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Dumb question windows 7

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March 4, 2010 1:26:08 PM

I know this is a dumb question but i just want to make sure. If your building a PC you have to buy the really expensive full version of windows 7 right?

I want windows 7 but don't want to pay for the full version, I may just go with XP, what do you guys think XP not too bad?

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a b $ Windows 7
March 4, 2010 1:46:51 PM

There are two ways you can go:

  • OEM version - With this version, your Windows 7 is tied to one PC and cannot be used on any other PC. This includes if you have to swap out your motherboard. Also, you either buy a 32-bit or 64-bit version. You don't get both like the retail versions.

  • Upgrade version - with this version, you must already own a previous copy of Vista or XP that has a valid, activated key. You don't have to have it installed (although that requires some "hoops" you have to go through, but they're not that bad). Do a Google search on "clean install windows 7 upgrade" and it will tell you how to do this.

    Here's one:

    BTW, as sneaky as this might seem, it's legal as long as you own a legitimate copy of XP or Vista (which means your key is genuine and has been activated).

    That's it. The OEM is a "full" version and does NOT require that you have a previous copy of Windows. However, you're going to have to decide which do you want: 32-bit or 64-bit.

    With the Upgrade version, you get both 32-bit and 64-bit BUT you have to already own a previous copy of Windows (XP or Vista).

    Hopefully that helps! :hello: 
    March 4, 2010 2:58:44 PM

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    March 4, 2010 3:00:20 PM

    Thanks your answer was very informative and thorough, I appreciate it.
    a b $ Windows 7
    March 4, 2010 6:00:40 PM

    johnjohnson said:
    Thanks your answer was very informative and thorough, I appreciate it.

    No problem. I did forget to mention (but I'm assuming you already know) that both those options are MUCH cheaper than going for the full retail version.