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Windows 7: What is the Difference?

20 Oct 2009   #11
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Upgrade means that you will install OVER you vista install, but it keeps your programs and files.

If you are planning to dual boot you cannot use the upgrade version.

~Lordbob


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20 Oct 2009   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
It's starting to make me sick that I didn't get full retail. I have to stop thinking about it. I hope I never need it. I think I will order another full retail. I have two systems.....damn all these versions on top of versions. Makes may head spin.....
What version did you buy? An OEM?

I did the same thing. I don't plan to get a new computer for awhile. So, with the $100+ that I saved, I can hold onto it and use it for other things. If down the road, I want a new copy of Windows on another machine, I'll have a decision to make then as to what version to get.

Relax...everything will be alright.
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20 Oct 2009   #13
Deception

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Upgrade means that you will install OVER you vista install, but it keeps your programs and files.

If you are planning to dual boot you cannot use the upgrade version.

~Lordbob
And with this upgrade version is it just a one time thing? Or can I use it on mine and my brothers computers?
I really do appreciate your help!

Sean
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20 Oct 2009   #14
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You can only use it one time "per cd key". You would have to have another key for your brothers computer if you wanted to install it there.
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20 Oct 2009   #15
Deception

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
You can only use it one time "per cd key". You would have to have another key for your brothers computer if you wanted to install it there.
Thanks for all your help!

I think I will just buy the Full then, just in case.

Sean
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20 Oct 2009   #16
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The full version can only be installed 1 time per cd key as well. If you want to install on your computer and your brothers computer, plan to buy 2 copies then.
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20 Oct 2009   #17
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
You can only use it one time "per cd key". You would have to have another key for your brothers computer if you wanted to install it there.
Yes, but no.

You can use the disk to install on as many computers as you wish. But the KEY will only work ONCE.
That goes for ALL versions.

~Lordbob
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20 Oct 2009   #18
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

So then, you have to call Microsoft and purchase another key for the second OS, using the same install disc in order to activate and validate
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20 Oct 2009   #19
gregrocker

 

There is some confusion between the Upgrade disk and the options which are on the Upgrade disk, which are also called "Upgrade" and "Custom" for clean install.

You can buy the Upgrade disk and use it to "Upgrade" Vista which will transfer all of your files and reinstall your programs, starting up pretty much like your Vista left off. Or you can choose the "Custom" install option and clean install over the Vista (files go into windows.old for later access), install to a formatted partition, or to a primary formatted second hard drive.

As far as portability, Upgrade disks supposedly inherit the lock (OEM) or portability (retail) of the underlying qualifying operating system, however MS has no mechanism to check whether it is migrated to other hardware, only that it is not used on more than one machine at a time.
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21 Oct 2009   #20
Bibbster

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
There is some confusion between the Upgrade disk and the options which are on the Upgrade disk, which are also called "Upgrade" and "Custom" for clean install.

You can buy the Upgrade disk and use it to "Upgrade" Vista which will transfer all of your files and reinstall your programs, starting up pretty much like your Vista left off. Or you can choose the "Custom" install option and clean install over the Vista (files go into windows.old for later access), install to a formatted partition, or to a primary formatted second hard drive.

As far as portability, Upgrade disks supposedly inherit the lock (OEM) or portability (retail) of the underlying qualifying operating system, however MS has no mechanism to check whether it is migrated to other hardware, only that it is not used on more than one machine at a time.

so if i buy the new win7 Ultimate to upgrade from my win vista home premium i could click on custom install everything would go into a windows.old folder and i could bassicly delete all that ?
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