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How do-it-yourselfers do Windows.,
This review is from: Windows 7 Professional SP1 32bit (Full) System Builder OEM DVD 1 Pack [Old Version] (Software)
If you've reinstalled Windows just once in your life, you've learned enough to tackle a full virgin installation of Windows 7 from an OEM copy. Microsoft has finally created an operating system with so much built-in support and maintenance technology it practically does all the work for you, so if your current Windows XP machine is labeled "Windows Vista Capable" or "Windows 7 Capable," this is the way to go. Just to be sure, install and run Microsoft's Upgrade Advisor.
You can't upgrade from XP to 7; you have to wipe the drive or partition and perform a clean install, but even an upgrade from Vista to 7 is fraught with peril, so you might as well do the same if you're running Vista. Just back up your data and find all your application installation software before you begin. Once you activate this OEM version, it's married to the PC's system board. You can't reuse the product key on another machine unless you can convince Microsoft that the previous PC is out of commission. You're also not eligible for free phone and chat support from Microsoft, but there's a big enough expert user base that you should be able to solve most problems by joining a few Windows 7 users' forums. If you're not building an exotic tricked-out übergamingmaschine with overclocked handmade graphics cards, you shouldn't have much trouble that will require outside help. Your humble author installed Windows 7 32-bit on a late-2006 Apple iMac using Boot Camp. Windows Update found a better driver for the ATI Radeon X1600 display adapter than Apple provides.
The biggest advantage: you'll skip all the "enhanced experience" software the likes of Dell, HP and Lenovo cram onto their otherwise zippy machines. After the latest updates install, head off to microsoft dot com slash securityessentials and you'll get all the virus and malware protection you'll need absolutely FREE. Pay a visit to your PC maker's website, let 'em scan your system and grab all the latest hardware drivers.
With the OEM version, you don't get both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. For most users bringing along their XP-generation software and most peripherals, 32-bit is the best choice, especially on PCs with a maximum capacity of 4GB of RAM. If your PC has one of the latest Intel Core i-series processors, you'll reap the benefits of Hyper-threading, giving you the performance of 4 32-bit cores. Opt for the 64-bit version if you have a PC with a Core 2 Duo processor or better and have boosted the RAM beyond 4GB.
So, if you're ready for Windows 7 and don't have a pile of cash to burn for the full retail version, order up and have a ball!
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Initial post: Jul 28, 2011 7:08:25 AM PDT
Alexander V. Ramos says:
Thanks for this review. I'm ordering this for a 2007 HP laptop with a dual-core AMD Athlon X2 cpu. Should be good. Will rebuild system from scratch... After that, will put a new version of Linux back on, too. I run Vista and Linux on this PC. :)
Posted on Jan 12, 2014 8:03:12 AM PST
R. Nowicki says:
Please note that a "FULL" version and an "OEM" version are two seperate versions of Windows 7 Professional. For one thing the Full version comes with a 32bit and 64 bit disc. With the OEM version you are on your own for support as Microsoft does not include it. Also, the OEM version has several restrictions imposed by Microsoft on how it can be used. A real Windows 7 Full version will cost considerably more money than the OEM version
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