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Win 7 Pro OEM works fine, but with a few problems,
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This review is from: Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack (Software)I have been designing, building and programming computers for 37 years, and have put together perhaps two dozen PCs, so when I bought the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer or "system builder") version I knew what I was getting. It works OK for an operating system, especially after all the glitzy "Aero" and other useless features are disabled.
The OEM version is intended to be installed in a new PC by the supplier, and not by the end user. However, it is the same as the end user version - there is no functional difference - and you can install it on your computer. You don't get "free" technical support from Microsoft, but if you have ever spent an hour on the phone waiting to get Microsoft's "help" only to get someone who doesn't speak English and clearly knows little about computers you know that Microsoft's "help" is worthless anyway. That's one virtue of the OEM version - you won't be tempted to waste your time waiting on the phone.
Installation is extremely simple - just put the disk in the DVD drive and follow the instructions. You DO NOT need any other installer software. The Microsoft OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) that is occasionally mentioned is just for OEM installers who are installing Windows on dozens of computers at a time. It is not needed to install the OEM package on your computer.
There are some serious shortcomings/bugs in Win 7.
1. If you have internal SATA 3.0 hard drives in your computer they will appear as removable USB devices in the "Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media" dialog that is used to remove USB devices from the computer. External SATA3 drives can be unplugged and removed from the computer, but your internal drives cannot and should not be listed. If you accidentally click on one of the hard drives it will be "uninstalled" and will no longer work until you reboot the computer again. That is just bonehead stupid! Windows gives you no way to correct this and tell it that the installed hard drives are not removeable devices. If you are lucky the motherboard manufacturer may provide a driver workaround. If not you are stuck with this bit of Microsoft programming incompetence.
2. Microsoft Windows 7 Professional does not properly install Microsoft Office 2010 (and possibly a lot of other programs as well)! When you install Office it will ask you to activate it - that's nothing new. However, every time you try to run an Office program (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) it will ask you to activate Office again. And again. And again - and each time it will tell you that if you don't reactivate the program is will stop working.
You can solve this problem by selecting any Office program icon in the Start window or on the desktop and SHIFT-right click on it. In the pop-open menu select "Run as Administrator" and then repeat the activation process again. You will have to do this even if you are running the computer as Administrator, because Win 7 denies administrator priviledges (such as activating software) to Administrators! That is bonehead stupid! With luck you won't have to do this every time you want to run an Office program.
You have to wonder if Microsoft is getting its programmers from the primate house in the Elbonia zoo?!
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Initial post: Apr 15, 2013 1:04:21 PM PDT
I. Ambrocio says:
No, they are just gilded corporate idiots. They don't smoke cigs, or do drugs, and they are great at passing tests. But they don't have a creative bone in their bodies. Once corporate bites onto something it kills it dead. That's why we are still enjoying the music from the 60's. The one note boom-boom stuff just doesn't cut it.
Way back when Windows 95 came out Microsoft changed the world for the better and they continued through windows xp. Now these non-smoking, just say no, top of their class university idiots got into the creative end of corporate, they just failed.
Real creativity does not come from the top of the class jackass that lives off the inventions of the few unstable but creative individuals that came before him. Creative people are not your perfect corporate image, they are your unstable, can't really deal with life people that everyday is a struggle just to get by.
Well these people just don't get hired these days; they are off flipping hamburgers, while corporate tries to fool the world with its image of the perfect human entity. Perfect teeth, perfect habits, great test taking abilities, but if it isn't in a book for them to learn you end up with windows 8.
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Michael N. Burns says:
I couldn't have said it better myself. What you have described here is the helpless striving for external perfection. I don't really give a rat's patooty what you smoke or who you smoke it with. I don't really even care what you look like. Can you do the job? We in America are so caught up in image and the concept that "perception is reality" What others perceive is an easy thing for Corporations with their consultants to manipulate in any form they care to choose.
Lipstick on a pig.
Posted on Oct 25, 2013 4:53:12 PM PDT
Robert F. Hettel says:
I have installed this several times on a few different systems. I have not seen one of the problems you mentioned. Most likely due to mother board makers. I used an EVGA 780 (LGA 775), And 2 different EVGA x58 boards. I also generally unplug spare drives until the chipset driver has been loaded.
I have never run across the office activation problem. That normally gets installed right after the antivirus is done installing.
my experience with win 7 installations has been painless.
Posted on Nov 9, 2013 4:56:57 AM PST
Quality Counts says:
Well, I can attest to your comments. I got a peek at their idiotic design issues way back in '97 when I found that the SPACEBAR deleted text. This would be OK, IF there wasn't a key for that purpose...see that DEl key? Yup, that will delete text.
That was a minor aggravation. Today these marvels have graduated to far more ridiculous foibles. Don't get me started. Thanks for everyone's honest posts.
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