September 19th, 2006 by Ken Chang
So this is interesting. We all know that Vista is going to be released in a number of flavours when it comes out and normally if a user wanted to upgrade from say, XP Home to XP Pro, they would have to head out and buy another copy.
In what I would assume is a move by Microsoft primarily to save money, and indirectly make it easier for customers to upgrade, they have decided to release all versions of Vista on the same DVD. There will still be specific copies of Vista for each of the versions but if someone decides to upgrade now, you’ll already have the DVD to do so.
This also makes it a little easier for software pirates since now you’ll only need to download one ISO, not that we would EVER do such a thing!! (but seriously, we all know everyone’s going to go for the Ultimate Edition right?)
To help with the confusion, the different versions of Vista DVDs will be colour coded to help you pick it out.
- Home Basic : Light Green
- Home Premium: Dark Green
- Business: Blue
- Ultimate Edition: Platium
For anyone who wants to try out Vista, you can still download RC1 from the Microsoft site.