Windows 7 Retail Boxes Start Arriving in Preparation for Launch Day

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daveny5

I'm ready for Win7. I skipped Vista after my wife had a less than excellent experience with Vista (and of course I was the technical support). Its working OK now, but there were times I wanted to throw it in the garbage can. 

I use my computer for recording music using Cakewalk Sonar, I use Sony Vegas for video editing and Adobe Photoshop Elements for editing photos. I spend a lot of time optimizing and protecting my computer.  

So here's my plan: I bought a 500GB D: drive that I have cleared off to make room for installing Win7. I plan to keep my current C: drive until all my applications have been reinstalled on the Win7 drive. This way I can boot from C: to have my current environment and boot from D: to work on Win7. When everything has been movd to the Win7 environment, then I'll reformat the C: drive and use it as an additional drive.

I know I'm playing it safe, but these days you can't be too careful!

By the way, I'm planning to install the 64bit version of Win7. So that will add to the complexity.  

 

 

 

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smeeIT

I've got a free copy of Home Premium coming my way from Dell.

(since I bought the Studio XPS 13 between certain dates)

But I'd like to buy Pro or Ultimate. I am THOUROUGHLY Impressed with W7 and have no doubts about it.

I've never been this excited about a new OS to be honest.

Even just the RC version (which I'm currently running) made me decide to switch from OSX.

 

I can't wait. :)

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dmcnic

I am planning on getting a whole new system capable of handling Windows 7 as close to the launch date as possible. When can I expect a suggested hardware guide from Maximum PC?

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Gigabyte

I paid $269 for TechNet, and downloaded Winodws 7 Ultimate (64bit)  2 months ago. I put Office 2007 on all my systems and have the rest of the software and keys too.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx

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dracx619

msft giving me a free copy of pro and i can fortunately still use my student discount to get home premium for my laptop

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paschal

And the point of you braggart, chest beating post is ............?

 

We should all go apply for a job there?

 

Ask us to be happy for you?

 

People are talking about mainstream discounts etc they are trying to get Somehow I do not think that getting a job where you work would be considered mainstream. I am sure that everyone is happy with the price you were able to secure, but it is not an action result item that amounts to much. Had you stated as a BTW if you work for X, please be aware that you product cost could be X, that would make some sort of sense. I have had regret on a few I wish I could have pulled back, and may be the same in your case.

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COMMANDER_COOK

He only registered september 28. He probably doesn't know that we read all about it a while ago...

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vhernandez2005

...I work for Geek Squad and I qualified to take a couple of tests on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Microsoft Office Home and Student....and I passed them all with an A+ and all I had to pay was for shipping, handling and insurance.

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JonnyNYK

are you talking about the "Tests" that you take to be in Geek Squad? The ones that MaximumPC reported on a couple months back that a monkey could pass? Geeks from Geek Squad don't know jack and attempt to hose regular people out of money. Now that you've switched OS's, it's time to switch jobs. And I don't mean to the position of "Apple Genius".

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WFUJay

GREAT!  I've been running a fully activated copy of Windows 7 RTM for over a month now and didn't pay a dime for it, so not only did you have to take tests, you payed $10.73 more than I did.

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nekollx

 so who wants to tell him about the dead man timer?

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COMMANDER_COOK

Good for you........

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paschal

OK folks, what I am concerned with is the upgrade process which even MaxPc at last check is still a bit foggy on some issues, but I really do not expect them to have all of the answers at this juncture in time.

If I have to repartition a drive to basicly put xp or vista in a corner of a drive in its own partition to do an install, OK well I have plenty of drive space to spare with a TB boot drive, and I can squeeze that partition down to 50 or sixty gigs as a holding tank, and then I have it all backed up to my Windows Home Server, and if my WHS does not get trashed which is always possible. The idea is to keep the old OS installed going by the info available, if I have to do a win7 reintall fresh...now then there is the other hot rumor that the old os when it is deected will have its license key destroyed when I use an upgrade edition........This would and should be a MS coffin nail if the rumor bears out...but they are smarter than that....I hope.

I feel pretty confident that MS is keeping a lot of this information quiet to prevent exploits that their security folks will work on until release date and that to me is logical. However for the end result, as Max PC has stated, do not make it harder to upgrade for paying customers than to pirates. More than anything, more than anything, more than anything, more than anything.......do not punish me if my hard drive crashes or my motherboard blows up, or my power supply fries my motherboard, or anything that happens beyond my control to prevent me from getting a system up and running again just because I bought upgrade editions for my household. There is no doubt that MS made a great price point for millions of pre-order copies of something so many of us bought in blind faith that they would be fair in the upgrade process.

They also produced a product that works and feels incredibly good to operate.

I have totally enjoyed running both the beta and the RC7 and am more than pleased with the way it runs. I have also spent a great deal of time and some expense with the x64 version to insure compatibility with everything that I want to run, going so far as buying an interface from the UK to insure 64 bit compatibility with radio controllers. So, like many people out there, I am more than ready for Win7 x64.

So with October 22 being so close to the 31st, I am hoping that Freddie, Jason, Michael Myers, and the rest of their comrades do not jump out of that box at the end of the month that so many of us have invested so many pre release dollars into.

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damicatz

At a minimum, I would require the professional edition for domain support. I am not seeing anything that would justify spending an outrageous $200/$300 to "upgrade". Not when I can can just use Linux/BSD for free complete with domain support.

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aldude505

I've been running Windows 7 Pro for about a month now, I got it through my college's computer engineering MSDNAA account. It's pretty solid, I have had no problems with it, other than a few very fixable compatability issues, which were easily fixed by the XP mode. It blows Vista and, dare I say it, XP away. If you are planning on doing a simple upgrade though, please make sure you back up your drivers as I had a video card driver go astray from my upgrade. Other than that its real simple and I'm planning on getting the retail copy for my other computer on Oct 22!

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maniacm0nk3y

Where do I find out if my school has MSDNAA and where are their Student Discounts for Windows 7? If I can't get it dirt cheap through school I will just buy the OEM sometime in the future. 

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COMMANDER_COOK

You'd probably know if you were in MSDNAA. I am, but my college hasn't enabled it yet. You should go to windows7.digitalriver.com to jump on that $30 deal.

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maniacm0nk3y

Is Home Premium enough for me? They have 64/32 bit on the same disc: correct? Lastly, I just play games, watch movies and go online. I would be going from Vista Ultimate to 7 Premium. It's an update version. How does that work for me?

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COMMANDER_COOK

You'll have to choose the 64 bit version. The key will work with both, though. Click the link up top to view maxpc's upgrade guide to see which edition is best for you.

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maniacm0nk3y

I have Vista 64 bit full. They are giving a deal on an Upgrade Edition. I heard there are no cheats and if you have Ultimate you're screwed. Is this true.

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COMMANDER_COOK

No, just buy the upgrade.

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maniacm0nk3y

I have been reading a bit. Let me get this straight: 

With the upgrade edition- when I install, all I need is the Vista dvd to validate that I have a previous version?

It's OEM, too. Will that ruin it for me? 

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COMMANDER_COOK

No it just has to have an installed and activated copy of vista, xp, or 7 RC or RTM.

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maniacm0nk3y

Screw that. The update process is worth ****, rarely works and I like to be clean. I don't care if it's $30. It's Home Premium anyways. I would at least want Professional.

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whitehat2009

Tech retailer based in Chicago, eh? I bet my ass it's CompUSA/TigerDirect.

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Sovereign

I can't believe there's actually a Help and Support entry on opening a Windows Vista box!  ROFL.  I've had 7 since beta and am running MSDN-AA code now.  Nothing has shown up that would send me back to Vista.  I intend to run 7 until 8 arrives.

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nhskier4life

I got picked to host one of the Windows 7 Launch parties. I just got the tracking number for the party pack. It should be here on the 7th. Hopefully I can install it right away. I've been running 7 since the RC was released. All of my games and peripherals work perfectly.

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thefuzz4

I can't wait to get my back although I've already got the RTM installed so I might just shelf the one I get for now.

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maniacm0nk3y

The only reason I would be upgrading from Vista Ultimate x64 is because HL2 BSoDs on me every single time I quit the game. It doesn't work in 64-bit, so I have to put it to 32-bit. I could use the XP Virtual Machine and install HL2 on there....maybe that would work. Other then that....I am perfectly fine with Vista. No problems at all. I never really bought into the "Vista is crap" crap. I followed it's timeline and bought a copy from a friend 2 years ago. XP was actually giving me more problems then Vista was. 

 I might wait and buy it or just forget about it. 

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Sovereign

Windows XP Mode is NOT for gaming!  It is for business applications only, ones which require very little, if any graphical acceleration.  I had trouble playing video files in VLC Media Player for crying out loud!

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sammyd253

Pre ordered, and will be installing Windows 7 Home Premium as soon as I get my hands on my copy.

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