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Old 06-01-2011, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I wouldn't call it greedy. It's good business.
It's a different PC you SHOULD have a different disc. I hate MS pricing strategy but I can't fault them for making you install a different copy on each PC.
At least with MS Office you can install that on 3 PC's.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Pomona
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No need for second copy - you just need to buy the more suitable edition instead:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack GFC-00236 B&H Photo (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/645759-REG/Microsoft_GFC_00236_Windows_7_Home_Premium.html - broken link)

(The Family Pack is licensed for 3 computers).
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:41 AM
 
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No need for second copy - you just need to buy the more suitable edition instead:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack GFC-00236 B&H Photo (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/645759-REG/Microsoft_GFC_00236_Windows_7_Home_Premium.html - broken link)

(The Family Pack is licensed for 3 computers).
Its a great deal when its available but it has disappeared a couple of times since Win7 was first released.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:48 AM
 
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If you have Vista just get an upgrade, not a full version, it'll be cheaper.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Northeast NE
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OK, one more question. I also have a lap top with Vista. Can I use the same windows 7 install disk on it that I use on my PC or do I have to buy yet another install disk for the lap top? I know microsoft can be a bit greedy about that sort of thing.

Greedy? By expecting you to pay for something they sell.
Shame on them.

As for the OEM support question.

If you use the OEM version from newegg or where ever and
do everything perfectly, no mistakes.
You still have to activate it.

If you are putting W7 on a machine that was already licensed for XP or Vista the upgrade price is about the same as the OEM version.
Oh no for some reason it won't activate!!! (Rare but does happen)

You then have to call MS support line and when they discover you have an
OEM version they will tell you to call them, which is you.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:13 AM
 
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Greedy? By expecting you to pay for something they sell.
Shame on them.

As for the OEM support question.

If you use the OEM version from newegg or where ever and
do everything perfectly, no mistakes.
You still have to activate it.

If you are putting W7 on a machine that was already licensed for XP or Vista the upgrade price is about the same as the OEM version.
Oh no for some reason it won't activate!!! (Rare but does happen)

You then have to call MS support line and when they discover you have an
OEM version they will tell you to call them, which is you.
I've installed (and reinstalled) OEM Windows on probably thousands of machines and never had it not activate. There were some that wouldn't activate online back when they first did WGA in XP but those activated with the automated telephone system just fine. For the same price an an upgrade version (not counting the 3 pack deal above) I'd rather have the OEM version and know I can install it on a clean drive without having to jump through any hoops.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:19 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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If you have Vista just get an upgrade, not a full version, it'll be cheaper.
See EC's comment. You don't want an upgrade version. Should you ever need to reinsall, you would need to install Vista and then upgrade again.

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You then have to call MS support line and when they discover you have an
OEM version they will tell you to call them, which is you.
I've never seen this problem come up.

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<snip> For the same price an an upgrade version (not counting the 3 pack deal above) I'd rather have the OEM version and know I can install it on a clean drive without having to jump through any hoops.
Agreed. Having to reinstall an upgrade version is a real pain.
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Old 06-01-2011, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Northeast NE
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Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media



http://www.winsupersite.com/article/...-upgrade-media
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Old 06-01-2011, 04:45 PM
 
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Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media



http://www.winsupersite.com/article/...-upgrade-media
This works
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:40 PM
 
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No need for second copy - you just need to buy the more suitable edition instead:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Family Pack GFC-00236 B&H Photo (http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/645759-REG/Microsoft_GFC_00236_Windows_7_Home_Premium.html - broken link)

(The Family Pack is licensed for 3 computers).
Great idea! I will look into that.
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