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Windows 7: What is the Difference?

20 Oct 2009   #1
Deception

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
What is the Difference?

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Full - Retail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade - Retail

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM


I really am so confused with Newegg and how everything is being sold for Windows 7. Can some one enlighten me please.

Sean


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20 Oct 2009   #2
Jonmor68

Vista Home Premium & Windows 7
 
 

Full retail you get support from Microsoft and allows you to move it to another computer if you want to buy/build another or do major upgrades like a new cpu and motherboard. It does not require you to have a previous version of an OS.
The upgrade is similar, but requires that you have a previous qualifying OS.
OEM you get no support and is tied to the computer on which it is installed, and can't be moved to a new one.
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20 Oct 2009   #3
Deception

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

EDIT: So what would be my best option if I have a 64bit Vista Ultimate OEM?
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20 Oct 2009   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No, you can have differing versions. Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate. And each of these, can have retail, upgrade and OEM. You linked specifically to Ultimate on yours.
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20 Oct 2009   #5
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It's starting to make me sick that I didn't get full retail. I have to stop thinking about it. I hope I never need it. I think I will order another full retail. I have two systems.....damn all these versions on top of versions. Makes may head spin.....
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20 Oct 2009   #6
Deception

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deception View Post
EDIT: So what would be my best option if I have a 64bit Vista Ultimate OEM?
This is truthfully what I want out of this thread.
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20 Oct 2009   #7
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deception View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deception View Post
EDIT: So what would be my best option if I have a 64bit Vista Ultimate OEM?
This is truthfully what I want out of this thread.
You want Seven Ultimate 64bit if you plan to do an upgrade.

~Lordbob
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20 Oct 2009   #8
Deception

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deception View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Deception View Post
EDIT: So what would be my best option if I have a 64bit Vista Ultimate OEM?
This is truthfully what I want out of this thread.
You want Seven Ultimate 64bit if you plan to do an upgrade.

~Lordbob
But isn't that all 3 of the options I posted? What would be better to get?

Sean
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20 Oct 2009   #9
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Oh alright I see what you are asking.

If you plan to do an upgrade from Vista, then you want the Upgrade version. If not, then the other two. From there, if you plan on never needing to install it on another computer, then get the OEM. If you will want to install it another computer, then get the retail version.

~Lordbob
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20 Oct 2009   #10
Deception

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Oh alright I see what you are asking.

If you plan to do an upgrade from Vista, then you want the Upgrade version. If not, then the other two. From there, if you plan on never needing to install it on another computer, then get the OEM. If you will want to install it another computer, then get the retail version.

~Lordbob
By "upgrade from Vista" you mean what exactly?

Some information: I plan on having both Operating Systems working at first to see if I thoroughly enjoy Windows 7, and then maybe after awhile I will kill Windows Vista. I just need to make sure all my programs are compatible and stuff.

EDIT:Will the upgrade version be able to do this?

Sean
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