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Windows 7: Win 7 OEM or Upgrade Disk

17 Nov 2009   #1
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 
Win 7 OEM or Upgrade Disk

I am currently running XP 32-bit OEM. I had intended to buy the Win 7 OEM, but understand that the Upgrade Disk can be used to do a clean install also. Is there any advantage to buying one over the other? If the OEM is more straight forward in the install, that would be the deciding factor for me. I have not seen any discussion on here comparing the two. This leads me to believe that the Upgrade is the way to go. Help me out on this please.


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17 Nov 2009   #2
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The upgrade still requires an activated, qualifying OS to be installed on the computer already, before allowing you to do the clean install. The OEM, does not, but then you are subjected to the OEM licensing restrictions, which are getting foggier and foggier all the time.

http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/oem.asp
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17 Nov 2009   #3
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
The upgrade still requires an activated, qualifying OS to be installed on the computer already, before allowing you to do the clean install. The OEM, does not, but then you are subjected to the OEM licensing restrictions, which are getting foggier and foggier all the time.

http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/oem.asp
Thanks for the link on that article. It is a good one. I believe I will go withs the upgrade just to keep the MS Cops away from my door
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17 Nov 2009   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'd probably go the route of the OEM disc, just for the sake of doing simple clean installs, but to each his own. As far as the legality....if places like Newegg will still sell it, then I'm going to consider it legit.
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17 Nov 2009   #5
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I'd probably go the route of the OEM disc, just for the sake of doing simple clean installs, but to each his own. As far as the legality....if places like Newegg will still sell it, then I'm going to consider it legit.
Is the actual process a bit more straight forward with the OEM? From what I understand with the Upgrade there are a couple more hoops to jump through to get the clean install, is that correct?
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17 Nov 2009   #6
gregrocker

 

The OEM is locked to your hardware, while the Upgrade can migrate and isn't tracked except to make sure it isn't on more than one computer.
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18 Nov 2009   #7
Duker

win 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

I wanted a clean install so I done the checkdisk and formated the C: drive . Poped in the Win 7 64 bit upgrade wnet to to repair option picked the partion and am now running Win 7. Duker
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