXP disc to any other of your choice. Don't tell me you've never tried this? :eek:
 


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Originally posted by prathapml@Jan 10 2006, 02:38 AM
So even today, it still is simple to convert any WinXP disc to any other of your choice. Don't tell me you've never tried this? :eek:
I use Server 2003. It was supposed to be a trial std edition ;) But its running as an enterprise full edition :p