Putting together a new i7 system and am interested for advice on what OS to install. I have a spare copy of XP laying around and I bought the Windows 7 upgrade for $50 from Amazon but it won't be out until October. I was thinking of running the free Beta version of Windows 7 until then, but since I bought an upgrade, it is my understanding that I won't be able to install it over the Beta. AM I better off installing and running XP until October (and suffering through a non 64 bit OS) so I can upgrade later?
you cannot upgrade xp or win7rc to win 7 you will have to do a clean install either way
There is no point to a 64 os unless you have more than 4gig ram, few people have a need for that much ram. And if you don't have a clear need it would be creating problems for no gain.
i would install win7rc 's a lot better than xp. And just get 3 gig ram unless you have a good reason to get more
I've got 6 GB RAM. Sorry for the confusion - I meant the RC, not the beta. Regardless; you are suggesting I run the RC until October, then wipe the drive and do a fresh install of all the software/drives and bring all my files over?
I am running Windows XP, can I upgrade to Windows 7?
Microsoft designed Windows 7 Upgrade media for Windows Vista. A customer with Windows XP can purchase Windows 7 Upgrade media but must back up their files, clean install, and then reinstall their applications.
clean install gets rid of junk files that start building the first time you use your computer.
Most likley because the rc is an incomplete version:
they still hadn't worked out the update system (people with the rc are asked to download blank "updates" for test runs).
The key validation system was only a temp.
I'm sure there other little odds and ends that would create a nightmare trying to support in a few years.
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Nothing like free advtertising, eh? If you read the OP you'd see that "I bought the Windows 7 upgrade for $50 from Amazon" already.
Can you address the issue of why I won't be able to use the upgrade to go from the RC to the final version?
Im going to be building my first build soon. Should i purchase windows vista for my OS now. Newegg is offering something called a windows 7 upgrade coupon with the purchase of windows vista. What does that mean? I get windows 7 when it comes out in October? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...