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Windows 7: Confused on what version of windows 7 to buy.

10 Dec 2011   #11
mrwearysinner

Windows 7 Ultumate x64
 
 

windows 7 ultimate 64bit best! works marvels!


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10 Dec 2011   #12
Fruito

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Ok i dont have a retail version of either xp or vista so im guessing OEM (Home premium as its the cheapest) is the best option.
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10 Dec 2011   #13
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fruito View Post
Thanks for the swift replies but you say retail upgrade licence, does that require a version of windows already installed, since my new pc has nothing on it, just bought all the parts and put it together, no os is installed. So would the upgrade version work for instance its 40 on software4students and since im a student thats a big saving.
Did you read my post:
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If you have any retail copy of XP or VIsta (installed or not) that you won't use while it is qualifying for Upgrade version, then I'd buy Upgrade version. The best deal now is the Home Premium Family 3 pack of Upgrade licenses for about the price of one license. Google to get the latest pricing.
Any friend or family member who has an old copy of XP or Vista can also gift it to you to qualify. You only need to have it on hand, not installed. This is on the honor system.
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10 Dec 2011   #14
Fruito

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

I must have not refreshed, Ill ask around. How do you go about using the old copy to get the upgrade to work if its not installed?
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10 Dec 2011   #15
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You don't "use" the old copy. You just have to "have" it---as Greg said, it is on the honor system.

If you buy an upgrade version, you will likely have to do a registry fix to activate it. Takes about 1 minute.
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10 Dec 2011   #16
Fruito

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Are there are any tutorials as to what i do for the registry fix or can it easily be explained?
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10 Dec 2011   #17
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

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10 Dec 2011   #18
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Personally, I'd rather pay the extra for a full version over an upgrade version just to make the installs quick and easy without having to do any extra steps or worrying about having a qualifying OS. But thats just me. From what I've seen with retail versions get you both a 32 bit and a 64 bit DVD. With OEM you only get the one DVD and have to pick 32 bit or 64 bit. Your product code is still good for either one, but you just get the one DVD. I think most people go with OEM as its cheaper than retail versions. That was one of the reasons I bought an OEM version.
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10 Dec 2011   #19
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fruito View Post
Are there are any tutorials as to what i do for the registry fix or can it easily be explained?
As the new MOBO has a uEFI BIOS, you need to work those two tutorials together.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI BIOS:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

uEFT BIOS setup: you will find a video on Asrock website.
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10 Dec 2011   #20
Fruito

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Ok if i find a copy of xp or vista, i am going to go for the digital download from the student site since there cheaper, so the download versions the same but you just have to burn it to disk. Dont have to have retail version to do this?
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