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I'm going to upgrade from WinXP Pro 32 bit to Win7 64 bit soon. Any advice on precautions to take, pitfalls to avoid?

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Yes, do turn UAC off it gets REALLY annoying everytime you start up a game...

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Would you advise dual-booting? There aren't many applications that I want/need to run on Win7 aside from games.

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if you have the space... I might do that....

 

 

I have a WD Cavier Black 2TB so I can do anything........ within reason.

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This is slightly off topic I know, so I apologize in advance.

 

Is it better to use the OEM version of windows 7 when building a new PC, or should I buy the complete version? What are the key differences between the two?

 

Price and IIRC you cannot use the OEM if you get another computer, but you can if you get the retail version and I believe other than that they are both complete versions. I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 OEM as I figure that by the time I get a new computer it will be time for Windows 8+ anyway.

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Well as long as I can upgrade and change some of the components in the PC it's installed on, then it won't be a problem. I think, like you, that I won't be requiring another PC until we're on another version of Windows. If I'm wrong, then I'll just have to save for a new copy.

 

Edit: Where are my manners? Thank you.

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I just bought today OEM Win7 Home Premium 64bit from the IT at work (cheaper than most :music_whistling:)

 

I have Vista Ultimate 64bit. Realized I never needed the Ultimate version features so I went with the Home premium.

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If you buy Win7 OEM it is pretty much locked to the PC it is installed on. This generally means that you can change the HDD, RAM and GPU and have to revalidate Win7 automatically online without the need to call the validation team.(in theory ! I once had Vista OEM and I had to call the team when I changed my old ATI card to a new nvidia and had to really plead to get them to revalidate)

 

However a motherboard change is normally classed as a new PC and can invalidate Win7.You would have to call MS then and explain why you needed to change the MB. You will have to say that you purchased the PC and the MB died and needed replacing. Do not say you just wished to upgrade!

 

Since the release of Win7 MS changed the licensing terms of OEM for hobbyists, see

 

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-19411_102-0.html?threadID=374252

http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/licensing_for_hobbyists.aspx

 

Hope this helps

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If you buy Win7 OEM it is pretty much locked to the PC it is installed on. This generally means that you can change the HDD, RAM and GPU and have to revalidate Win7 automatically online without the need to call the validation team.(in theory ! I once had Vista OEM and I had to call the team when I changed my old ATI card to a new nvidia and had to really plead to get them to revalidate)

 

However a motherboard change is normally classed as a new PC and can invalidate Win7.You would have to call MS then and explain why you needed to change the MB. You will have to say that you purchased the PC and the MB died and needed replacing. Do not say you just wished to upgrade!

 

Since the release of Win7 MS changed the licensing terms of OEM for hobbyists, see

 

http://forums.cnet.com/5208-19411_102-0.html?threadID=374252

http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/licensing_for_hobbyists.aspx

 

Hope this helps

 

It's a retail copy, so hopefully I won't have to worry about those issues. Thanks for the heads-up.

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You'll have no problems, I now have Win7 64 retail and have changed practically every component since I installed it (day of release) and it revalidated every time without fail.

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Retail means you can put the operating system on any pc as many times as you like...as long as it is only one pc at a a time.

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Buy W7? Oh , yes, I suppose you could. Billy needs the $$ ya know. :D

 

I got a discount, so I'm only giving Billy a little pocket change. :smilewink:

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Make sure your all your hardware is 64bit capable first. Drivers shouldn't be problem as before.

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Just took the plunge. Followed the upgrade guide on the MS website and everything is smooth sailing so far. Can't wait to test FC2 :D

 

Edit: A big hiccup with my Netgear wireless adapter. No WHQL drivers available. No worries though, another adapter is on hand. . .


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Ghostdog, pray that you didnt just buy a technet key for win7 that someone was selling, as last week MS cracked down hard on technet accounts, if you did buy a technet key, dont expect for it to last long, as MS is hammering technet atm for piracy.

 

When I say hammering, I mean a hammering, usually with a technet account people got 10 keys for each item, so 10 keys for win 7 ult, 10 for pro etc etc, now they only get 2 keys, because of ppl selling keys on craigs list and ebay, plus MS are banning all keys that are coming from suspect accounts.

 

So I hope the saving you got, didnt come from buying a technet key, as they really are not worth the money because MS is freaking out about piracy from within technet accounts.


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Ghostdog, pray that you didnt just buy a technet key for win7 that someone was selling, as last week MS cracked down hard on technet accounts, if you did buy a technet key, dont expect for it to last long, as MS is hammering technet atm for piracy.

 

When I say hammering, I mean a hammering, usually with a technet account people got 10 keys for each item, so 10 keys for win 7 ult, 10 for pro etc etc, now they only get 2 keys, because of ppl selling keys on craigs list and ebay, plus MS are banning all keys that are coming from suspect accounts.

 

So I hope the saving you got, didnt come from buying a technet key, as they really are not worth the money because MS is freaking out about piracy from within technet accounts.

 

:no: Not at all, it was a professional discount. I'm strictly legit with my software purchases. Keeps life simple.

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