Susan Brown said:
If I buy Window Vista prenium upgrade disk and use my xp disk as an upgrade path, am I still able to use my window xp pro disk on other computer or will the license be void?
In the US, this usually means you remain licensed for a total of 1 machine, and that machine is now licensed with the Vista install. The XP license is now in abeyance and cannot be used for or by anyone else, although if you decide Vista is crap and you want to uninstall Vista and go back to your original XP (assuming you have the actual install media to do so...OEM machines might not provide the media and ability to revert or reinstall the originally provided OS), that's OK...although you still might run into "validation" problems with Microsoft when it comes time to re-validate your XP install once the Vista install is gone. Reported re-validation experiences differ.
The problem is that there are MULTIPLE
versions of licenses out there for each Windows OS. Special and even limited-time licensing may be provided in a specific purchase
(e.g. for students WHILE they remain students, etc) To be sure what is and is not allowed, you MUST read the license(s) that came with your purchase.
But, if your XP machine does what you want it to do...don't change the OS (esp to Vista...why anyone would want to use Vista is something I don't understand. If you do change it anyway, then go to Win7. But if the issue is ongoing support, be aware that Microsoft plans to drop support for all Win7 Versions except for Win7Pro and Win7 Enterprise on Jan 13 2015.
Susan Brown said:
Another question is that I am currently using Rosewill HDD controller for my 3 ide hdd. Will the HDD controller still work after I install vista or is the controller card be useless?...Susan.
That will likely depend totally*
on Rosewill, although it's possible
that Win7 would provide some sort of generic driver capability (but not a given). A generic driver would likely have crippled functionality (e.g. might not support AHCI, NCQ, RAID, and/or something else to do with your HDDs that may be affected by that specific Rosewill card). Vista on the other hand, is notorious for not providing any
drivers for a wide-range of devices. Check to see if Rosewill has drivers for the card for the version of Windows you plan to use. If you use a 64bit Windows version, you will want a 64bit driver for that Windows version.
Rosewill brand items sometimes can use drivers from other brands. For example, a Rosewill WiFi adapter I have is actually a re-branded TPLink adapter and uses the same drivers. So, the TPLink website may
provide updates (or drivers for another OS) for that specific
WiFi adapter when Rosewill does not. If Rosewill does not provide software updates for a re-branded device, there is no guarantee that any other manufacturer will pick up the responsibility to do so. In other words, you're on your own.
sorry about all the updates...on full pain medicines today and I keep thinking of a bit more detail to add or things to clear up