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#1 masterblaster201

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Posted 25 December 2009 - 11:03 AM

Merry Christmas!
I purchased a new Dell Studio for my wife, it came with Vista (Yuk) I would like to load Win 7 Ultimate on it. My question is should I load an OEM version vs. Upgrade version? I would like to erase Vista completely before I load 7, any suggestions?



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Posted 26 December 2009 - 05:14 AM

legally you can only upgrade from Vista Ult. to Windows7 Ult. Check out this article by Ed Bott at;what Microsoft won't tell you about windows7 licensing

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 01:13 PM

You can purchase Windows 7 Pro OEM for around $140USD, however, you may need to be a "System Builder" and use the OPK during installation and sell this machine to an unrelated 3rd party to qualify. *phew*

http://oem.microsoft.com/script/contentpag...x?pageid=563841

If your Dell Studio is quite new you may qualify for an upgrade to Windows 7 at little or no cost. Refer to the Dell website to see if you qualify.

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 06:57 PM

Doing the upgrade is fine. Vista will only be a distant memory. The upgrade is painless. You should qualify for a free upgrade (version to same version, ultimate to ultimate for example).

If not and you're willing to shell it out, buying the full version separately is also okay. Doing an upgrade is still possible instead of a clean install (version to same version), but if you want to obliterate Vista first, then clean install 7, you can. :huh:

Going from a lower version Vista to 7 Ultimate will likely require a clean install.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 11:30 AM

I did an upgrade from Vista Home Premium to Win 7 Home Premium then purchased upgrade for win 7 to the Ultimate version.

I did not do a clean install due to needing all the software settings ported but this worked well the way I did it. Clean install method it depends on your computer manufacturer if they provide a free upgrade to Win 7 and then it may only be possible to do a live upgrade without clean install. I have a HP laptop and I was not allowed to do a clean install though I didn't want to anyway. You may need to purchase the stand alone version of Win 7 and make sure that you get all the drivers for your computers hardware or you may have troubles. My laptop needed to do a BIOS upgrade as well but HP made that very simple process, I didn't have to manually upgrade it myself, their software did it for me.

Other BIOS upgrades I did, I had to put it on a disk or usb flash drive and upgrade bios outside of operating system, that was while ago and on a different computer I no longer have.

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Posted 27 December 2009 - 05:31 PM

Yeah, there's more than one way to skin a cat, so to speak. You can do it that way (version to version, then buy the version upgrade).

In my opinion, there isn't much point in getting the Ultimate anyway. It doesn't have much more than the Pro or Home Premium. But, whatever cranks your tractor....

Let us know what you do, masterblaster201. :huh:

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