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Need to reformat...from a pirated version of Windows 7


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#1 Alvaaron

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 12:43 AM

Hey, I got redirected here after someone was helping me with a rootkit issue that doesn't seem to want to fix. However one of my issues is that I'm running a pirated version of Windows 7 (that was installed without my knowledge) and I was wondering how the hell the versions of Windows 7 work. I've looked at the prices and I've seen Home Premium going for anywhere from $100 to $200 depending on the version, which brings me to my question. What the hell is the difference between the versions?

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 12:52 AM

What the heck, Google is your friend.

http://www.neowin.net/news/main/09/04/30/windows-7-whats-the-difference-between-the-editions

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 01:57 PM

Welcome to Windows 7 - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 03:29 PM

Thanks for the replies (google is unfriendly at the moment). I probably should've been more specific with my question, basically what's the difference between these two.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5213932&Sku=M17-7302

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5038534&CatId=4622

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 03:50 PM

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 09:14 PM

Home Premium is for home users Its works great
Professional version is somewhat business computing but I am using windows professional 64 bit and I am a Home User
Windows Ultimate is somewhat for high-end workstations and for powerful computing.

What o/s you pick depends on what are you going to use it for?.

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Posted 17 December 2010 - 11:36 PM

I love the responses and all but maybe I still didn't describe what I'm trying to ask. In the two versions I linked to whats the difference between those two items specifically, I already know about Home Premium in particular.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 01:13 AM

Let's try it another way, what specifically do you want to know? If you define this well enough for us to understand what you are looking for, we can provide you with an answer.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 05:21 AM

The cheaper one is an OEM version..........

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"This OEM Software is the same Software Product as its retail boxed counterpart, but is available at a substantial savings compared to the retail boxed product. However, this OEM Software does not include technical support or other manufacturer assistance, and was intended for purchase and use by system integrators or other experienced users, who do not require technical assistance or other support. If you are not an experienced user we recommend you purchase the retail boxed version of this software, which does include manufacturer technical assistance and support. Once this software packaging has been opened the product is not returnable. If there is a possibility that you will need technical help in the installation of this software, we recommend you purchase the retail boxed version."

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:09 PM

So is the OEM is the same software just without technical support then? I've bought OEM hard drives but never software so I didn't really know what the difference was. As anyone had any trouble with the OEM versions?

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:48 PM

There are several versions of the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. OEM stands for "Original Equipment Manufacturer," and these versions are sold to computer system builders like Dell or Gateway. These versions have a few limitations like support and licensing. OEM versions are tied to the original computer the operating system is installed on, so you cannot use it on another machine. Retail versions of Windows XP are fully supported, and you can install it on any machine. You can detect an OEM version of Windows XP by viewing the packaging or the hologram on the installation CD.

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