Solved

OEM Windows 7 or Windows 8.1

Hi

If I buy Windows 7 OEM from Newegg, is my license tied to the motherboard ONLY or is it tied to other parts as well ?

I was on the impression that I could change all the parts in a build as long as I kept the same motherboard for the license to be OK.

I heard so much bad things about windows 8 or 8.1 that I am scared to consider it. Do you guys think I should go with 8.1 instead ?

Thanks
5 answers Last reply Best Answer
More about oem windows windows
  1. I don't see any reason to choose Windows 7 over Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 is a mature, stable OS that runs faster than Windows 7 and is better able to take advantage of the latest hardware. The licensing with Windows 8.1 is also much more lenient and allows moving the OS from system to system. Don't let the initial bad reviews of Windows 8 from people who can't handle change cause you to install an outdated OS on a new system.
  2. shortstuff_mt said:
    I don't see any reason to choose Windows 7 over Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 is a mature, stable OS that runs faster than Windows 7 and is better able to take advantage of the latest hardware. The licensing with Windows 8.1 is also much more lenient and allows moving the OS from system to system. Don't let the initial bad reviews of Windows 8 from people who can't handle change cause you to install an outdated OS on a new system.


    Do you have some real stats proving that Windows 8.1 is faster than Windows 7? I haven't seen this ever and it keeps getting stated.
  3. ahnilated said:
    shortstuff_mt said:
    I don't see any reason to choose Windows 7 over Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 is a mature, stable OS that runs faster than Windows 7 and is better able to take advantage of the latest hardware. The licensing with Windows 8.1 is also much more lenient and allows moving the OS from system to system. Don't let the initial bad reviews of Windows 8 from people who can't handle change cause you to install an outdated OS on a new system.


    Do you have some real stats proving that Windows 8.1 is faster than Windows 7? I haven't seen this ever and it keeps getting stated.


    Sure, all you have to do is do a Google search for "Windows 7 vs. Windows 8.1 speed" and read a few reviews/watch a few videos. Here's a couple examples:

    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2406668,00.asp

    http://www.hardocp.com/article/2013/11/24/battlefield_4_windows_7_vs_81_performance_review/

    I can also tell you from my own experience running both operating systems on the exact same hardware that the "seat of the pants" feel is much better on Windows 8.1 than it is on Windows 7. It's just an all-around better OS once you get over the learning curve. It can also be set up to feel very similar to Windows 7 for people who just can't get the hang of how it runs out of the box.
  4. You people have concentrated on Windows 7 or 8.1 (which would be better to get) but have not covered the first question which was about Windows being tied to the motherboard ONLY or to more parts other than the motherboard.

    If not only the motherboard, which other parts would it be tied to ?
    Thanks
  5. Best answer
    With windows 7, you cannot change you mobo and CPU without possibly corrupting your windows installation. Windows 8 however, might be different. I'll let someone else clarify and fill in any hole I missed.

    Windows 8.1 is definitely the preferred OS over Windows 7. The learning curve is steep for some people but you'll be used to it within a week. You'll need to make the change eventually, why not now? Windows 8 is not going away, it's the beginning of a whole new style of computing Microsoft is trying to push. That on top of Windows 8 being MUCH faster than windows 7 leaves no real reason to stick with windows 7.

    Good luck!
Ask a new question

Read More

Windows 7 OEM Motherboards License Systems