Microsoft Says No to Windows 7 Upgrade 'Hack'
Microsoft posts a response to information drifting around the Internet that Windows 7, its new operating system, can be installed using an upgrade disk on a blank hard drive. Such an installation would violate Microsoft's End User License Agreement, and Microsoft insists that this is illegal. The large number of full Windows licenses already in circulation may prevent this so-called hack from becoming a huge issue.In response to news that the Windows 7 upgrade disk can be used to install the entire operating system on a blank hard drive, Microsoft issued a firm message: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Microsoft, of course, would like the community to follow its EULA (End User License Agreement), which stipulates that in order to upgrade a user must already have a "qualifying full license" attached to a previous version of Windows.
However, a number of blog and message-board posts circulating on the Web since Windows 7's Oct. 22 launch have suggested that if a Windows user wants to save anywhere from $74 to $91 (based on Amazon.com's prices), he or she can purchase a Windows 7 upgrade disk in place of the full version. From there, a number of paths exist for loading the upgrade onto a blank hard drive and then using that as a basis for activating the Windows 7's full package product version.