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Specific upgrade question. Windows vista business 32 bit to Windows 7 enterprise 64 bit

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  • Windows Vista
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  • Windows 8
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August 7, 2014 10:33:35 AM

Hello all,
I just built my first gaming rig and it currently does not have an operating system. I downloaded updates to Windows 7 64 bit enterprise and to 8.1 64 bit student edition, from my university. Since these are updates and not full ISO copies, I need to install an operating system that to use them. From talking with IT on campus, he recommended buying a full version of vista somewhere and then performing two back to back upgrades (Vista to 7 and then 7 to 8.1).
My question is: Since I am not going to use Vista more than the hour that it takes to install and upgrade can I get away with using Vista business 32 bit because it is much cheaper than the Home version? My upgrades with be using a clean install method since I do not have any data on this computer.
Thanks for your time!

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a b * Windows 8
a b $ Windows 7
August 7, 2014 10:51:19 AM

Not much of a price difference between Windows Vista (not sure you can buy that actually) Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

The intention behind the update discs from Universities is that you can use the same OS that your teachers/other students are using.

Great for going from something like Home Premium to Pro, but not really intended as standalone installations.

You can pick up an OEM copy of Windows 8.1 64bit for about $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Home Premium for about $85
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?usaffiliateid=100003150...

To me the $15 dollars is worth not wasting a half hour installing and then upgrading.
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August 7, 2014 11:11:20 AM

Eximo said:
Not much of a price difference between Windows Vista (not sure you can buy that actually) Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

The intention behind the update discs from Universities is that you can use the same OS that your teachers/other students are using.

Great for going from something like Home Premium to Pro, but not really intended as standalone installations.

You can pick up an OEM copy of Windows 8.1 64bit for about $100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Home Premium for about $85
http://www.ncixus.com/products/?usaffiliateid=100003150...

To me the $15 dollars is worth not wasting a half hour installing and then upgrading.

I agree that the $15 would not be worth it, but I can buy a Vista 32 bit for ~$30 on eBay which would save me $70 relative to buying 8.1 from NewEgg. It will be a pain in the ass and a long afternoon, but $70 is makes it harder choice.
Could you please elaborate about the difference between a regular upgrade from Microsoft and an upgrade from an university (beside having the student edition)?
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a b * Windows 8
a b $ Windows 7
August 7, 2014 11:23:00 AM

You can't upgrade a 32bit OS with a 64 bit OS. You have to start with 64 bit.
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a b * Windows 8
a b $ Windows 7
August 7, 2014 11:43:25 AM

Correct you cannot upgrade a 32bit OS to a 64bit OS.

There should be no difference between the student edition and an OEM or Retail Box version in practice. Retail Box allows for three simultaneous installations and an unlimited number of re-installs (I think), OEM copies for Windows 7 or earlier are tied to the motherboard and are one use only. OEM copies for Windows 8 and higher allow for 1 active copy at a time, unlimited number of installs.

My understanding with the Student Editions is that they are tied to your university e-mail with a .edu extension. There may be expiration dates as well, I would have to do some research.

This is somewhat new to me. When I was in college the student editions were just fully licensed copies with no real validation.
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August 7, 2014 12:02:10 PM

ss202sl said:
You can't upgrade a 32bit OS with a 64 bit OS. You have to start with 64 bit.


Eximo said:
Correct you cannot upgrade a 32bit OS to a 64bit OS.

There should be no difference between the student edition and an OEM or Retail Box version in practice. Retail Box allows for three simultaneous installations and an unlimited number of re-installs (I think), OEM copies for Windows 7 or earlier are tied to the motherboard and are one use only. OEM copies for Windows 8 and higher allow for 1 active copy at a time, unlimited number of installs.

My understanding with the Student Editions is that they are tied to your university e-mail with a .edu extension. There may be expiration dates as well, I would have to do some research.

This is somewhat new to me. When I was in college the student editions were just fully licensed copies with no real validation.

Yeah man that makes since. I feel fairly fed up with the whole upgrade through my university and I think that the easiest thing for me to do it just buy 8.1 OEM. I will probably get it from NE, since my university store was selling them for $130. Thank you for your help!
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