Vista To Windows 7 Upgrade, is it worth it?

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Vista To Windows 7 Upgrade, is it worth it?

I ask because I am trying to decide rather I want to buy windows 7 or upgrade my mobo and ram so that I can use DDR3,

Currently I'm running Vista 32bit version, so I'm leaning towards Windows 7 because I'd have a 64bit OS,

At the same time upgrading to DDR3 would be nice plus the new mobo I'm looking at would allow me to use Crossfire once I get a second video card.

I probably should get both but what one do I get first?

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I upgraded because I could get it from my school for $30. It is a great OS and I would highly recommend upgrading to it.

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Upgrade the hardware first, would be a easier transition that way.

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Yeah, go for the hardware upgrade first. Keep in mind that the next Windows OS will release next fall. Another thing you may want to do is buy an OEM copy of 7 instead of the retail version to save some cash.

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Yeah, I think I will buy the hardware first, it just means a little more waiting, there is about a $58 price difference but I had no clue that there is going to be a new windows OS next fall, I wonder how much vista upgrades go for these days.

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Windows 7 is the best OS released by M$ to date :)

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I also want to point out you can't upgrade from a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit, so when you upgrade vista you go from Vista 32 to Win 7 32 same goes for the version like Vista Home to Win7 Home. So if you want to go 64 bit you will have to buy the OEM disc of Win 7 64 and not the upgrade disc.

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Yup, uprading to Windows 7 from Vista is a no brainer! I gladly finely left Windows XP for Windows 7 and I loved that OS, everything I heard about Vista was just terrible so you should jump at it haha.

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Yeah, I'll go for it, though I don't quiet understand OEM, with OS software, I mean I get it that you can't transfer it to another pc but lets say you have to format your computer, does that mean you have to buy another oem of windows 7 64bit or is it like it checks to make sure that its only installed on one computer or?

Also, does the oem come with an actual CD, well DVD, or does it just give you a SN/key to windows 7 or?

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OEM stands for many things, is there a difference? not really besides the price but if it said OEM Compaq for example then its tailored and sold.

So if you were building a computer that you were selling you would use OEM because for one it keeps the cost down and 2 Microsoft does not have to provide support like Compaq or HP or even Gateway which they have their own support. If your wondering if you wont get support from MS, you still will get support for OS related issues.

These days OEM is for a customizer.

Yes OEM you get a serial and DVD nothing more, no manual no special box.

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hellblazer55 wrote:OEM stands for many things, is there a difference? not really besides the price but if it said OEM Compaq for example then its tailored and sold.

So if you were building a computer that you were selling you would use OEM because for one it keeps the cost down and 2 Microsoft does not have to provide support like Compaq or HP or even Gateway which they have their own support. If your wondering if you wont get support from MS, you still will get support for OS related issues.

These days OEM is for a customizer.

Yes OEM you get a serial and DVD nothing more, no manual no special box.

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Ah okay but if I install the OEM Windows 7 on my computer and later on need to format it for any reason, using the OEM Windows 7 dvd and key again, it'll install and work just find, in another words, with the oem windows 7 os, can I install it on the same computer more then once? I'm guessing yes but I kind of wanna make sure..

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Yes you can use the key more than once in the event of a reinstall.