hey, i was just wondering if someone who has the 6801 build, would it upgrade as microsoft releases the beta and further editions. it would be nice to just run windows upgrade and it would get the beta....
6801 was released to selected Beta testers and handed out liberally at MS seminars. Normally the link for future Betas is sent by Email to the chosen recipients. The suggested procedure is nearly always that a clean installation should be made, for the purposes of the Beta testing.
If you are referring to "Updates" and not upgrade, then the answer would be - No.
Although I can't say for sure that you can't do what your proposing as I haven't tried that yet.. I can say why would you even want to bother upgrading? For all the time it takes to do a clean install these days (especially with how fast windows 7/Vista formats a HDD), doing an upgrade is really kinda pointless when ya think about it. Clean install is just that a Clean install, meaning you get to start fresh and not have bloat from a previous install. Not to mention if you go to MS's site and look it up they will actually tell you that upgrading takes more time then doing a clean install. And if your worried about loosing your settings and what not, well there's not a whole lot I can say about that besides.... oh well.
I donno, that's just me, but I know alot of people just want to get an OS installed as fast and with as few problems as possible and a Clean install is one surefire way to do that.
No there will not be upgrades available to future builds. They need to keep the beta test field to a limit and the only way to do that is to hand out the software themselves. So I am sorry you will have to do a clean install if you are going to get the beta version.