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    Upgrade vs Full version (XP Home Edition)

    A friend wants to install XP. He currently has WIN ME. He knows he should not just do an upgrade but do a CLEAN INSTALL. He somehow has become convinced that he has to buy the $199 FULL version rather than the $99 Upgrade version. Someone told him that the $199 FULL version "has more stuff". I am telling him the $99 has everything the FULL version has. Am I wrong?

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    Re: Upgrade vs Full version (XP Home Edition)

    Although I am sure that Redmond's crew would love for your friend to dump another 100 bucks, they are identical - with one difference: you must provide proof of ownership of a qualifying Windows product.

    Otherwise, the bits on the CD are the same. Same features, same everything, except that one prompts you to provide a CD or floppy if the OS isn't present on the hard drive. The full version costs more under the premise that you haven't already coughed up for a Microsoft OS in the past, and doesn't ask for any proof of ownership. Either way, you're bound to activate it on one machine, whichever version is used.

    Tell your friend to save their money!!
    -Mark

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