Windows 7 for new PC build issues...

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.

Thanks!
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  1. As you're installing it on a new build:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    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.
  2. the regular one got the 32 and 64 disk you could use the premium 64 with 4 gig of memory see this http://www.staples.ca/ENG/Catalog/cat_sku.asp?CatIds=&webid=805265&affixedcode=WW
  3. pdxalex said:
    As you're installing it on a new build:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    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)?
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