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Windows 7: Differences between basic and ultimate

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17 Oct 2009   #81

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I'm glad to see my thread still kicking around. I am still getting Ultimate but can't decide between OEM and retail. I have done 2 motherboard switches in the last 3 weeks. I feel I may need retail. I will most likely go OEM.

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17 Oct 2009   #82

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
I'm glad to see my thread still kicking around. I am still getting Ultimate but can't decide between OEM and retail. I have done 2 motherboard switches in the last 3 weeks. I feel I may need retail. I will most likely go OEM.
What is the difference between OEM Ultimate and Retail Ultimate? Anything extremely important?

Sean
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17 Oct 2009   #83

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

There are tons of threads on this if you do a search of the forum.

OEM - one computer only forever
Retail - you can "take" the software to your next computer

If you're a builder retail makes some sense. If not OEM makes some sense. There is a BIG price difference. OEM is about half the price. It makes it hard on us builders. haha
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17 Oct 2009   #84

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 OEM
 
 

Hm.. well crappis. I ordered the OEM version of Ultimate x64 a week ago or so. I thought that since I have yet to actually call MS for support, I wouldn't miss not having it with this version either. I didn't know there was any other real difference between the OEM and the retail versions. Could somebody break this down for me so I can see my screw-up clearly?
You say OEM is for "One computer forever"... But I plan on rebuilding this beast as the times change. For instance when SSD's come down to something a little more reasonable I thought of putting the OS on that.... MS isn't keeping track of hard drives now are they??
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17 Oct 2009   #85
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Tang.


It's the mobo it's tied to, usually a re-activation by phone will take care of that.
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18 Oct 2009   #86

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Well....I have been saying I would get Ultimate for months now but when it came down to ordering, I ordered Professional - OEM. I hope it works out. Pro has all the features I will ever need. I just hope the OEM part works out. I have switched motherboards 3 times in the last month. Maybe that will be it for a while.....

The pro version I ordered also says quote:

BitLocker requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2

My mobo HAS a TPM but the chart on the front page says Pro does NOT have bitlocker. Maybe it has it IF your mobo is equipped with a TPM.
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19 Oct 2009   #87
Odd

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Ordered Professional last night. I'm very excited
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19 Oct 2009   #88
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Odd, welcome to Seven Forums; congrats on the Pro!
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19 Oct 2009   #89

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome odd. After all this time saying I wanted Ultimate, I ordered Pro - OEM too. I can't wait.
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19 Oct 2009   #90

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

my dads gonna get windows 7 upgrade.
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