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Windows 7: 'Upgrade or Full' What is the difference..

27 Jun 2009   #31
Snufffed

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
A lot of you seem to be really in doubt about this.

It is legal, and it was INTENTIONALLY put there by M$. I don't know why, so don't ask. Someone here might, but I don't. However, it has been verified by many sources, and was PUT THERE by M$, so it is legal. I believe the intention of it is that you own the previous version, but can still do a clean install with it to help prevent problems. I actually didn't even think of that until someone somewhere mentioned it. I figured I could just buy an Upgrade disk and get the full version for less...... :/
But I have TechNet, so no need.

Also, this (probably, I have no means to verify) WILL NOT be going away.

~Lordbob
Again I say, You have been able to use UPGRADE and do a clean install even back in WHISTLER DAYS. (oh sorry XP).
I am sure it will stay and yes it is 1000% LEGIT.
It is only some folks want to beleive UPGRADE is less than FULL RETAIL or FULL OEM. Also DELL OEM is different than HP OEM or ACER OEM and OEM from TigerDirect or EGGHEAD are still different. Branded OEM has junk trial test only and lots of (manufacture CRAP installed.)
My Uncle Forrest Smith use to say: No better not say that here.


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27 Jun 2009   #32
grouchpunk08

Windows 7 Ultimate retail // Windows 7 build 7264 x64, Vista Home Premium SP2 x64
 
 

If the upgrading the installation without a cd key doesn't work, Im not saying it wont, im just saying just in case, wouldn't it be just as good to reinstall vista with my OEM disk and then do the upgrade with the win7 disk? I mean since I would have just clean installed vista, wouldn't it basically be a clean install of 7 when I were to upgrade?

EDIT- I just called microsoft, and they said that clean installing from the upgrade disk is actually the recommended way of performing upgrades, and they said once youve got 7 installed, if you ever wanted to do a reistall of 7 from the upgrade disk, all you would have to do is insert the vista DVD to verify you own win vista during the setup process of win7, so you don't necessarily even need vista installed, so long as you have the DVD for vista. And I've got my OEM home premium
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27 Jun 2009   #33
harpua

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

Considerable confusion caused by sloppy use of the term "upgrade." Upgrade in the context of installing an OS, is a term of art which means an upgrade installation, as opposed to a clean install. An "upgrade" installation from Vista to W7 is not "just as good" as a clean install because of the differences between Vista and Win 7.

But if you have a preexisting Vista installation, you can do a clean install of W7 over that Vista install using the W7 "upgrade" media.
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27 Jun 2009   #34
grouchpunk08

Windows 7 Ultimate retail // Windows 7 build 7264 x64, Vista Home Premium SP2 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by harpua View Post
Not "just as good" because of the differences between Vista and Win 7. An upgrade install to W7 from a Vista installation is not going to be as good as a clean install or upgrade to W7 from an unactivated W7 install, imo, but it will "work."
Yeah, Check out my Edited comment. I called and thats what they told me, so it looks like im set, I wouldn't even need my vista installed, in case of reintalls of 7 in the future.
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28 Jun 2009   #35
TBolt

Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by grouchpunk08 View Post

EDIT- I just called microsoft, and they said that clean installing from the upgrade disk is actually the recommended way of performing upgrades, and they said once youve got 7 installed, if you ever wanted to do a reistall of 7 from the upgrade disk, all you would have to do is insert the vista DVD to verify you own win vista during the setup process of win7, so you don't necessarily even need vista installed, so long as you have the DVD for vista. And I've got my OEM home premium
Thank you very much for this, grouch. This eases my concern about the buying the 'upgrade' DVD.
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06 Jul 2009   #36
I2aMpAnT

Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by apollo911 View Post
between the versions? And where are the OEM prices?

Upgrade Disks and Full Versions are EXACTLY the same. However, the Upgrade disks come with a key that only allows you to upgrade. The Full Versions come with a key for a clean installation.

Windows Vista DVD's worked the same way.
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06 Jul 2009   #37
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I wish I could do this. I have a new build and need 7 for it. I have a copy of Vista Ultimate downloaded from the botched Technet fiasco. I would not dare use that (although I have been running one key or two I got since then with no problems) and also an OEM upgrade Vista disc good only on that machine I assume. I could probably use the key I got from Technet but don't want to risk everything on a copy MS didn't want me to have. Complicated stuff. I will probably take the $100 hit and just get the 7 Ultimate full and be done with it. If anyone sees a different option please let me know.
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06 Jul 2009   #38
I2aMpAnT

Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
I wish I could do this. I have a new build and need 7 for it. I have a copy of Vista Ultimate downloaded from the botched Technet fiasco. I would not dare use that (although I have been running one key or two I got since then with no problems) and also an OEM upgrade Vista disc good only on that machine I assume. I could probably use the key I got from Technet but don't want to risk everything on a copy MS didn't want me to have. Complicated stuff. I will probably take the $100 hit and just get the 7 Ultimate full and be done with it. If anyone sees a different option please let me know.

Well there's 3 ways of doing either OS.
1. Legit - buy the OS you want and use it
2. Buy or borrow the cheapest Vista or 7 disk you can find and just install Ultimate and reinstall Windows every 30 days
3. Illegaly - Not going to go into detail about this on the forums.
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06 Jul 2009   #39
Burgurne

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by I2aMpAnT View Post
Upgrade Disks and Full Versions are EXACTLY the same. However, the Upgrade disks come with a key that only allows you to upgrade. The Full Versions come with a key for a clean installation.

Windows Vista DVD's worked the same way.
Not quite true. I have both an upgrade XP (Study licence) and a Retail version of XP Pro. A file to file compare showed a single file "can't_remember".ini has a different value, and as other wrote, under a clean install with the upgrade disk, XP stops and ask for a full version of another Windows license, put this older CD in your drive, and 15 seconds after the installation continues from the new upgrade disk. This upgrade disk does that nomatter if you are using the "upgrade key" or the "retail key". The "retail cd" can install with the upgrade key without a problem, but it can't be activated.

The confusion is (I think) because people think of it as an upgrade of their system, where in fact it is an upgrade of your LICENSE to run the system.
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06 Jul 2009   #40
I2aMpAnT

Microsoft Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Burgurne View Post
Not quite true. I have both an upgrade XP (Study licence) and a Retail version of XP Pro. A file to file compare showed a single file "can't_remember".ini has a different value, and as other wrote, under a clean install with the upgrade disk, XP stops and ask for a full version of another Windows license, put this older CD in your drive, and 15 seconds after the installation continues from the new upgrade disk. This upgrade disk does that nomatter if you are using the "upgrade key" or the "retail key". The "retail cd" can install with the upgrade key without a problem, but it can't be activated.

The confusion is (I think) because people think of it as an upgrade of their system, where in fact it is an upgrade of your LICENSE to run the system.
Actually I was quite right indeed as I never mentioned XP, I did day Vista and 7. The reason for this is the Anytime Upgrade option so that every edition is on every DVD but you still need to purchase a license.
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