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The Question is:

I've already been through the FAQ. Can you please tell me if the upgrade to
 7.2-1h1 from 7.2-1 can be downloaded or do I have to contact my Sales Rep ?

The Answer is :

  OpenVMS and layered product software kits are not generally available
  for anonymous download, and must be ordered from your Compaq reseller
  or Compaq representative.  CD-ROM kit part numbers for various recent
  OpenVMS releases are in the OpenVMS Software Product Description (SPD)
  and various hardware and maintenance release media kit part numbers are
  also in the OpenVMS FAQ.
  For information on the upgrade itself, please see the OpenVMS V7.2-2
  release documentation, and particularly the OpenVMS installation and
  upgrade documentation for the release.
  Use of V7.2-2 and V7.3 and (as available) later releases are recommended
  over the installation of a hardware release such as V7.2-1H1 -- the
  OpenVMS hardware releases are intended only for initial and temporary
  use and only on specific hardware platforms or configurations, and only
  prior to the availability of a non-hardware OpenVMS release with support
  for the particular hardware configuration.  (Please see the OpenVMS FAQ
  for general information on the OpenVMS release terminology.)
  OpenVMS V7.2-1H1 was replaced by V7.2-2, and the OpenVMS Wizard cannot
  and does not recommend new installations of the V7.2-1H1 release.
  If you must install an older (hardware) release, then you will want to
  review the installation and upgrade documentation for the release, and
  the new features and release notes documentation for the release.
  (In the case of hardware releases, this documentation can be combined
  into a single manual.)
  Please see the Prior Version Support (PVS) information referenced in
  the FAQ for details of the support lifetimes and PVS plans for various
  OpenVMS releases.  Please also see the FAQ for pointers to the website
  with the available OpenVMS documentation.  And please see the FAQ for
  the available upgrade paths for recent OpenVMS releases.
  Upgrade-related discussions available here in Ask The Wizard (ATW)
  include: (251), (334), (504), (799), (952), (1048), (1197), (1690),
  (1693), (1795), (1904), (2397), (2509), (2968), (3059), (4010),
  (4183), (4397), (7392), and other topics.

answer written or last revised on ( 9-JAN-2002 )

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