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Home Editions Of Windows Vista Won't Run On Mac Or Linux
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Fri Feb 02, 2007 3:29 pm Reply and quote this post
Mac owners and Linux users hoping to run Windows Vista using virtual machine software had better own the Business or Ultimate editions of the new operating system, according to Microsoft's licensing terms.

The end-user license agreements governing both the Home Basic and Home Premium editions of the OS specifically forbid users from booting the software "within a virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware system." The blanket prohibitions don't apply to the higher-end editions of Windows Vista.

That means Linux aficionados or users of Apple Macs will not legally be able to use software from vendors such as Parallels or EMC's VMWare to create so-called virtual machines on their desktops to run Vista alongside their favorite OS. Windows users wanting to run Vista in a virtual machine environment for security or productivity purposes also will need either the Business or Ultimate Edition.

In his blog, Parallels head of marketing Ben Rudolph says the licensing policy could cost Microsoft some new customers.
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This strategy could hold back users who embrace cutting-edge technologies like virtualization, which means they won't upgrade to Vista. This means that Microsoft has effectively lost an upgrade customer [in the case of Windows PCs] or an entirely new customer [for Mac and Linux users]


They are up to their silly ticks again (maybe they have no idea about turnover) where you sell more cakes for 50p and make  more money or sell less £2 cakes and get less money overall.

Same tricks with Vista only games, and Xbox 360 only games, forcing people to upgrade, but most people dont.

If I have an Intel Mac say, I would get home premium for it, not £400 Ultimate edition.
Anyway, who reads the EULA? I can see this being ignored unless a syetm is in place.

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Fri Feb 02, 2007 6:42 pm Reply and quote this post
again - bloody Microsoft - why, oh, why do this!
Stupid idiots, do they want to ruin their 'cred' even more?
But like you said, no one is going to take notice of the EULA, I mean does anyone actually read it?

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Sat Feb 03, 2007 6:04 am Reply and quote this post
The OEM version of Vista Ultimate is only 110 and I ended up cancelling my order for Premium and getting that instead as it ended up a tiny bit less. I'm not going to pay 300 more for some fancy packaging.
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Wed Feb 07, 2007 8:38 pm Reply and quote this post
William Tildesley wrote:
again - bloody Microsoft - why, oh, why do this!
Stupid idiots, do they want to ruin their 'cred' even more?
But like you said, no one is going to take notice of the EULA, I mean does anyone actually read it?


i agree with you. i'm just hating Microsoft even more every day it seems...

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Sun Mar 25, 2007 8:05 am Reply and quote this post
If the he OEM version of Vista Ultimate is only 110, why doesn't everybody buy it?
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Sun Mar 25, 2007 5:36 pm Reply and quote this post
perhaps because they don't need it?
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