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

10 Dec 2011   #1
Fruito

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 
Confused on what version of windows 7 to buy.

Ok so i just built a brand new pc and since my current pc has oem version of windows 7 installed i cant transfer it across, so i have to buy a new windows 7. My problem is what am i searching for, i dont mean stuck on choosing between home premium and ultimate but what type it is. I need whatevers the cheapest, so do i need oem or downlaodbale version etc. I am confused on what i search for, when buying windows 7 to install on a completely new pc with all new components no os isntalled.

Thanks, Tom


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10 Dec 2011   #2
gregrocker

 

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.

Other than Upgrade the only real price break is for builder's OEM which becomes locked to the mobo it's first installed upon.

As far as version, almost everyone except those with business needs can use Home premium. I would go by the features to decide: Compare Windows 7 Editions

Only buy from a large retailer with a well-known name. If in doubt, ask back here.
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10 Dec 2011   #3
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

A single OEM license would work and probably be cheapest, but it would be restricted to the current motherboard.

A single retail upgrade license would also work, and it would NOT be restricted to the current motherboard.

I'd get a disk rather than a download and I would be careful about where I bought the disk. The Internet is full of fraudulent suppliers.
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10 Dec 2011   #4
rraod

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

If your new pc's memory is more than 4 GB then it is better to go for 64 bit windows. Less than 4 GB memory, better to go with 32 bit windows.
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10 Dec 2011   #5
Fruito

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

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.

Edit: my begining description may have been confusing as to what i am asking, so ill clear it up for you guys. I am asking about version, as in will upgrade version, oem version(which ignatzatsonic told me thats its restricted to that motherboard) etc.
Not 32 or 64, or home premium or pro etc. Thanks anyway should made myslef clearer.
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10 Dec 2011   #6
GianniDPC

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rraod View Post
If your new pc's memory is more than 4 GB then it is better to go for 64 bit windows. Less than 4 GB memory, better to go with 32 bit windows.
No, 64bit is always faster
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10 Dec 2011   #7
Fruito

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GianniDPC View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rraod View Post
If your new pc's memory is more than 4 GB then it is better to go for 64 bit windows. Less than 4 GB memory, better to go with 32 bit windows.
No, 64bit is always faster
:P i intend on going for 64bit, since my new sytem is:

Intel i5 2500k
Asrock Extreme 4 Gen 3
HD 6970
Corsiar tx 650w
G skill Ripjaws X 8GB 1600Mhz
CoolerMaster Haf 922
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10 Dec 2011   #8
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

As Greg said, if you have a previous copy of Windows, XP for example, get an upgrade version of Windows 7. Depending on what features you want will depend on price you pay. Have a look at this - Compare Windows 7 Editions

And if you get the retail disk at the store most editions will come with two disks, and I would urge you to install the 64-bit version, even if you have less than 4 gig of RAM. Personally I'd go with at least Home Premium, but that's your call. And even though I have Ultimate, most people (me included) don't really need it, and won't necessarily use all its features. Check out that link and go from there.

Good luck
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10 Dec 2011   #9
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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.
Yes, but you will need a WinXP or Vista license.
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10 Dec 2011   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fruito View Post
does that require a version of windows already installed, since my new pc has nothing on it,
The upgrade version requires that you OWN a qualifying XP or Vista license. But it does NOT need to be installed.

You can use the upgrade disc on a brand new drive. You will probably have to do the registry workaround to activate it. It's perfectly legal and the way Microsoft designed things.
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