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Windows 7 Purchase
I want to purchase Windows 7 for a laptop computer I've been given as a gift. I've verified that it's plenty powerful enough to run it, has a 64-bit processor, and I do want a legitimate copy so I can update it.

When I shop I get confused. There's the professional version and there's the home version. There's also the "System Builder (OEM)" flavor of the home edition.

Can anyone help me sort this out?

One deal I found is from Side Micro for $72.
WINDOWS 7 PROFESSIONAL SP1 64-BIT FULL VERSION ,DELL

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06-04-2014 04:16 PM
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RE: Windows 7 Purchase
the Pro versiuon is only needed for businesses (i.e. ability to join a domain controller). just get the home version. if all you find is Pro, take it. it will work fine for you. the system builder is just another licensing variant.
06-04-2014 10:15 PM
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What he said. All you need is Home edition.

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RE: Windows 7 Purchase
(06-04-2014 10:22 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote:  What he said. All you need is Home edition.



You two get to play with the copy of Zorin yet ? I Know SS thinks its cool .Cool Home should be just fine unless your using it for business stuff , unless you can get Pro for around the same price . Have fun Guys !

06-05-2014 12:07 PM
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RE: Windows 7 Purchase
I've played with Zorin and I like it. Recently installed Lubuntu on that older Inspiron 1501 and it runs slower than Zorin on the D620.

The only thing I can find that's less expensive than the 64-bit Win 7 pro is the 32-bit version of same, and it's only a few dollars less.

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The home version in 64 bit will run nicely and it gives you the headroom to up RAM capacity if you like. The 32 bit version is limited in amount of RAM. I loaded the 32 bit on an older Inspiron laptop (was running XP) and it runs fine, but I did not load Aero and a few of the other higher end elements that would have caused conflicts with the built in video.

Meanwhile I loaded the 64 bit version on my 7-year old home-built computer that was still running an e6300 chip and 4 GB RAM. I did replace the aging video card so I could handle Aero. I then replaced the chip with a P960 quad core and overclocked it a bit. Also upgraded RAM to 16 GB and stuck in a Caviar Black HD. It will run with the big dogs even though it is pushing through an aging chipset on the motherboard. Next and final upgrade to this platform is an SDD drive. I really like Win 7. It is the most robust OS that Micro$oft has ever built. Not yet sure about 8, and I'll move to 8.1 anyway, but that upgrade will probably come with a totally new build.
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Just be careful with a home version, I fell into this trap and when I wanted to install some software that was commercial grade ie business related that I wanted to be able to occasionally use at home it wouldn't work because of some incompatibility. Caveat Emptor. If the price difference is minimal and you can afford it, buy the best option always.
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(06-05-2014 04:31 PM)ThatOtherGuy Wrote:  Just be careful with a home version, I fell into this trap and when I wanted to install some software that was commercial grade ie business related that I wanted to be able to occasionally use at home it wouldn't work because of some incompatibility. Caveat Emptor. If the price difference is minimal and you can afford it, buy the best option always.

WIn 7 can be upgraded on the fly via the program itself with a simple download.
06-09-2014 03:04 PM
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(06-04-2014 04:16 PM)Sleepster Wrote:  I want to purchase Windows 7 for a laptop computer I've been given as a gift. I've verified that it's plenty powerful enough to run it, has a 64-bit processor, and I do want a legitimate copy so I can update it.

When I shop I get confused. There's the professional version and there's the home version. There's also the "System Builder (OEM)" flavor of the home edition.

. . .

If it were me, I would go for the 64-bit Professional version. The Home editions have traditionally been loaded with all kinds of "Consumer" junk and trialware, some of which can be difficult to remove, and may interfere with programs or products that you wish to use. 64-bit will give you more flexibility to operate with larger amounts of RAM. All 32-bit OSs are only able to operate with 3.6GB, and that is pushing it. The physical machinne may have more RAM, but a 32-bit OS will ignore anything above 3.6G because it cannot address or access it. Also, the software world is moving toward 64-bit, and eventually more and more applications will only run in 64-bit environments.

The other major thing that the Pro version has is an option to install and use XP Mode. This is not included in the original Win7 Pro install - it is a separate download and installation step. What it does is create a virtual machine containing a pre-activated copy of 32-bit Windows XP, in case you need to install and run some software that won't cooperate with Windows 7 or 64-bit environments. I have done this on my own machine, and I have a few applications that must be run in XP-mode. It is possible to install such an application in the XP Mode VM, and create an icon on the normal Win7 desktop that will automatically boot up the VM and launch the application when desired. The XP Mode feature was included to help persuade Corporate customers to migrate to Windows 7, as the Vista debacle was still fresh in their minds.

The System Builder version is not intended for individuals, but rather for people/organizations who are going to build computers, and then pre-load a copy of Windows 7 that will be setup to do the registration and activation steps when the their final customer boots it the first time.

Hope this helps.
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(06-09-2014 03:04 PM)glfredrick Wrote:  
(06-05-2014 04:31 PM)ThatOtherGuy Wrote:  Just be careful with a home version, I fell into this trap and when I wanted to install some software that was commercial grade ie business related that I wanted to be able to occasionally use at home it wouldn't work because of some incompatibility. Caveat Emptor. If the price difference is minimal and you can afford it, buy the best option always.

WIn 7 can be upgraded on the fly via the program itself with a simple download.
My system was XP at the time, must have been the crapulous home version because I wasn't able to upgrade it.
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