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Windows 7: download or buy new

21 Oct 2009   #1

Vista Home Premium
download or buy new

hope someone can help make up my mind.....

I currently have a windows vista premium, touchsmart PC, and i am wondering if it is worth upgrading my existing pc or purchasing a new pc?

If i was to upgrade, should i - go out or buy online an actual hard copy or download? If downloading, where should i go for this?

Thanks in advance


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21 Oct 2009   #2

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

If your PC can run Vista Home Premium, it can run Windows 7.

I would have suggested downloading and trying the Release Candidate, but that is no longer readily available. (It's still legal to install, but it's not available for public download.) There's a 90 day evaluation version of Windows 7 Enterprise that is available for download by IT professionals. (How does MS know that you're an IT professional? You tell them. Honor system.)

I can't begin to guess whether you'd find it to be a worthwhile upgrade. I presume that Vista runs OK for you. Win7 isn't radically different, and there are (in my opinion) no must-have features in Win7. I'm running pre-release versions of Win7 on my desktop and laptop. My laptop is a Compaq CQ50 105NR with 2GB of RAM. It's inferior to your HP model. Win7 runs well on it, perhaps slightly better than Vista Home Premium. (It's not a good machine for 3D games. That hasn't changed.) Clean installing Win7 allowed me to get rid of the last of the crapware HP had on it.

I like Win7, but it's not what I'd call transformative. I'll keep it because a) I'm a PC enthusiast and b) I got in on the pre-order price for the upgrade version ($50 Home Premium).

If you decide you want it, and have to pay the full price, I suggest getting it from a retailer (Staples, Best Buy, etc.) if you're in the US. Instant gratification. Otherwise, you can get it directly from Microsoft:

Windows 7 - Buy and download from Microsoft Store

(disk, download, or both for an extra charge).

If you're a student (basically, have an email address with a .edu domain name), visit Microsoft has a $30 deal for students.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

Hard question to answer as I got an email form an etailer that has a MSI notebook dual core lots of DDR2 ram and large hd. for 399.99 with Win 7 with home premium.
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