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Windows 7: Retail vs OEM Windows 7 differences

28 Apr 2010   #11

windows 7 ultimate x64

while installing win 7 upgrade edition and suppose it fails,what should i do?

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28 Apr 2010   #12

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

Just FYI, you can do a clean istall from an upgrade disk. You dont necessarily have to upgrade.

Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
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28 Apr 2010   #13

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

In addition to Brink's tutorial that Bill linked to, this will give you some more information on doing a clean installation while upgrading - Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 (custom installation) - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows. But, be aware that doing a clean installation will not preserve your programs, files, or settings so be sure to back up to an external hard drive before installing.

Also, run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor in order to foresee any issues during the installation process.

Hope this is helpful!
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28 Apr 2010   #14

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Well, you kinda do have that option now. Just buy the retail copy and install it yourself. I think the upgrade copies are like $105.
I am not sure what you mean by upgrade - home premium OEM to retail or upgrade to professional, etc.
I cannot "upgrade" from an OEM Home premium to a retail version without buying the full product costing $300.
Because I didn't have a retail installation disk I could not do a repair install. So I had to stuff around to do a factory reinstall - wasn't straightforward and the OEM was useless. Then reinstall $ks worth of software.

All I was saying is that an extra $100 for a retail OS up front would have been worth it.

Also I did have an image which also had the dormant problem (virus or OS bug).
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28 Apr 2010   #15

Windows 7 Home Premium

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28 Apr 2010   #16

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1

I've installed numerous separate copies of OEM Win XP pro for my family and I've never seen bloatware on them, what is "gregrocker" talking about? Has this happened with OEM versions of Win 7?
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28 Apr 2010   #17
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by metalmania31 View Post
I've installed numerous separate copies of OEM Win XP pro for my family and I've never seen bloatware on them, what is "gregrocker" talking about? Has this happened with OEM versions of Win 7?
I am referring to pre-installed Factory OEM, not retail System Bulder OEM used by individuals.

The "bloatware" is pre-installed by manufacturer for sponsors who provide much of the profit margin now that computer prices have gone lower. The exception is on business machines.

Norton is the worst offender, an monstrous takeover infection which requires it's own removal tool.

Pre-installed Office can corrupt system files upon removal, but is on most every machine in return for a free copy of (conveniently non-compatible) Works and deep discount to computer maker's for the OEM OS copy. By the time the User has a whole set of Office files, the 90 day trial expires and they are presented with a $250+ bill with no compatible alternative known to most (Use Java OpenOffice or convert to Works).

There are dozens of others, best uninstalled with Revo Uninstaller in Advanced mode, then run sfc /scannow to see if you have unfixable system files which have been corrupted just by uninstalling the bloat.

A clean reinstall using your own copy of the OS is the cure.
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28 Apr 2010   #18

Windows 7 Pro 64bit build 7601 SP1

Oh, ok, sorry I misread that. Yeah, my Dell laptop had quite a few pre-installed bloatware on it.
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