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Windows 7: What's best/safest/Low$ Upgrade path to Windows 8?

27 Mar 2018   #11

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN

OEM vs full version

Carey Frisch replied on



OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system Carey Frisch
Windows Expert - Consumer

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29 Mar 2018   #12

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
By the way,

If anyone would like to totally screw-up their will to live understand more of how the windows product lifecycle works ....

windows lifecycle factsheet
1.5 years of support for the latest Windows 10 (1709). Imagine that. Windows 7 will continue to be supported after 1709 goes out of support. Windows 8.1 goes even longer.

So tell me again why I would want to "upgrade" to Windows 10?
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29 Mar 2018   #13

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN

Thanks for your input/info Jim!
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04 Apr 2018   #14

Windows 7 SP1 Home Premium 64bit [x64]

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Edward2 View Post
I have VB6 healthcare equipment applications running on Win7, and I'm told they won't run on Win 10.
Plus, the Win 7(Starter) pc for one of these is suddenly displaying the 'This Copy of Windows Is Not Genuine'. Maybe after the motherboard swap or new HDD(for backup hardware).

I'm going to setup a Win 10 PC to test the software.

Can Win 10 Run unattended on Intel Atom PCs for Months to years?
I don't think the 32bit Atom processors will handle Win 10.
actually certain 32bit Intel Atom CPUs CAN run Win10, Edward2 (up to the v1607 release - just not the latest Win10 versions like 1703 and higher). Win10 is available in both 32bit & 64bit.

Microsoft has already agreed to provide extended updates for the 32bit Win10 v1607 release for certain Intel Atom CPUs [Z2520, Z2560, Z2580 & Z2760] until 2023.
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