Buying Vista in the USA

  tristar 19:03 05 Feb 07

I'm going to the US in a few weeks time for a holiday. If I were to buy a copy of Vista at US prices, would I have trouble installing and registering the product on my UK computer?


  Technotiger 19:09 05 Feb 07

Hi, I am not a techie, but yes, I have no doubt you would have problems.

  tristar 19:12 05 Feb 07

Perhaps I should make it clear, by copy, I don't mean an illegal copy, just the legal MS version

  Technotiger 19:12 05 Feb 07

click here

and this is even with a UK version!

  Technotiger 19:13 05 Feb 07

I did not doubt that you meant a Original legal version.

  Technotiger 19:26 05 Feb 07

You might also find this thread interesting (from the Vista Forum)...

click here

  Totally-braindead 19:26 05 Feb 07

I do not know if you would have a problem with it being a US copy. If it is a full version and it was XP we were talking about then I would be sure it would install ok. But with Vista a lot of people are having problems. Some find it installs perfectly and some are finding it won't.
I do not know if there is a difference between the US Vista and the UK Vista, there wasn't with XP but with Vista I just don't know as they've changed a lot of things, upgrades for example. You used to be able to do a clean install with an upgrade disk and just put in your original operating system disk so the program could check that you had a legal copy of windows. Thats changed now. You need the original copy of windows already installed on the PC and it needs to be authenticated so now you cannot do a clean install with Vista.

  tristar 19:28 05 Feb 07

Thanks for the info, I think I'll give it a miss for a while!!

  Technotiger 19:31 05 Feb 07

It appears that the FE is trying his best on behalf of all of us, by contacting Microsoft! But don't hold your breath.

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