Windows 7 OEM

3 replies [Last post]
Timinator
Timinator's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/02/2001
Posts: 412

Hey Guys,

I was wondering if the OEM versions of Windows 7 allow you to upgrade from Vista, or are they purely fresh install?

And also, I read somewhere that the Retail Family Pack of Windows 7 allow you to do a fresh install instead of just upgrading like it says on the box.

Anyone have experience with these two?

Thanks

Tim

AMD 965 @ 3.8 / DFI Lanparty Jr. 790GX-M2RS / 4GB OCZ PC2-8500 Reaper / XFX 4890 XT
OCZ Vertex 2 60Gb / LG BluRay Combo Drive
ANTEC P180 mATX / OCZ Gamextreeme 600W
Logitech MX1100 / Samsung T260 25.5" LCD

Tiv
Tiv's picture
Offline
Joined: 08/12/2009
Posts: 3584

If you have Vista I'm almost sure it has the option to upgrade or clean install. For my Windows Xp to windows 7 upgrade I had to do a clean install, but maybe not 100% clean. I guess I'm trying to say that when I installed Windows 7 I didn't format the drive clean. Instead I left windows on the system and windows 7 moved it all to an windows.old folder and then it installed itself clean. Windows Vista to windows 7 should be able to keep all your programs and settings in place as best it can, but I highly recommend you do a clean install to avoid any unforeseen issues in the future.

I sleep fine at night knowing we are banning people who deserve it.  Tivon
Don't test my skills, I was trained by myself! Check out my Gaming Videos!

Razear
Razear's picture
Offline
Joined: 12/30/2008
Posts: 1120

Yes, you would be able to do an upgrade but a clean install is always recommended when installing a new OS because you would be transferring old junk and clutter. Make sure to back up all important data and preform a fresh install.

Timinator
Timinator's picture
Offline
Joined: 09/02/2001
Posts: 412

Thanks for the reply guys, for some reason the forum never emailed that there were responses.

For my own machine, I always start with a fresh install, but for this instance, its for a business that has 1 computer with Vista, 1 computer with XP and then a new computer that I am going to be building. So instead of buying 3 OEM copies I thought the best way would be the Family Pack before its completely gone for good. But I wasnt sure if you could do a clean install. And if it couldnt I would just buy 3 OEM copies, but wasnt sure if you could do an upgrade.

I am so glad that I only do computers as a hobby and not for a job, I would go insane.