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Windows 7: Which Windows 7 to install? OEM or Retail?

05 Oct 2011   #1
pushticat

Vista 64 bit
 
 
Which Windows 7 to install? OEM or Retail?

Hello.
I presently have Windows Vista 64-bit installed on my computer and wish to upgrade to Windows 7. I notice that there are two versions available, OEM or Retail. What is the difference between them. Further,I see that the Retail version comes with both 32-bit and 64-bit discs. Can these be used on seperate computers?
Thank you in anticipation

Alan


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05 Oct 2011   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pushticat View Post
Hello.
I presently have Windows Vista 64-bit installed on my computer and wish to upgrade to Windows 7. I notice that there are two versions available, OEM or Retail. What is the difference between them. Further,I see that the Retail version comes with both 32-bit and 64-bit discs. Can these be used on seperate computers?
Thank you in anticipation

Alan
The retail and OEM versions are identical in operation. The OEM version has NO Microsoft support however, the OEM (you) are responsible for problems.
You will have one key in the retail version and only one architecture, 32 or 64 bit can be installed at one time. this give the user a choice.
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05 Oct 2011   #3
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Also, the OEM version is tied to the computer you install it on. The retail version can be installed later on another computer, but only 1 at a time.
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06 Oct 2011   #4
vaidas3

Windows 7 pro 64bit. (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pushticat View Post
Hello.
I presently have Windows Vista 64-bit installed on my computer and wish to upgrade to Windows 7. I notice that there are two versions available, OEM or Retail. What is the difference between them. Further,I see that the Retail version comes with both 32-bit and 64-bit discs. Can these be used on seperate computers?
Thank you in anticipation

Alan
Now You have Vista so I recommend retail upgrade version.
OEM is usually sold with new pc and is tied to that pc and has no microsoft support (only OEM). you can't move oem license to another pc.
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06 Oct 2011   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Also, the OEM version is tied to the computer you install it on. The retail version can be installed later on another computer, but only 1 at a time.
Thanks, I forgot that bit of info....old age.
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