Question on the many types of windows 7.... So I recently built a new computer and come to find out the windows 7 64 bit that I purchased from my university was an "upgrade" version. After 99% of the install and when I type in the cd key it does not recognize it. I assume this is due to the fact that it is being installed in a new pc that I just built.
So question for the forum, what is the correct type of version of Windows 7 64 bit for a new pc build? I think the Home Premium edition version of Windows 7 64 bit would be appropriate and most cost effective as it supports >4 gb of RAM. The build is for a gaming machine based around the new i5-3550 CPU, Radeon 7870HD GPU, and Asus mobo is B75 chipset, and SSD boot drive, and 1 TB HDD. Unfortunately it looks like this will cost an extra $199.99 on the Staples website.
Also are there any security issues with this version of Windows 7 proposed above?
Please let me know if this is correct, or of there are any alternatives.
I don't think BestBuy carries OEM versions, Staples probably not either... maybe you have a Frys or Microcenter nearby? Or just order online.
As for security issues, not really. Just keep Windows updated, install a good AV, and steer clear of those dark corners.
Sorry if these are dumb questions but: What is the difference between the regular version and the OEM system builders license version? Also the different SP#'s - do you have the option to purchase different service packs? Can't I just d/l the service packs from the internet? Also, why the cost discrepancy between the copy at staples ($200) and the version on newegg ($100)?