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Official Windows Vista and Office 2007 packaging


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If you're in the market for a new computer this holiday season, be sure to ask your retailer about the Express Upgrade to Windows Vista, being offered by participating PC manufacturers. When you buy a qualifying Windows Vista Capable PC between October 26, 2006 and March 15, 2007, you may be eligible for an Express Upgrade to Windows Vista.

Don't wait to enjoy the benefits of owning a new PC. Buying a Premium Ready Windows Vista Capable PC means you can buy a great Windows XP computer today, with the confidence that it will easily upgrade to the Windows Vista edition of your choice. Express Upgrade to Windows Vista offers from participating PC manufacturers will ensure you can easily enjoy Windows XP today and Windows Vista when it's available.
Doesn't premium ready also require them to have a hybrid hard drive? Are they even available?
Hybrid hard drives are not a requirement for "Premium Ready" certification.

A Windows Vista Capable PC includes at least:
  • A modern processor (at least 800MHz1).
  • 512 MB of system memory.
  • A graphics processor that is DirectX 9 capable.
A Windows Vista Premium Ready PC includes at least:
  • 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor1.
  • 1 GB of system memory.
  • Support for DirectX 9 graphics with a WDDM driver, 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)2, Pixel Shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel.
  • 40 GB of hard drive capacity with 15 GB free space.
  • DVD-ROM Drive3.
  • Audio output capability.
  • Internet access capability.


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I thought I saw somewhere that you will get 10 activations with Vista, and if you do a format/re-install that doesn't count towards it. I think the Hard Drive has to be replaced or some other serious upgrade for it to count, something like that.

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Format / re-install not count?

If format and re-install does not count then it seems you could setup multiple PC's with the same hardware and use one copy of Vista for them all.


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I read that (and I can't remember the link), you can pretty much change everything but the HDD and the motherboard before it requires you to reactivate - no wonder I had to activate XP so much (I'm very good at breaking HDDs). :(

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