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July 3, 2013 7:46:55 PM

I have to buy an OS soon and which is the better option? I know that windows 8 has awful user interface, I know this because I'm using it right now and overall I prefer windows 7 but as time passes more things will support windows 8 over 7. So my question is which one should I get. Both are the same price (OEM edition). Thanks

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a c 389 $ Windows 7
a c 253 * Windows 8
July 3, 2013 7:55:33 PM

No use going with an OS you dislike. You can always change later if you wish.

Personally, I have zero problem with Win 8.
a b $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
July 3, 2013 7:58:46 PM

fizzyfez said:
I have to buy an OS soon and which is the better option? I know that windows 8 has awful user interface, I know this because I'm using it right now and overall I prefer windows 7 but as time passes more things will support windows 8 over 7. So my question is which one should I get. Both are the same price (OEM edition). Thanks


Install Start8, or wait for the free 8.1 update. I've been using Windows 8 since general availability in August 2012 and I generally find it much faster and more stable than Windows 7. The only detractor is the interface as you said.
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July 3, 2013 8:00:46 PM

I agree that if you can get past the interface, W8 really is a superior OS. It's more lightweight, has better features, and I personally prefer the matte style explorer to the glass style in W7. /shrug

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a c 371 $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
July 3, 2013 8:05:59 PM
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Get the Windows 8 OEM , because it can be transferred to another computer, when you need to move on.Windows 7 is tied to the first board you install it 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


Microsoft.com ^


OEM vs. Retail

OEM Windows 7 comes preinstalled on computers. This is the cheapest way to buy windows. Large PC manufacturers like Dell, HP etc. (collectively called royalty OEMs) install windows on millions of such PCs. The main characteristics of such systems are:

The license agreement and support agreement is between you and the PC maker, not MS.

Activation by the end user is not required. Windows is preactivated at the factory by the OEM using images and standard SLP keys.

Your copy of windows is locked to that PC. The license is not transferable.

OEM system builder is what you get when you buy from say Newegg or from a local "white box" vendor. It too has the characteristics of Royalty OEM windows. Although it is possible for an individual to buy a System Builder copy, the license requires that the software be installed using the OPK (OEM preinstall kit) and then resold.

Retail version is what you buy from a retailer like Amazon or Bestbuy. Its a full price version that comes packaged in a retail box with a retail product key. It has to be activated online via MS servers using the key on the box, it is not tied to the PC it was first installed on, though it can only be used on a single computer at a time. And, MS directly provides the support for it. It is also more expensive than OEM copies.

As far as functionality is concerned, theres no difference between any of the versions above, given any specific edition (i.e. between OEM pro and retail pro, or between OEM ultimate and retail ultimate).

sevenforums.com





Windows 8 OEM is a whole different ballgame.

License agreement for the transfer of a Windows 8 license
http://personaluselicense.windows.com/en-US/default.asp...
a c 371 $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
July 3, 2013 8:06:38 PM

Don't forget to choose a Best Solution when opening a question thread , the forum members will appreciate that

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September 1, 2013 11:05:46 AM

fizzyfez said:
I have to buy an OS soon and which is the better option? I know that windows 8 has awful user interface, I know this because I'm using it right now and overall I prefer windows 7 but as time passes more things will support windows 8 over 7. So my question is which one should I get. Both are the same price (OEM edition). Thanks


If you install ClassicShell you can restore the start menu (you can choose between 9x, xp and wista/7) while keeping the start screen available (via shift+windows button or shift + click on start menu)

a b * Windows 8
September 1, 2013 11:30:25 AM

UBAB_Support said:
fizzyfez said:
I have to buy an OS soon and which is the better option? I know that windows 8 has awful user interface, I know this because I'm using it right now and overall I prefer windows 7 but as time passes more things will support windows 8 over 7. So my question is which one should I get. Both are the same price (OEM edition). Thanks


If you install ClassicShell you can restore the start menu (you can choose between 9x, xp and wista/7) while keeping the start screen available (via shift+windows button or shift + click on start menu)



I think its better to adjust honestly. This just adds another layer on top of Windows that can cause instability and issues.

8.1 will change a lot of things for the better but its pretty easy to press the Windows key and start typing what you want than searching through menus.

Also, SR-71 while that is the official specs for OEM its not true. I have moved OEM to different systems. They have a 3 activations per year setup. After that you have to call in to the automated system. Or if you make a major change such as the motherboard you have to call in since it has a 10 point system and requires a 7/10 to pass to reactivate online.

For the OP, go 8. Its better to learn the new OS that will eventually take over. I doubt MS will go back to the classic Windows Start Menu with 9 or 10 or whatever they come out with next.
October 7, 2013 10:17:25 AM

Hi, JimmySmitty,

You wrote:

I think its better to adjust honestly. This just adds another layer on top of Windows that can cause instability and issues.

8.1 will change a lot of things for the better but its pretty easy to press the Windows key and start typing what you want than searching through menus.

Also, SR-71 while that is the official specs for OEM its not true. I have moved OEM to different systems. They have a 3 activations per year setup. After that you have to call in to the automated system. Or if you make a major change such as the motherboard you have to call in since it has a 10 point system and requires a 7/10 to pass to reactivate online.

For the OP, go 8. Its better to learn the new OS that will eventually take over. I doubt MS will go back to the classic Windows Start Menu with 9 or 10 or whatever they come out with next.[/quotemsg]
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I have upgraded my mobo from one AMD to a newer model and nothing I do has been successful to tie the (HP)OEM HDD to the new mobo. The new mobo is not "tattooed" so there is no interfacing btwn the HDD and the mobo. New chipset apparently.

How did you do it? I called HP 6 times and called MS twice and nobody can help me. They all tell me the same thing - buy new OS.
November 2, 2013 2:38:13 PM

I was able to re-activate an OEM Windows OS by notifying Windows that my motherboard had crashed an I was unable to replace it with the same model (probably true in this case). Microsoft enabled me to reactivate the OS for the new motherboard, while deactivating the original.
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