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January 13, 2013 9:48:51 PM

I'm looking to buy windows 7 home premium. Keep in mind I am not looking for an upgrade, but the actual CD..

Is there a difference btw those 2 windows besides price :p 

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...
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http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home-Premium/...

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January 13, 2013 9:54:13 PM

Hi, the amazon one has the 64 and 32 bits.
You probably want only 64 bits, so get the 64 bits os from the tigerdirect.
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January 13, 2013 10:01:31 PM

TigerDirect version is OEM. No support from Microsoft if you have issues (but that's what we're here for).
Amazon version is full retail which includes technical support from Microsoft.
Additionally, the OEM version is tied to the motherboard. Barring motherboard failure (technically), you cannot install this OS onto another system.

I *think* both retail and OEM have both 32 and 64 bit, but your only concern would be the 64-bit. Note: If you install the 64-bit version onto a system, you cannot also install the 32-bit version onto another system at the same time.

-Wolf sends
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January 13, 2013 10:03:02 PM

The cheaper one is the OEM version which ties you to your motherboard. If you have to replace your motherboard, you will have problems re-installing Windows.
This version also does not allow you to get support from Microsoft as it is the System Builder version. You may also have some problems with reactivations when you reinstall on the same motherboard after some reinstalls...I think they say 10.

The more expensive one is the full retail version without any restrictions to the motherboard or reinstalls.
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January 13, 2013 10:14:29 PM

Which one would you suggest?
Am I likely to have to reinstall/mobo failure?
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January 13, 2013 10:25:57 PM

One never knows.
Do you have an old Windows operating system that is not installed on any other computer?
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January 13, 2013 10:46:21 PM

You need a 64 bit OS

Consider buying Win 8
The licensing terms and conditions are much better than previous versions of windows .
No retail vs OEM any more

Its better in a lot of small ways , and you can easily add a start button if you wish
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January 13, 2013 11:42:16 PM

My main concern with win 8 is the fact that some of the software im going to use is not compatible (yet) with it.
The start menu is also quite annoying.

''Do you have an old Windows operating system that is not installed on any other computer? ''
Nope
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January 14, 2013 12:40:21 AM

danny2000 said:
I like Windows 8 also.
but yes, there is still a Windows 8 OEM version for $99 http://www.engadget.com/2012/10/12/windows-8-packaging-...


There are only two types of license for Win 8
The upgrade and the OEM

The OEM has none of the previous restrictions of Win 7 oem , and can be transferred to a new computer just like the Win 7 retail version could
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January 14, 2013 12:45:58 AM

pongo1967 said:
My main concern with win 8 is the fact that some of the software im going to use is not compatible (yet) with it.
The start menu is also quite annoying.

''Do you have an old Windows operating system that is not installed on any other computer? ''
Nope



if you have software that could instal on Vista or Win 7 then it will install on Windows 8
Possibly in compatibility mode but often it just instals

Thats been my experience so far

The lack of start menu is annoying at first . I did try adding one and it was Ok , but now Im using it as shipped .
You quickly learn to think of metro as a start menu for programs you have installed , and you can pin those you use frequntly to the task bar . For all the other windows programs you might want then mouse to the top right and click search . Too easy .

Turning it off is the hardest part , and its always two clicks slower to do that than any previous version of windows .

Mine installed on a samsung 830 SSD and from cold boot to desktop is about 7 seconds . From sleep its more like 3 which is a lot faster than Win7 would be
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