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Windows 7: Upgrade or Full Version

14 Oct 2009   #1
LenBum

Windows Vista/Windows 7 RC1
 
 
Upgrade or Full Version

The cost of the full version of Ultimate makes me want to throw up but I may not have a choice. I'm running Win 7 Ultimate RC. I do have Windows Vista Home Premium but haven't installed it since the first Win 7 beta came out. I do a lot of experimenting and frequently have to reinstall the OS. It's fun..............I like to do it. My question is if I bought the upgrade would I have to install Vista first everytime and then use the upgrade? Since I do frequent fresh installs I'm betting that the full version is the way for me to go. Thanks


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14 Oct 2009   #2
Nosmo

Win 7 32 bit , Win xp Sp3
 
 

No one will know for sure until we can test the upgrade media on the 22nd.

But it looks like re installations are going to be more of a hassle than in the days of XP and vista.
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16 Oct 2009   #3
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LenBum View Post
The cost of the full version of Ultimate makes me want to throw up but I may not have a choice. I'm running Win 7 Ultimate RC. I do have Windows Vista Home Premium but haven't installed it since the first Win 7 beta came out. I do a lot of experimenting and frequently have to reinstall the OS. It's fun..............I like to do it. My question is if I bought the upgrade would I have to install Vista first everytime and then use the upgrade? Since I do frequent fresh installs I'm betting that the full version is the way for me to go. Thanks
If your planning on doing re-installations I would get the full version.

As nobody knows for sure yet, until Oct 22, all the evidence leads to the requirement of installing Vista and activating it before you can install Win7 with the Upgrade disk.

You could do it one time and get an image backup and restore it when required.

The full version will be a lot easier if your are going to do frequent re-installs.
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16 Oct 2009   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Look at a full OEM version. That's at least somewhat cheaper.
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