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 Post subject: Your Super Windows 7 Upgrade thread.
PostPosted: Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:36 am 
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Post em here.

See a few links to relevant threads here:

Windows 7 Editions / SKUs
http://www.pcworld.com/article/158861/w ... sions.html
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Windows 7 Starter Edition
The Starter Edition (SE) is mainly aimed at emerging market and netbook users. With SE, customers will be able to run only three applications at the same time but will benefit from user interface (UI) improvements such as the new taskbar and JumpLists. Also, users will be able to join a Home Group (to share media files over a local network).

Windows 7 Home Basic
The Home Basic Edition (HB) is basically the equivalent of Vista's Media Center edition and will allow the use of unlimited applications at the same time, while bringing further UI enhancements such as live thumbnail previews and 'enhanced visual experience.' Additionally, HB enables advanced networking support like Internet connection sharing (including over wireless) and provides the Mobility Center (power management for laptops).

Windows 7 Home Premium
The Home Premium (HP) version will bring all the visual goodies of Windows 7 like the Aero Glass UI and the advanced window navigation. Besides touchscreen implementations (handwriting recognition, multitouch), the Home Premium edition also brings improved media format support and enhancements to Windows Media Center and media streaming.

Windows 7 Professional
The Professional edition of Windows 7 brings along more security and networking features like the Encrypting File System, advanced network backup and joining managed networks with Domain Join. Also, the Pro version supports location-aware printing.

Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate
Whether you're a home user or a business, the Enterprise and Ultimate editions (probably differentiated by price in the end) will bring a similar set of advanced features like bitLocker data protection for internal and external drives, DirectAccess for corporate networking based on Windows Server 2008 R2, and will lock unauthorized software from running with AppLocker.


Which one is right for you?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/wind ... e-editions

Will my hardware work?
Hardware compatibility thread started with the Public Beta Release:
viewtopic.php?t=87872

Will my software work?
Software compatibility thread started with the Public Beta Release:
viewtopic.php?t=87871


2011-04-26 - Added link to FAQ, Removed sticky status. - CT


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 4:02 pm 
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Continued from here:

http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=95085


Is the Win7 upgrade worth it for me?

Machine1:
Currently my main desktop machine, being used for everything from browsing to gaming to CAD to movies and music. This machine will be turned into a media file server in the next few months as my new machine takes over every day desktop duties.
AMD 64 3700+, A8NSLI, 2g DDR, 2x 6600gt's, XP Pro

Should I consider a Win7 build for this machine as a media file server with these specs?



Machine2:
The new desktop, currently not in use as I am playing with Ubuntu triple boot on it. This machine will take over the duties of machine 1, with the addition of 2 more monitors being added for a total of 4. This is built on an i7 920 and will be used very heavily and needs to be as stable as possible. This machine will most likely never be overclocked as I have to rely on it for classes.
i7 920, MSI mobo, 6g DD3 corsair dominator, Sapphire 4870

Would Win7 be worth is for this machine as an everyday computer?



Machine3:
HP dv6000 series laptop. A little over a year old, this is used for everyday note taking in class, along with some light gaming and light cad work. It basically serves as my desktop extension for when I am on campus and in class.
C2D proc, 4g DDR2, Nvidia 8400gm.

Would Win7 be worth it for this machine?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 7:03 pm 
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The answer to all of that is... depends.

What does it have now? What needs are (or aren't) being met?

Windows Media Center in Windows 7 is omgsex. Especially because you don't require 3rd party streaming to get media to your xbox anymore. Looking at this which is linked above you would be fine with Home Premium I bet. However if you think any of the applications you run require XP (and don't require 3D acceleration, because currently it isn't supported in VPC) then you need to step up to Win7 Pro for XP Mode.

Honestly, I am not really sure how to answer other than saying "it depends". You really haven't said anything that leads me to believe that you need to do anything. I would tell you to go for it. I love Win7 and I think it is exactly what MS needed to do with Windows.

Win7 is more enjoyable and (IMO at least) much faster than Vista or XP. Battery life is also supposed to be better. With all but actually empirically measuring it I have noticed an improvement on my laptop using the RC release.


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 Post subject: Re: Your Super Windows 7 Upgrade thread.
PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2009 11:49 am 
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CrashTECH wrote:
Post em here.

[*]Clean install from 7 Upgrade?
http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=95011[/list]


the original question in this thread never gets answered, it spirals off into a totally different topic after the 2nd post.

this thread would help me out a lot if it was on topic, i'm getting the student discount win7 from digital river and it says "windows 7 upgrade", im pretty sure i can do a clean install but i would just like some confirmation.


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I still can't get the DVD to boot up on my rig. D: I don't have a big enough Thumb drive for the .iso either.


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Dwood15 wrote:
I still can't get the DVD to boot up on my rig. D: I don't have a big enough Thumb drive for the .iso either.


What is your computer? DVD drive specs? I assume you can boot to other DVDs yeah?


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:57 am 
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I'm pretty sure you can still run an upgrade on Windows7 RC without any other copy of Windows (to show you have at one time actually purchased a copy of Windows).

The catch is it will automatically perform a clean install of Windows 7 and move your old files and installation into a separate folder. If you ever want to reinstall Windows7 again after the RC has expired in June 2010 you will need to come up with, install, and activate another copy of XP or Vista to perform the upgrade again.

This is good news for people who built a computer and installed RC in order to avoid the cost of an OS for a while (MaximumPC).


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quick question. I have about 5 laptops and 2 desktops. All of them have XP, do I need to purchase individual Win7 OS software for all of my machine? Or I can use an upgrade/full version disk and do a clean install. How about product key/licensing?

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ptrickgts wrote:
quick question. I have about 5 laptops and 2 desktops. All of them have XP, do I need to purchase individual Win7 OS software for all of my machine? Or I can use an upgrade/full version disk and do a clean install. How about product key/licensing?

Pat


Yes, you need to purchase a separate license for each of the computers.

As far as using one disk on all the computers, that's fine. You buy the license, not the disk.

You might think about going going with the Windows 7 Family Pack. Considering you have 7 machines, you would need to go with two. For the last machine, just pick up a regular copy of Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional.


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hackman2007 wrote:
ptrickgts wrote:
quick question. I have about 5 laptops and 2 desktops. All of them have XP, do I need to purchase individual Win7 OS software for all of my machine? Or I can use an upgrade/full version disk and do a clean install. How about product key/licensing?

Pat


Yes, you need to purchase a separate license for each of the computers.

As far as using one disk on all the computers, that's fine. You buy the license, not the disk.

You might think about going going with the Windows 7 Family Pack. Considering you have 7 machines, you would need to go with two. For the last machine, just pick up a regular copy of Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional.


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Same on Amazon but they say they're just temporarily out of stock and you can still order


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:05 am 
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Attention everybody... please stop confusing "Clean" upgrade from XP with a format. If you just do the custom install, let the Win 7 set up move your Xp install to Windows.Old you will be FINE.

No need for hacks or anything else.

Don't try to upgrade when you don't own a previous version of Windows. That is exactly the kind of behavior that causes MS to put in things like this to make it more difficult to install Windows.

The only time you should use any hack for installing Win7 is if you bought a retail copy of XP or Vista and are building a NEW PC.

Otherwise just upgrade normally and delete the Windows.Old when you are confident things are working properly.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 11:53 am 
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MS has some good tutorials:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/wind ... -windows-7

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/wind ... -windows-7


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I just got a netbook with windows 7 starter. I also have a Windows 7 home premium family pack set. How the heck do you load an OS on a netbook from a disc??


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Intel2AMD wrote:
I just got a netbook with windows 7 starter. I also have a Windows 7 home premium family pack set. How the heck do you load an OS on a netbook from a disc??


There are two ways that I know of.

1. Use an external dvd drive.
2. Follow This Guide to make a bootable flash drive.


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Thanks. Is there any way to rip it from a windows install disc onto a thumb drive?


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I think I got it.


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yup, nevermind,,, I'm finding it nearly inpossible to do this from a USB drive,,,,,, what a pain in the ass.


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Intel2AMD wrote:
yup, nevermind,,, I'm finding it nearly inpossible to do this from a USB drive,,,,,, what a pain in the ass.


You are using a standard Windows 7 installation disk right?


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Windows 7 Upgrade disc.


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