Error in Windows 7 The Missing Manual

Why does the Windows 7 book incorrectly say that an Upgrade version of Windows 7 cannot be used to upgrade from XP ? (Page 820: "If you computer is currently running anything but Windows Vista you have to buy the Full version of Windows 7 ...")
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  • Hi Christopher,
    I think you're right- according to a FAQ on one of Microsoft's website's:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/wi...

    "Yes, you can buy the upgrade version of Windows 7, but you'll need to perform a custom installation. This means that you should back up all of your files to an external location and gather the installation discs or setup files for programs that you want to use with Windows 7. For detailed instructions, see Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7. "

    Interesting!
    If you'd like you can submit the errata that you found on this book here (so you can get the credit for finding it) :

    http://www.oreillynet.com/cs/catalog/...

    The author / editors are pretty good about acknowledging when the information is incorrect and correcting it for future editions.

    Thanks for pointing that out!

    Cheers,
    Tai H.
    Customer Service Rep,
    O'Reilly Media
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  • Thanks! I will submit it.

    This almost gave me heart failure as I had just gotten a good number of upgrade versions in preparation for the movement of our small company from XP to 7, and I thought I would have to return the ones I had, if I could, and then spend more on the full versions. And if I couldn't return them, I'd be stuck, and still have to buy the full versions. Neither was sounding too good. Luckily I thought to check before too much time had gone by, but it was not a good feeling.
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  • Hi Christopher,
    sorry for the scare, I can imagine it was an unpleasant surprise! The definitive answer can also be verified by contacting Microsoft's support number:
    1-800-642-7676
    I'd encourage you to do that as well just to make sure all the bases are covered.
    Best of luck with the upgrade!

    Tai
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