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Windows 7: New Computer OEM vs Retail Win7 & What Version for 16GBs

11 Nov 2012   #1
MissSherlock

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
New Computer OEM vs Retail Win7 & What Version for 16GBs

Hi All,

I currently have a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 32/64k (Retail) from my old computer. The new computer comes with Windows 7 OEM version plus Office 2010 starter, Nero 9 Essentials, Microsoft Pack and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

A little nervous about OEM versions and their extra software! I would really appreciate comments about Retail vs OEM.

Is Windows 7 Home Premium sufficient for a new system with 16GBs of RAM?

Thanks, ms

P.S. I hope this is in the right thread.


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11 Nov 2012   #2
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MissSherlock View Post
Hi All,

I currently have a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 32/64k (Retail) from my old computer. The new computer comes with Windows 7 OEM version plus Office 2010 starter, Nero 9 Essentials, Microsoft Pack and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

A little nervous about OEM versions and their extra software! I would really appreciate comments about Retail vs OEM.

Is Windows 7 Home Premium sufficient for a new system with 16GBs of RAM?

Thanks, ms

P.S. I hope this is in the right thread.
The Retail and OEM is exactly the same OS. The OEM will have the "Bloatware", which means you have free trial copies of every software you can think about and would never use. The OEM is tied to your motherboard. If you get a new motherboard you would need to get a new Win 7. The Retail can be moved from one computer to another. That is the only difference. If you decide to get rid of the Bloatware, use this tutorial to help. Clean Up Factory Bloatware == If you decide to do a Clean Install with the Retail Version, this tutorial will help. Clean Install Windows 7
== Yes, Windows Home Premium is all most people need.
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11 Nov 2012   #3
MissSherlock

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi bigmck,

Thanks so much for the quick reply. My concern, as you have kindly mentioned, is the bloatware.

If the OEM software is tied directly to the motherboard, I highly doubt I could ask them not to place any software on the new computer.

Thanks, ms
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11 Nov 2012   #4
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MissSherlock View Post
Hi bigmck,

Thanks so much for the quick reply. My concern, as you have kindly mentioned, is the bloatware.

If the OEM software is tied directly to the motherboard, I highly doubt I could ask them not to place any software on the new computer.

Thanks, ms
I wouldn't worry about the OEM. Only the Bloatware could be a bother. Other than that it is just as good as a Retail.
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11 Nov 2012   #5
MissSherlock

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi bigmck,

Thanks bunches, ms
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11 Nov 2012   #6
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MissSherlock View Post
Hi All,

I currently have a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 32/64k (Retail) from my old computer. The new computer comes with Windows 7 OEM version plus Office 2010 starter, Nero 9 Essentials, Microsoft Pack and Adobe Acrobat Reader.

A little nervous about OEM versions and their extra software! I would really appreciate comments about Retail vs OEM.

Is Windows 7 Home Premium sufficient for a new system with 16GBs of RAM?

Thanks, ms

P.S. I hope this is in the right thread.
That doesn't sound bad for "bloatware". The Office 2010 "starter" is a time-limited version, I suppose, but you can get rid of it when it dies (or by the license and keep it).

Win7 X64 Home Premium supports up to 16 GB of RAM. If you install more RAM, you'd need to run Win7 X64 Professional or Ultimate.
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11 Nov 2012   #7
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Office Starter is being phased out in favor of the new Office 2013 web app: Microsoft begins phasing out Starter edition of its Office suite | ZDNet

Many users wanting a free office suite like Open Office by Sun Java.

Most tech enthusiasts won't run the preinstalled Win7 but instead choose to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Everything you need is in the tutorial.
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