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Windows 7: Forums Scaring me Away?

03 Jul 2013   #11
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by charkzilla20 View Post
Thanks guys so much
I get that now. The Hospital metaphor is great btw.
To answer a couple of your questions, I already have a fresh copy of Windows 7 Professional.
I don't plan on tinkering around with it much besides some visual things like themes and skins, icons and such.

I feel a lot more confident about going ahead with this purchase and build
Thanks everyone!
Glad we were able to help ease your tensions.

Good luck

Peace


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03 Jul 2013   #12
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by charkzilla20 View Post
I already have a fresh copy of Windows 7 Professional.
Bingo,
Your already ahead of the game and shouldn't have typical manufacture issues
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03 Jul 2013   #13
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by charkzilla20 View Post
seeing all these issues on here is kind of scaring me away from building and using a windows 7 PC. I don't know what to do or think. :/
Am I basically guaranteed to experience problems by using a windows 7 PC? My aunt has been using a cheap dell laptop, and it runs pretty badly. :/
Help!
While this being a tech-support forum does skew a bit the userbase on people having issues, and the fact that 99% of the world's computers run Windows does skew again perception, it's true that windows 7 requires more thought and understanding than a Mac.
It is able to do so much more things and operate so much more different devices and components.
My opinion is that windows 7 is a ROCK. It's stable as the best linux distros I've used. Of course a Mac is more stable, but only because its hardware choice is very limited to a few Apple-approved things. And again because software you can run on it is limited to a few titles.
Anyway, you found a good place to get tips and learn how to make and use a stable PC.
Following advice from here will make your windows experience pretty smooth.

While we are at it, you may want to check out Linux offerings as well. You can install Virtualbox on your Mac and try out some of the best distributions recommended by our people (there is a thread about it in a private section of the forum, start a new one in Chillout section to get their recommendations) in the linux thread. This tutorial teaches you how to use Virtualbox to install Ubuntu (but works fine for most of Ubuntu-derived linux systems as well), the interface is the same on mac as Virtualbox works the same on Mac.
As long as you don't need heavy gaming (being a mac owner I think you don't), Linux is better (mainly for future-proofing) and way cooler for a normal user.

Also, you may want to try windows 7 on your mac, if it is new enough it will support it, by using Apple-approved tool called bootcamp, here. Don't activate it during install, and take advantage of the 30 day trial period.
Technically if you can install windows, linux can be installed on it easily as well.
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03 Jul 2013   #14
gregrocker

 

You can do your relative a big favor by ditching the Dell preinstalled Win7 with all the bloatware and useless duplicate utilities which have better versions built into Win7. The practice you'll get doing a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 for her will help assure you also get a perfect Install on your new build.

At the minimum I'd Clean Up Factory Bloatware.
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03 Jul 2013   #15
charkzilla20

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by charkzilla20 View Post
seeing all these issues on here is kind of scaring me away from building and using a windows 7 PC. I don't know what to do or think. :/
Am I basically guaranteed to experience problems by using a windows 7 PC? My aunt has been using a cheap dell laptop, and it runs pretty badly. :/
Help!
While this being a tech-support forum does skew a bit the userbase on people having issues, and the fact that 99% of the world's computers run Windows does skew again perception, it's true that windows 7 requires more thought and understanding than a Mac.
It is able to do so much more things and operate so much more different devices and components.
My opinion is that windows 7 is a ROCK. It's stable as the best linux distros I've used. Of course a Mac is more stable, but only because its hardware choice is very limited to a few Apple-approved things. And again because software you can run on it is limited to a few titles.
Anyway, you found a good place to get tips and learn how to make and use a stable PC.
Following advice from here will make your windows experience pretty smooth.

While we are at it, you may want to check out Linux offerings as well. You can install Virtualbox on your Mac and try out some of the best distributions recommended by our people (there is a thread about it in a private section of the forum, start a new one in Chillout section to get their recommendations) in the linux thread. This tutorial teaches you how to use Virtualbox to install Ubuntu (but works fine for most of Ubuntu-derived linux systems as well), the interface is the same on mac as Virtualbox works the same on Mac.
As long as you don't need heavy gaming (being a mac owner I think you don't), Linux is better (mainly for future-proofing) and way cooler for a normal user.

Also, you may want to try windows 7 on your mac, if it is new enough it will support it, by using Apple-approved tool called bootcamp, here. Don't activate it during install, and take advantage of the 30 day trial period.
Technically if you can install windows, linux can be installed on it easily as well.
one of the primary reasons for making this build is so I can have a gaming machine as well, so I'm going to stick with Windows for now. I might in the future try a Linux system.

I haven't thought of trying windows 7 through bootcamp on my Mac. Are you sure I won't have to activate it?
I don't want to run out of activations when I do get my PC.
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03 Jul 2013   #16
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by charkzilla20 View Post
I haven't thought of trying windows 7 through bootcamp on my Mac. Are you sure I won't have to activate it?
I don't want to run out of activations when I do get my PC.
Though I've never did used a Mac, or ran bootcamp, I'm pretty sure you still have to activate Windows once you install it. I really can't see why this wouldn't be the case.

That said, you can always remove it and install it on the other machine. I've been down that road many times. It may require a phone call to MS to get it re-activated. If so, the activation process will tell you what to do, and provide the phone number if necessary.

If you're really worried about it, just wait to build the gaming rig. I'd probably do that if I'm seriously going to be building the gaming rig, and know that the Mac isn't going to be adequate for gaming anyway. In short, why install the OS if the hardware isn't suitable for the task?

Good luck.
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03 Jul 2013   #17
bobafetthotmail

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Nope. During installation you can choose to skip the part about writing the activation code and proceed with install. DO NOT write any activation code and act as evasively as possible.

Then you have 30 days of trial where everything will work, but in System panel (where it says the activation code) will have the countdown with the time you have left before it locks down and deactivates updates and other stuff (and murders your patience with incessant popups). You can also "rearm" this countdown up to two times legally. Here explains how.

here an answer from MS help forums (whit also a link to similar answers on technet).

I always let it run around 20 days before activating. It's less of a hassle in case of sudden equipment failure or weird incompatibilities (I usually install it on used and oldish rigs as well, driver and hardware support may or may not be ok and I have no way of knowing it during installation).
So yeah, it's a great feature man.
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03 Jul 2013   #18
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Is this an OEM or RETAIL version (license) of Win 7?

An OEM license can only be used on the original PC it is installed/activated on. It can't be transferred to a different PC.

A RETAIL license can be transferred to a different PC.
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04 Jul 2013   #19
charkzilla20

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I don't think it's an OEM. It was purchased at a MicroCenter 4 years ago, and it's only been installed once. It has all the packaging and shiny labels and windows guides and stuff in the box.
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04 Jul 2013   #20
gregrocker

 

Look on the COA sticker which came in the packaging, the one which contains the Product Key you'll need to enter to reactivate the reinstall. What version does it say exactly?
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