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Windows 7: Pre Order question

19 Aug 2009   #1
Angelus

Windows 7
 
 
Pre Order question

Hi

I'm new here So Hi

I'm currently dual booting Windows 7 & Vista it expires in March No Biggie Just boot into Vista & format the partition

My Question is this I like Windows 7 very much enough where I am Considering the Pre Order the 64 Bit ver since I have a quad & 8gb of Ram

But I can't find the 64bit version

When you order Win 7 You get both....

Does that mean 2 DVDs come in the box 32 & 64 bit & you get 2 keys

or Hows it work can anyone Confirm anything

I wanna make sure I order the right version


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19 Aug 2009   #2
myzr7

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

Angelus Welcome to Seven Forums, Sure of one thing only one key comes in the box and only one insulation may be legally activated at a time. Hope this helps you. Enjoy your stay at SF.
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19 Aug 2009   #3
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

MS has confirmed that W7 will ship with both versions on one DVD ...
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19 Aug 2009   #4
Angelus

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the welcome

I figured you couldn't use more then one key at a time

I thought maybe there might be some MS people that could confirm packaging If 32 bit & 64 bit are on one DVD & it asks during install which to install

or of there are two DVDs in the package
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19 Aug 2009   #5
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Angelus View Post
Thanks for the welcome

I figured you couldn't use more then one key at a time

I thought maybe there might be some MS people that could confirm packaging If 32 bit & 64 bit are on one DVD & it asks during install which to install

or of there are two DVDs in the package
read the post above yours for the answer... duh...
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19 Aug 2009   #6
DataMan47

Windows 7 Pro (MSDN)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
MS has confirmed that W7 will ship with both versions on one DVD ...
No. 1 key, 2 DVDs per retail package.
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19 Aug 2009   #7
Angelus

Windows 7
 
 

Read the post above mine you made that post as I was replying to the thread so I didn't see it

& you said MS has confirmed 2 versions one DVD but another post says one Key & 2 DVDs

so which is it?
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19 Aug 2009   #8
nate42nd

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I was told when I called MS there would be 1 DVD and you would have the option to install 32 or 64 bit at install. This is what she said. I asked HOW they could do this and she had no answer. I think one way or another you will have the choice.
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19 Aug 2009   #9
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Angelus View Post
Read the post above mine you made that post as I was replying to the thread so I didn't see it

& you said MS has confirmed 2 versions one DVD but another post says one Key & 2 DVDs

so which is it?
I stand by my reply, but you're free to call MS and confirm this for yourself...
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19 Aug 2009   #10
DataMan47

Windows 7 Pro (MSDN)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
I stand by my reply, but you're free to call MS and confirm this for yourself...
And you think that the customer service rep who answered the phone (and who almost certainly is not involved in development, distribution, packaging, etc.) will get it right? In all likelihood, they were given a fact sheet stating that each product contains both versions (which is their official line). I would be surprised if they knew if it was two separate DVDs or if it was just one DVD; they probably assumed the latter without even understanding what sort of major technical implications that would have.

Anyway, the correct answer here is two separate DVDs. First, because there have been Microsoft employees (who are not CSRs, but people with an actual technical involvement) who have posted in forums that it's separate. I don't have links to them off the top of my head, but that's what I recall reading.

Second, and perhaps most importantly, if you think about what needs to be done to make a dual-32/64 DVD possible, you will quickly, realize that there will be no such thing for W7 RTM. Maybe for a future SP, but definitely not for RTM.

Windows setup was simply not designed for a unified 32/64 combined disc. A non-trivial re-engineering of setup is required for this to be possible. Let's say that between now and RTM, they do design a new setup that supports a dual 32/64 disc. Now what? They can't just deploy it. It needs extensive testing. Who's going to test this now that the Beta/RC is over? What about all the customer support people (not just at MSFT, but at various partners, IT depts, etc.) who have familiarized themselves with the 2-disc setup--MSFT is definitely not going to say, "oh, we were just kidding about the 2-disc stuff that we had posted during the Beta, RC, and TechNet RTM, here's the new 1-disc setup that we are actually going to ship and that we hadn't even mentioned to any of you until just now".

If you think about it, it will become clear just how very unlikely--to the point of impossibility--a combined disc will be. And it's not like having two separate discs is going to cost MSFT that much money, since dual-layer discs are more expensive to produce than single-layer discs, so there isn't a lot to be saved by converting two single-layer discs into one dual-layer (esp. when compared to the selling price of these retail packages).

As people have said again, and again, and again, what you get when you buy a retail package on October 22 is exactly what you see right now on MSDN and TechNet. And that's separate discs for each architecture and for each product level. Period. End of story. Anything else is bunk.
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