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Windows 7: Question regarding upgrading from Vista to Seven

07 Jul 2011   #21
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Fascinating discussion that didn't serve much purpose other than to likely scare the OP away.

Oh and for those that keeping going on about needing to have documentation/registrated/etc, remember what Greg said about the upgrade install being on the honor system? this is why,

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

Why pay $199 for a retail version if a $99 OEM version does the same thing.
Exactly. Other than price the only differences between retail and OEM is the licensing. With OEM it is locked to the computer it is first installed on, and you don't get free limited time support from Microsoft. Not really a big deal when there are forums like this that you can get as good or better help from.

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07 Jul 2011   #22

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cindi View Post

I bought a used computer from swap shop so my son and I can use it. It's a used dell computer. Bought it for $100 without even knowing that it works. Guy gave his word that it works. We only want to use it for browsing the internet for facebook, youtube or reading e-mails. My son is young and I don't need to use any other uses of a computer such as outlook e-mail, documents...
Anyways, After I put it and it states that Vista Windows is locked because it wasn't activated. After a quick search on the internet, says that vista should be activated within 30 days, if not, needs to be purchased. Computer does not have Vista keys attached nor came with any cd, booklets, box...
I went back to swap shop to see the guy but his space is empty, he's not there.
I'm planning on purchasing Windows Seven and install it on this computer.

My question is after putting the Windows Seven disc in, will I be able to install Seven and will it go over Vista so it won't give me problems?
Microsoft shows it at $199, is it the same price everywhere, can I get it cheaper anywhere else?

Thank you for your help.
You can get the Home Premium upgrade for $139. Yes, you can install it, but DO NOT under any circumstances install it OVER Vista. You need to do a clean install or you will have nothing but problems down the road.
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08 Jul 2011   #23


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by t-4-2 View Post
The focal point should be on the OP who needs to know what to do. If you believe it is ok to install a Win7 over an un-activated Vista which may or may not be genuine and without a product key, go ahead and tell the OP.
I read everything mentioned here, I'm confused as I don't know much about computers. So, if I buy the OEM Windows 7, would it install (and erase) over Windows Vista? If that's the case, where can I get the OEM Windows 7 disc?
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08 Jul 2011   #24

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Amazon would be one place you could try, but be wary of E-bay. window 7 oem

Just remenber that you won't get any support from Microsoft with the OEM version of Windows, but you can get help from us here.

Also, this version will be tied to the computer you install it on.
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08 Jul 2011   #25


Thank you seavixen32. Your link is a UK link. Is this what I need? Same as your recommendation? Windows Seven OEM: - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32-bit - Operating Systems
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08 Jul 2011   #26

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit


We still need an answer to a very important question.

Does the computer have a COA (certificate of authority) sticker on it?

YES or NO.

That coa will have a number on it.

You review very carefully the advice from GregRocker as how to install Win 7 on the computer and follow his advice to the letter.
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08 Jul 2011   #27

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

I just checked the Dell website for Cindi's computer.

OptiPlex 755 Desktop Details | Dell

Very dis-appointing with the info they provide Memory ? CPU ? OS ?
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08 Jul 2011   #28

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Cindi, you need this one for the United States: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more

The New Egg link is spot on for what you want.
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08 Jul 2011   #29
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cindi View Post
Thank you seavixen32. Your link is a UK link. Is this what I need? Same as your recommendation? Windows Seven OEM: - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 32-bit - Operating Systems
Again, try this thing out with Linux before you spend any money. Who know whether it will even say a peep.
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08 Jul 2011   #30


Thank you everybody.
No, it doesn't have certificate of authenticity or any other sticker on the computer except OptiPlex 755 sticker. I will follow the direction, erase everything, then install. If I'm unable to follow instructions and cannot erase prior to instalment, would it be ok to continue with the installation?
Thank you seavixen32, I will purchase it next Friday.
I appreciate everybody's knowledge/experience/advice.
(I will try linux, ubuntu...first but again I don't know much, we'll see)
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