Buying Windows 7 64 bit


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Daniel Prince

I am planning to buy a new motherboard, CPU, memory and Windows 7,
64 bit. Do I have to buy the Windows 7 from the same vendor and the
motherboard at the same time?

If I can buy Windows 7 64 bit without buying a motherboard at the
same time, where can I get it at the best price? Thank you in
advance for all replies.
 
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Evan Platt

I am planning to buy a new motherboard, CPU, memory and Windows 7,
64 bit. Do I have to buy the Windows 7 from the same vendor and the
motherboard at the same time?
No.

If I can buy Windows 7 64 bit without buying a motherboard at the
same time, where can I get it at the best price? Thank you in
advance for all replies.
You'll need to do some shopping around, depends on who's having a sale
at the time. Costco generally offers a pretty good price.
 
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Wolf K

I am planning to buy a new motherboard, CPU, memory and Windows 7,
64 bit. Do I have to buy the Windows 7 from the same vendor and the
motherboard at the same time?
No.

If I can buy Windows 7 64 bit without buying a motherboard at the
same time, where can I get it at the best price? Thank you in
advance for all replies.
Individual copies of Win 7-64 are occasionally on sale at Staples,
Costco, etc, but in my experience the best bet is to buy a bundle.
Bundle prices are often a much better buy than sourcing from different
vendors. Once in a while, it's spectacular: I got an OEM Win7 Pro-64
with a 1TB internal drive for $120, which was in fact the price of the
drive. OEM versions are for anyone who builds systems, BTW: there's no
ethical and AFAIK no legal issue if you roll your own.

Have fun,
Wolf K.
 
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Ken Blake

I am planning to buy a new motherboard, CPU, memory and Windows 7,
64 bit. Do I have to buy the Windows 7 from the same vendor and the
motherboard at the same time?

No.


If I can buy Windows 7 64 bit without buying a motherboard at the
same time, where can I get it at the best price? Thank you in
advance for all replies.

I don't know about the "best" price, but there's a good Memorial day
sale at NewEgg--$118.99 for 64-bit Windows 7 Professional.


Go to
http://promotions.newegg.com/NEemai...-IGNEFL052212-_-EMC-052212-Index-_-E0-_-Enter

or http://tinyurl.com/cnrwwj5

and scroll about a third of the way down the page.
 
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Wolf K

The Licence states that you must have built the machine for sale to a
third party, and you have to install the OEM version with a OEM
Pre-installation Kit. AFAIK you can't install OEM Windows 7 without it.

http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/installation/downloads/Pages/windows_7_opk.aspx
Yes, that's what it says on the sleeve. According to the licence, it
looks like I'm an "assembler." I had no trouble installing and
activating the OS on this machine. I guess my left hand sold the system
to my right hand. Neither ever knows what the other is doing... ;-)

HTH,
Wolf K.
 
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John Price

Gordon said:
The Licence states that you must have built the machine for sale to a
third party, and you have to install the OEM version with a OEM
Pre-installation Kit. AFAIK you can't install OEM Windows 7 without
it.

http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/installation/downloads/Pages/windows_7
_opk.aspx
I bought an OEM version of Win 7 32 bit to install on one of my old
computers. Was able to do so without any pre-installation kit - it just
installed and activated fine.

JIP

--
 
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Ken Blake

Newegg has Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM for
$99.99.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

What advantages does the Professional version have over the Home
Premium? Do you think it is worth $19 more?

The difference is that Professional has some features that Home
Premium doesn't have. You can read about them here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions


Whether those features are worth $19 more depends upon your needs and
desires. You should decide for yourself. My opinion shouldn't count
for you.
 
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Mortimer

Ken Blake said:
The difference is that Professional has some features that Home
Premium doesn't have. You can read about them here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions


Whether those features are worth $19 more depends upon your needs and
desires. You should decide for yourself. My opinion shouldn't count
for you.
If it's like the difference between Home Premium and Pro versions of Vista,
then they are some things you *don't* get with Pro - like Windows Media
Centre.
 
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Daniel Prince

Mortimer said:
If it's like the difference between Home Premium and Pro versions of Vista,
then they are some things you *don't* get with Pro - like Windows Media
Centre.
If Windows 7 Pro does not come with Windows Media Center, can I
download it?
 
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Ken Blake

If Windows 7 Pro does not come with Windows Media Center, can I
download it?

Did you go to the web site I told you about? If you do, you will see
that *both* Home Premium and Professional come with Windows Media
Center.
 
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Wolf K

Newegg has Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM for
$99.99.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

What advantages does the Professional version have over the Home
Premium? Do you think it is worth $19 more?

I have Pro on this computer, my wife has Home Premium on her laptop, for
what we do there's no difference. I'd go by price. With both, you may
have to download additional MS freeware, such as Movie Maker (a nice
little program for basic movie editing.)

HTH,
Wolf K.
 
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R. C. White

Hi, Wolf.

Note that there is a difference between "Movie Maker" and "Windows Live
Movie Maker"! Each has some features that the other does not. You might
want to have both within easy reach.

C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Photo Gallery\MovieMaker.Exe
X:\Program Files\Movie Maker\moviemk.exe

My Drive C: has Win7 x64 Ultimate; the X: indicates the drive on which I
still have WinXP SP3 installed. WMM is WinXP vintage but it runs fine in
Win7 when I click on the .moviemk.exe file. WLMM is also a free download,
part of the Windows Live Essentials suite.

RC
--
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
(e-mail address removed)
Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
Windows Live Mail 2011 (Build 15.4.3555.0308) in Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1


"Wolf K" wrote in message
Newegg has Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM for
$99.99.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

What advantages does the Professional version have over the Home
Premium? Do you think it is worth $19 more?

I have Pro on this computer, my wife has Home Premium on her laptop, for
what we do there's no difference. I'd go by price. With both, you may
have to download additional MS freeware, such as Movie Maker (a nice
little program for basic movie editing.)

HTH,
Wolf K.
 
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...winston

You must be thinking of the upcoming changes for Windows 8 (regarding Media
Center availability)
Win7 Pro includes WMC.

--
....winston
msft mvp mail


"Mortimer" wrote in message

If it's like the difference between Home Premium and Pro versions of Vista,
then they are some things you *don't* get with Pro - like Windows Media
Centre.
 
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Ken Blake

In looking through your posts in this thread before, I managed to miss
that, but armed with the above info, my eyes started to work again :)

Thanks. And my apologies.

You're welcome and no problem. We all miss things now and then.
 
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Ken Blake

I have Pro on this computer, my wife has Home Premium on her laptop, for
what we do there's no difference. I'd go by price.


For many people, there is no difference. But for others there is. It
depends entirely on you and whether Professional's additional features
are important to you.

For you and your wife, going by price may have been the correct thing
to you, but that doesn't mean that it is for Daniel Prince.
 
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