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Windows 7: What version of windows 7 should I buy?

03 Mar 2011   #1
Crazypete96

Vista home basic 32 bit
 
 
What version of windows 7 should I buy?

I recently built a new desktop tower and I am trying to figure out which version on windows 7 I should get?
I have a network printer and will be using a wireless/wired network in my HOME. I will also have a all in one inkjet printer connected directly to the desktop that I would like to have the option to use it as a shared network printer.
I have some programs that might not be compatible with 7 I am not 100% sure on this but I just want to make sure my older (maybe 5 year old) programs will work.
The hardware on my computer will for sure run Windows 7. I am not worried about 7 not running. Since this is a computer I built. In the future I maybe upgrading components that may require a reinstall of windows 7. I would like to be able to reinstall windows 7 to the desktop if I need to without having to buy another key activation. I only plan on using windows 7 on this desktop. I know I want a 64 bit version of Windows 7. At this time I don't see the need of connecting to work domains. I would like to be able to use VNC to be able to work remotely computers on my home network which will also allow me to monitor what my children are doing on the computers they are working on. I will be using this desktop mainly as a home network server a place where I keep backups, for pictures, home videos, among other files. I will however more than likely keep these files on an external hard drive attached to the desktop. Could I buy the family pack Windows 7 and be able to do a brand new install from that for the desktop and upgrade my laptop from Vista Home Basic 32bit and possibly upgrade another machine of mine. I am just not sure with all of the Versions which one would be my best fit and then I have to consider OEM, FULL, Retail, and upgrade. Can someone please help me in making a good decision?


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03 Mar 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

From your list of requirements I see nothing that could not be done with a Home Premium version (see note below). Usually I recommend to use an OEM version because they are under $100. but those have to stay with the system where they were first installed and cannot be moved to another system. You can, however, reinstall as often as you like to the same system.

But nowadays one does not reinstall from the installation disk but from an image taken at the appropriate time. That is a lot less painful and 10 times faster.

Note: Your "old programs" would need further analysis. If you need to run them in XP compatibility mode, then Home Premium will not do.
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03 Mar 2011   #3
Crazypete96

Vista home basic 32 bit
 
 

I am not familiar with doing install from an image. Could you briefly explain that process? Is there a program required to do this? Thank you for the help.
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03 Mar 2011   #4
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Crazypete,
I moved from Vista Home Premium 32 bit to 7 and paid less than $100 for the upgrade.
7 Home Premium Upgrade comes with 2 disks. One is for 32 bit and the other is 64 bit.
Installed 32 bit then went to 64 bit.
Just make sure your system is compatible with 7 before laying out the cash.
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03 Mar 2011   #5
Crazypete96

Vista home basic 32 bit
 
 

Wolves,
I am looking at the 3 license pack as another option. To upgrade my laptop and to do a new/clean install of windows 7 of my recent desktop build. Also to possibly upgrade another machine I have. I can put up with Vista on my laptop even though after using my wife's laptop I think I would really like windows 7. Just a matter of making a decision. My main concern with the Family pack of windows 7 home premium is since it is technically a upgrade. Can this software pack do clean or new install on a newly built PC?
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03 Mar 2011   #6
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Crazypete96 View Post
Wolves,
I am looking at the 3 license pack as another option...
That is by far the best value. I missed it when it was first offered, then upgraded three machines before they brought it back.

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...My main concern with the Family pack of windows 7 home premium is since it is technically a upgrade. Can this software pack do clean or new install on a newly built PC?
Yes. There are several methods whereby you can do the clean install.

You will want to be confident that you have great backups of all your data on an external hard drive or something comparable.
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03 Mar 2011   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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04 Mar 2011   #8
Crazypete96

Vista home basic 32 bit
 
 

How well would file share and printer share work across my network if all of the PC's are not Windows 7? Currently I have one laptop running vista home basic, another laptop running windows 7 home premium, desktop running Xp pro svc pk2 (Thinking this computer will go away since it is old and slow or be the kids computer), the new desktop that I built that will run windows 7 probably home premium, and one more older desktop (previous home built) that I am going to install linux on to try and learn about that OS. If the vista laptop and the new desktop running windows 7 home premium will communicate (play nice) across the network and allow me to use VNC between the machines. I think I will just get the single license copy of windows 7 home Premium. Since with the computers I have I would be not be using the 3rd license available in the family pack and I am not planning on adding another windows machine to the family. (Sorry thinking/rambling) However with the family pack 3 license I could upgrade the vista laptop to windows 7 and do the clean install on the desktop and just not use the 3rd license or hold on to it in case I add a machine to the network. That would make all of my machines windows 7 home premium and I would still have a license to use if I wanted. That should eliminate any network compatibility issues if all of my windows machines were the same version of windows 7. Does any of my rambling make sense? What are your suggestions? Since clean installs are possible with the Family pack upgrade that opens options up to me.
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04 Mar 2011   #9
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

You'll still be way ahead in the money game with a 3-Pack even if you only use two of them.

Networking Win 7 machines with non-Win 7 machines can be a little trickier, but is certainly doable. In any event, once you're running Win 7 on one machine you're likely to want it on all of them anyway.
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04 Mar 2011   #10
DocBrown

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

Welcome Crazypete96

I have 16 Windows computers on a small business network. 98SE, XP Home, Xp Pro, Vista, & all versions of win7 except Starter. Using a Work Network, instaed of the New HomeGroup network, all computers work pretty well with each other. But it takes a little time to get them all tweaked together. I also have 6 printers networked on the various computers, which also took some tweaking, but it can be done.

on the win7 3 packs Great Value
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