Today is the day that Windows 7 is officially launched (General Availability). You can probably find it at your local Wal-Mart or Best Buy. And you can get some pretty decent deals online as well.
Newegg is offering Home Premium for $99.00, Professional for $139.99 and Ultimate for $179.99. These are pretty decent rates for the product. But, you’ll have to act fast. These deals are only good for a limited time. Also, it should be noted that these are the OEM versions of Windows 7—not the retail versions. The main difference is that with an OEM version, it’s locked into the first computer that you install it on (where a retail version can be transferred to another computer). Also the OEM version comes with no support from Microsoft (as it’s intended for computer manufacturers or builders).
If you are considering the retail versions, then there are a couple of things that you need to be aware of.
- If you purchase a copy that says “Upgrade” on it, you need a valid Operating System on the computer that you’re upgrading. This locks the keys together so to speak. What this means is that you can’t transfer the original operating system to another computer (because it’s tied to the license for Windows 7).
- If you purchase a “Full” version of Windows 7, you can upgrade from another operating system, or do a clean installation. The main difference between this, and the upgrade version, is that you can then transfer the original operating system to another computer (if it’s not an OEM copy). This is also why the “Full” version is more expensive than the “Upgrade” version, and why they are both more expensive than the “OEM” version.
If you purchase an “Upgrade” or “Full” retail version, you will get both the 32-bit and 64-bit DVD’s in your box. However there are a couple of limitations that you need to be aware of.
- If you have a 32-bit processor, the obvious limitation that you can’t install the 64-bit version on there applies.
- You can only install one copy. So, if you install the 64-bit version on your main computer, you cannot install the 32-bit version on a second computer (without an additional license) or transfer that copy to someone else.
- Also, if you install the 32-bit version and later want to migrate to the 64-bit version, you can use Windows Easy Transfer to migrate your files and settings. HOWEVER, if you install the 64-bit version, and later decide that you want to go to the 32-bit, it won’t work. You will have to copy your files manually to another drive, and reinstall and reconfigure your settings.
Hopefully with this quick guide, you’ll find what you want. And I hope that you’ll enjoy Windows 7 as much as I do. I really liked Vista (although on one of my computers it didn’t run as well as expected), but I’ve upgraded completely to Windows 7 and won’t look back. It’s quite possibly one of the best Operating Systems that Microsoft has released. I won’t say it’s the best Operating System out there, because that’s a matter of preference and a matter of specific situations.
Have a great day:)