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Windows 7: OS v OEM

30 Jul 2011   #1
Ziani

Windows 7 Home 64 bit
 
 
OS v OEM

Hiya,

I am using Asus OEM Windows 7 Home and am thinking on getting Windows 7 pro. If I replace this with the new OS will I have to install certain Asus software as well or will the new OS install everything?

Thanks


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30 Jul 2011   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

NO, you can use anytime upgrade.

No install files needed.
Only the Upgrade key is need.
Anytime upgrade only adds-on the Programs & Features from version to version.
Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
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30 Jul 2011   #3
Ziani

Windows 7 Home 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
NO, you can use anytime upgrade.

No install files needed.
Only the Upgrade key is need.
Anytime upgrade only adds-on the Programs & Features from version to version.
Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to
Thank you but I was thinking of a complete new install....NOT upgrading. I also don't want to keep all the rubbish that came with the OEM.
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30 Jul 2011   #4
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there
In general the Full / Retail version of W7 wil be OK but you will probably have to install some ASUS drivers -- their website is OK

I changed a MB with an ASUS one and the CD that came with the Motherboard had all the drivers on it in any case.


Advantages of OS vs OEM

1) Can move to different computers - just tell MS you've upgraded computer / hardware and activation is automatic

2) You install ONLY what YOU want -- no OEM Trial / add / cr--/ ware .

If I buy a store supplied computer the 1st thing I do is WIPE their disk clean and install a fresh instance of Windows. (In case of problems take a copy of the factory image disk so you can restore it to "Store Status" just in case the computer is faulty as installing a different OS *May* (not necessarilly Will) invalidate the warranty - better to be safe than sorry.

3) You can easily recover / re-install W7 if needed (recovery disk creation etc etc).

4) OEM - if you have to re-install from their image you end up with all the initial Junk -- and also sometimes their restore package doesn't work.

5) You can re-partition disks easily -- with a standard OEM hidden restore partition you can get problems moving stuff around and re-arranging disk partitions.

6) Can install in your own language (or if W7 Pro and up you can install additional Language packs).

probably other things too I haven't mentioned.

Cheers
jimbo
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30 Jul 2011   #5
Bill2

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

Hello Ziani,

If you're not completely comfortable installing windows/software or just plain too busy, follow Theog's advice. The advantages are:

1) The Anytime Upgrade license is cheaper than a full retail license.

2) Anytime upgrade is a 10 minute, usually painless procedure that simply unlocks new features of the upgraded version without disturbing installed apps and user files.

3) After anytime upgrading, just uninstall the asus stuff you dont need, keep the stuff you like, do some basic maintenance (run a AV scan, clean temp files and run defrag) THEN create an image of the install. This is a quick and simple way of going back to good state if things go wrong.

4) Before you upgrade (or clean install), make a set of recovery disks using the asus builtin recovery manager, those let you restore to factory install if needed and also save a copy of the license you paid for.

With machines these days having large and fast hard disks and lots of ram, clean install may not provide any great performance boost though its also a matter of personal preference.
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30 Jul 2011   #6
Ziani

Windows 7 Home 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
In general the Full / Retail version of W7 wil be OK but you will probably have to install some ASUS drivers -- their website is OK

I changed a MB with an ASUS one and the CD that came with the Motherboard had all the drivers on it in any case.


Advantages of OS vs OEM

1) Can move to different computers - just tell MS you've upgraded computer / hardware and activation is automatic

2) You install ONLY what YOU want -- no OEM Trial / add / cr--/ ware .

If I buy a store supplied computer the 1st thing I do is WIPE their disk clean and install a fresh instance of Windows. (In case of problems take a copy of the factory image disk so you can restore it to "Store Status" just in case the computer is faulty as installing a different OS *May* (not necessarilly Will) invalidate the warranty - better to be safe than sorry.

Cheers
jimbo
Thanks Jimbo,

Why would I have to inform MS that I have upgraded as I would have a new License with the new OS?

You say wipe their disk clean which is what I would do. Is this done when installing new OS....gives option to reformat?

Not sure how to take a copy of the factory image? Would I not just be able to re install the OEM with the dsk that came with it to restore it to Store Status?
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30 Jul 2011   #7
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Windows Anytime Upgrade is the easiest way to go and probably one of the cheapest.

Just go online and buy an upgrade product key and you're good to go:

Windows Anytime Upgrade - Upgrade your Windows 7 edition - Microsoft Windows

Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to

You can also buy an upgrade product key in some computer stores.
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30 Jul 2011   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Ziani, welcome to Seven Forums!


If you want to do a clean install anyway, this may be a better process, after you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media and want to do a complete wipe secure erase of the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive, have a look at Step One of the Optimize tutorial below then boot the Windows installation media to start the Windows 7 clean install process.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information




Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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30 Jul 2011   #9
Ziani

Windows 7 Home 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Hello Ziani, welcome to Seven Forums!


If you want to do a clean install anyway, this may be a better process, after you have copied out or made back-ups of the data you need to save to external media and want to do a complete wipe secure erase of the entire Hard Disk Drive / Solid State Drive, have a look at Step One of the Optimize tutorial below then boot the Windows installation media to start the Windows 7 clean install process.

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

Additional Secure Erase / Wipe Information




Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
Thanks Bare foot kid...this sounds perfect. Do I really need to secure/erase the HDD before doing a clean install? What I am planning is having 2 drives C: & D: and installing new OS on C: At the moment I have both and was just planning on a clean install on C: and leaving D: although I may change the size.
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30 Jul 2011   #10
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

No, there's no need to do any kind of erase. You can just quick format the drive during the installation process.
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