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Windows 7: Upgrade Question?

10 Sep 2009   #1

Windows XP Home and 7 Beta
 
 
Upgrade Question?

Hello, I've been using windows XP/Windows 7 Beta Dual booting for a while now, and i realize, whether I decide to buy it as soon as it comes out or later, i will need to buy windows 7 to continue using it after May 2010 or whatever.

Doing my research ahead of time, im given with alot of choices :/ and i dont really understand what to get lol. I figure someone can help explain this to me lol.

First, I can upgrade or do the more expensive option. lol Im not sure what the difference is, i assume upgrade means i need windows already installed, but im not sure if my windows XP OEM from ASUS counts though. As well, i switched over to SSD not to long ago and i would prefer to get the "benefits" windows 7 apparently offers with SSDs (ive been vaguely told upgrading would reconize the SSD on windows 7 appairently).

Second, I realize i have home edition, thus, using this webpage as reference, Home Premium seems to be my best bet (I assume there is no regular Home edition, just fancy-named 'home premium,' but i wasnt sure what the difference was between the three versions . Looking at the site, Ultimate doesnt seem like it offers too much more than Pro, but Professional and Ultimate appairely have "XP Mode," which would be usefull if i knew what it was lol. I do currently run lot of programs that run slow on windows 7 or need Windows XP combatability mode, thus if its what i think it is, i would prefer it, but im not sure if i should spend 80 more dollars on Pro versus Home.

Any help or advice?

Thanks

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11 Sep 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Your questions bring up even more questions. If your processor doesn't support VT, XP Mode won't be an option for you. However, VirtualPC and VirtualBox both would work fine, and let you run XP in a VM. If you want to know what XP Mode is, just spend 5 mins reading about it.

Second, only you can decide if it is worth the cost for a different version. However, your XP edition will need to be installed and activated, in order to run the Windows 7 Upgrade. It does qualify to be upgraded, though. None of this is set in stone, however, as Vista's upgrades could be used to do a clean install. No one will really know for sure, until we get real close to the released date. What you could do for now, is download the Windows 7 Enterprise RTm 90 day trial.
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