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Windows 7: Which disc to buy?

05 Sep 2015   #1
Datman

Window 7 home x64
 
 
Which disc to buy?

I am upgrading my Vista 32 OS to W764. I was going to upgrade to W8 butdecided to go with W7. I installed it and am running the machine unactivated. Iwant to be able to buy the disc and just use that key to activate, noreinstall.

Last week I bought a full version of W8 from Wal-Mart. I plan to return itand possibly get my W7 disc from them. I'm confused about all the differentpricing of the discs.

W7HP32 for $94, W7HP64 (1 PC oem license and media) for $114, W7HP61 sp1 (oemsystem build version) for $89, W7pro32 (sp1) for $161, or W7pro64(sp1) for $134

So now I a little confused about which version I should get. I’m wonderingif there is an advantage to getting W7pro64 so I would upgrade to W10pro when Imake the jump. However with that disc would I have to do a fresh install orwould the new W7pro key automatically work with my current W7HP64 install?

Is there a reason not to buy the W7HP64sp1 (oem system build version) for $89, like maybe it does not include the key?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/36009634?reviews_limit=7&veh=dsn&wmlspartner=criteo&sourceid=cricpa123456789abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwx yz?reviews_limit=7&


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05 Sep 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

W7 Home Premium SP 1 64 bit for 89 is a pretty good price and would include a key from any legit seller. Usually its 100 or so, and almost never below 80 from a legit source.

You have to decide if you need Pro rather than Home, whether in 7 or 10.

Microsoft used to have and may still have something called "Anytime Upgrade" which would allow you to move from Home to Pro, but I don't know what it costs.

I think MS has some new type of program that lets you upgrade from 10 Home to 10 Pro, but I don't know much that costs either.

So, you could go 7 Home to 10 Home to 10 Pro. Or 7 Home to 7 Pro to 10 Pro. One might be cheaper than another, but why do you need Pro at all?

In the ideal world, you'd like to get a "retail" version rather than OEM, but those are nearly impossible to find over the last 2 years. You may or may not have trouble moving a non-retail version to new hardware if you ever replace your motherboard.
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05 Sep 2015   #3
Datman

Window 7 home x64
 
 

I don't know or even think I need pro but just looking at all options. My experience with oem versions and new (future) installs you can activate over phone your asked questions one is "How many computers is this copy installed on"
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05 Sep 2015   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Datman View Post
My experience with oem versions and new (future) installs you can activate over phone your asked questions one is "How many computers is this copy installed on"[/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE]
Yeah, that's often the case. MS has seemed to be more lenient about that in the last few years. You may have to talk to an actual human.
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05 Sep 2015   #5
Datman

Window 7 home x64
 
 

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05 Sep 2015   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I've frankly never heard of the more expensive "English" version.

Here it is at Amazon, where they call it "brown box".

Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Microsoft Software GFC-02733 Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit Service Pack 1Pack English DVD License Pack Brown Box

Never heard the word "English" used on an OS. Don't know if means England or the language.

I can't imagine why you'd need it, unless it has better support or is in effect "retail".

I'd make sure the cheaper one is a disc, not a download.

You could call MS and ask them what that "English" one is.
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05 Sep 2015   #7
Datman

Window 7 home x64
 
 

No it's a disc with free shipping or store pickup. They call it a"system build" so my guess is that it is for people who might be building and selling PCs that include an OS. I don't know if this would be a problem for me. It might require me to install off of that disc as oppose to just activating my current install with its key.
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05 Sep 2015   #8
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

From what I have heard while Greg was around is System Builders should be able to use Software Recovery from MS. It is of course OEM otherwise and tied to the motherboard. The success of re-activation on a new computer depends on your country and the rep you talk to.

By the way, you can't upgrade 32bit to 64. This requires a clean install. Also, a key is valid for both 32 and 64 bit versions (you can install either). I could even install English 32 bit with a Turkish 64bit key, and activated without any issues.
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05 Sep 2015   #9
Datman

Window 7 home x64
 
 

I called MS and what a joke that was. I asked what is the difference betweenthese 2 versions. They were from India of coarse and only wanted to merge with my PC she kept calling a laptop. I asked “What is a OEM system buildversion” and she said “Can I have permission to view you laptop” I said that computer is not turned on right now and it went round and round.

So from reading the reviews it would seem that on the build version the key is tied to that machine only and you have problem or at least more complicated re-installs.
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05 Sep 2015   #10
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

We do have people who use System Builders, I am sure they will post their wisdom.
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