HP opens Vista upgrade site

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Vista_logo_4Yesterday we mentioned a Vista upgrade redemption site for some computer brands; we also indicated that some OEMs will likely handle their own Vista upgrade logistics and sure enough, HP did just that today. Here’s the official HP word on the upgrade site:

"If you purchase an HP or Compaq Windows Vista Capable * Notebook PC, Desktop PC, or HP Digital Entertainment Center between October 26, 2006 and March 15, 2007 you may be eligible for a free upgrade kit from your existing Windows XP® operating system to the new Windows Vista operating system. This upgrade kit will be available after Microsoft launches Windows Vista, currently scheduled for early 2007."

There are plenty more details on the upgrade paths and eligibility, so if your recent or upcoming HP Compaq purchase is eligible, here’s where you want to go.

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The HP Vista upgrade site is the worst thing a company can do to their customers. After many hours trying to register, I still can’t get the web site to accept my Certificate of Authenticity. Perhaps it’s because HP’s Asian assembly plant is distributing unauthorized copies of Windows XP. Microsoft should be investing this and supporting Windows users.

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