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Windows 7: Product ID

03 Mar 2011   #1

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Product ID

I purchased a download version of W7U64 awhile back, so my Product ID is fairly old.. I just won a W7U64 Gold Ballmer signature edition and plan to install it on my kids machine.. Since it is much newer than the version I have, is there any reason to install it on my machine to get the most recent version? I have updates on, but notice my product ID never changes...

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03 Mar 2011   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

I think the Gold edition is just the status symbol of the packaging
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03 Mar 2011   #3

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

Apart from that gold just being packaging, theres no difference whatsoever between your downloaded Ultimate and the "Gold" Ultimate. Hologrammed windows disks are not redesigned every month to incorporate updates- the new disk that'll come now will be the one with SP1 integrated. Till that time, all retail disks whether bought in 2009 or in 2011 are identical.
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03 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Keep your copy of Windows. There's nothing fancy about the new one that you got except for Ballmer's sifnature.
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03 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Yeah, you aren't dealing with produce here, that gets old and stale. The OS is either pre-SP1 or post-SP1. There's no age to it.
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03 Mar 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP


I have the Signature Edition and it has nothing added to retail Ultimate besides the signature.
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