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Old 02-05-2014, 08:31 PM
 
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I have the original Windows XP CD and license.

What i planned to do is purchase Windows 7 (64 bit).
Save everything I want to keep (programs, files etc) on an External Hard Drive.
Install Windows 7 on my PC.
Install additional RAM. Then upload all that I saved back to the PC again.

I will not be upgrading because I want the entire new version of Windows 7 to replace the existing Windows XP I have.

It seems the only way to do the other way is by taking my PC to a shop and have them use their Windows 7 disk to "upgrade" my computer and then give me the License ID info.
What they charge for their time and labor doesn't really make it cheaper in the long run. Plus I will not have a CD in my possession to do a reinstall if I ever wanted to (like buying a PC off the retail shelf, no install CD)



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Old 02-05-2014, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Upgrade - Can only be installed if you own a previous version of Windows (usually going back 2-3 versions). Also, the Upgrade licence is permanently tied to the old version of Windows. So you're only allowed to install the new version of Windows on another computer if you're allowed to install the old version on a new computer as well (usually not the case when Windows came with the computer).

Full - Can be installed without owning a previous version of Windows. The advantage of Full is that you can install it on another computer at another time. This is typically more expensive... but Windows pricing has been competitive recently.
All the reputable sites only carry Full OEM. So who at this point carries Upgrade 7?

And since the OP has to format anyway, why doesn't the OP just go straight to Win 7 Professional 64-bit?


To the OP:
What is the model number of your motherboard?

Also keep in mind that some/most of your software titles will not be compatible with Windows 7.
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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I have the original Windows XP CD and license.

What i planned to do is purchase Windows 7 (64 bit).
Save everything I want to keep (programs, files etc) on an External Hard Drive.
Install Windows 7 on my PC.
Install additional RAM. Then upload all that I saved back to the PC again.

I will not be upgrading because I want the entire new version of Windows 7 to replace the existing Windows XP I have.

It seems the only way to do the other way is by taking my PC to a shop and have them use their Windows 7 disk to "upgrade" my computer and then give me the License ID info.
What they charge for their time and labor doesn't really make it cheaper in the long run. Plus I will not have a CD in my possession to do a reinstall if I ever wanted to (like buying a PC off the retail shelf, no install CD)



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By the time to add in RAM, Video card (your RAM number basically states you have on board video) New OS (wanting Win7) and Labor you might as well replace it. Go to walmart.com at it'll be well under $600 to do so and get a computer with all of its CDs and 8GB of RAM.

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Old 02-05-2014, 10:28 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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What's the make/model of the PC -- or what CPU are you running?
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Old 02-05-2014, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Sarasota FL
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I made the big mistake of purchasing an 'upgrade'. Installed it and couldn't believe the problems.
Ended up buying a new computer.
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:01 AM
 
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I made the big mistake of purchasing an 'upgrade'. Installed it and couldn't believe the problems.
Ended up buying a new computer.
I made the wise decision to purchase 5 Win 7 'upgrade' licenses for the 5 pcs on the network at my business -- replacing XP. It all went very well and all 5 PCs have been rock solid and brisker . I would not have OEM licenses and have to plead with MS the first time I upgraded processor or MB.

I don't know what problems you experienced or why, but I don't think your experience is a valid argument against upgrade.

Don in Austin
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Old 02-06-2014, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Wandering.
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I made the wise decision to purchase 5 Win 7 'upgrade' licenses for the 5 pcs on the network at my business -- replacing XP. It all went very well and all 5 PCs have been rock solid and brisker . I would not have OEM licenses and have to plead with MS the first time I upgraded processor or MB.

I don't know what problems you experienced or why, but I don't think your experience is a valid argument against upgrade.

Don in Austin
I have 5 or 6 OEM licenses and have never had to Plead with anyone to move my licenses to completely new builds, or re-license machines when hardware changed.

If you do it too many times in quick succession, you may have to call an automated line and punch in some numbers to get it to transfer, but that's no different than a full retail, or upgrade license.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I made the big mistake of purchasing an 'upgrade'. Installed it and couldn't believe the problems.
Ended up buying a new computer.
Did you know that you can do a clean install with an upgrade disk? The OP can buy the Upgrade version and use it to do a clean (full) installation. He just needs to back up data he wants to keep before doing it. I upgraded three old PCs to Win 7 that way. One had XP, and the other two had Vista.

One other thing. Before he goes through with it, he should get copies of Windows 7, or Vista drivers for all of his hardware if the Win 7 Version of the drivers is not available, and copy them to a CD to use to install them after the "upgrade".

Microsoft had an upgrade advisor program that checked your computer to see if it would work. I don't know if that's still available, or if it's on the Windows 7 CD.
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:18 AM
 
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I have 5 or 6 OEM licenses and have never had to Plead with anyone to move my licenses to completely new builds, or re-license machines when hardware changed.

If you do it too many times in quick succession, you may have to call an automated line and punch in some numbers to get it to transfer, but that's no different than a full retail, or upgrade license.
Good to know. I have heard different stories even including refusal to accept a MB upgrade. In any case, the upgrade editions were only $100/license for Home Premium. There were no features on Pro that I could anticipate ever using.

Don in Austin
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Old 02-06-2014, 10:22 AM
 
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I've also never had problems using a license after an upgrade. Even when you have to call MS there is no pleading. They never question it.
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