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#1 dxgoalie

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 04:01 PM

im looking to upgrade my desktop from an xp to 7. system builders are very cheap which concerns me. What is the difference from a system builder and the regular version

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 04:39 PM

Hi
Ok basic difference is that the system builder (OEM) is supposed to be sold with hardware only.

Other differences.
1. Retail windows can be removed from one computer and put on another legally.
2 System builder is tied to the Motherboard and is not allowed to be moved by Microsoft. I have in the past had to call in on a OEM where the motherboard went and was discontinued to get them to activate with the new hardware.
3. System builder will not upgrade VISTA like the upgrade version will do, It will do a clean install always except that it will do a upgrade of itself if started from within windows. Sort of like a repair install. If you boot off of it, it will only do a clean install and will offer to move your old windows and users folders to a windows.old directory.

That is the main differences off of the top of my head.

So nothing wrong with the system builder version for a new computer, It is what I used.

One other thing you will have to reinstall all your software and settings when you go from XP to Windows 7 as they do not do upgrades that retain those things even the upgrade version will move your old windows and do a clean install.

Good Luck
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Edited by rotor123, 14 June 2012 - 04:47 PM.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 04:58 PM

Actually...if XP is on the system, you can just use the Upgrade version of Win 7 Home, rather than the System Builder version. More detailed info at following links:

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/default.aspx

Windows 7 Upgrade Guide All Your Questions Answered Maximum PC - http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/windows_7_upgrade_guide_all_your_questions_answered

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 05:34 PM

Louis You are right, I was focused on the question that was asked and missed the implied question. :thumbsup:

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 06:39 PM

:thumbsup: .

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