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Windows 7: Dell OEM upgrade


16 Jun 2010   #1

vista home premium
 
 
Dell OEM upgrade

Hi guys,
trying to install windows 7 and I get a message telling me that I need to contact dell to get an OEM upgrade...what does this mean?! Also I was under the impression that I could upgrade to windows 7 and not completely gut my laptop and loose all my programmes etc.. but read on a few forums that I'll have to reinstall Microsoft word among other things...is this true? Below is the technical part of the error message I got. Thanks

OEM Name: Dell Inc.; OEM Model: XPS M1330 ; BIOS Version: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A11; BIOS Date: 20080619000000.000000+000


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16 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi confused PC, It sounds like you might have to do a Clean Install i'm afraid, if you do a Clean Install it will not wipe out your files, it will just put them into a folder called Windows.old although you will have to reinstall your programs,

From the sounds of it, Dell have locked your copy of Vista against upgrading
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16 Jun 2010   #3

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Are you using a Dell Upgrade DVD?
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16 Jun 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

OEM manufacturers do not supply "upgrades" ... Windows will not allow you to upgrade an OEM version with a retail version... However you can purchase an Anytime Upgrade key that will allow you to do this...
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16 Jun 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Latest BIOS A15.

Drivers and Downloads
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16 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Are you trying to upgrade from a 32 bit to 64 bit OS? If that is the case you can't "upgrade" you must do a clean install.
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16 Jun 2010   #7

vista home premium
 
 

ok, so its an upgrade version of win 7 home premium, and it came with both the 32 and 64 bit dvds, but my system currently runs on 32 bit so I was going to use that.
@severedsolo, surely they cant stop you from upgrading your OS?!
I didnt get an option to do a clean installation, maybe I'll try again. most of my programmes are downloaded apart from microsoft office so thats not really an issue, and I'll run a back up anyway for my documents even though @severedsolo said they get put in a folder.
cheers for the help so far
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16 Jun 2010   #8

Vista 64 Ultimate, Windows 7 64 Ultimate, Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

What exactly did you buy, i.e. 32 bit or 64 bit version? With Vista you can upgrade but you would need to purchase a DELL (OEM) upgrade disk since the upgrade path is Vista to Windows 7.

OEM-Original Equipment Manufacturer in this case DELL.
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16 Jun 2010   #9

vista home premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fishnbanjo View Post
What exactly did you buy, i.e. 32 bit or 64 bit version? With Vista you can upgrade but you would need to purchase a DELL (OEM) upgrade disk since the upgrade path is Vista to Windows 7.

OEM-Original Equipment Manufacturer in this case DELL.
I bought from PC World the upgrade DVDs, and it comes with both bit versions, and its vista upgrade versions of windows 7 and i am currently on vista so i dont get why it doesnt work... why would i need dell to upgrade me? sorry if i sound extremely dense.
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16 Jun 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Check your upgrade path.
Windows 7 Upgrade Paths - FAQ

& Upgrade your BIOS before installing.
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