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Hello. Sorry for asking this stupid question but what exactly does windows 7 professional 64bit 3 pack offer? What is 3 pack?


Also, will this cd alone be enough to use windows 7 pro 64 bit on a brand new hdd without any upgrading from older versions? Just asking to make sure I won't need to do anything ahead first before I buy/install the os.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116992
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1. A 3-pack is exactly what it says... its 3 copies of Windows 7 in one pack (good for people that build systems for side cash).

2. Yes, that is a full install disc, not an upgrade disc. FWIW - not sure if there's much gain from going with professional (unless you've already researched and need whatever it offers). I've never found myself without what I need using Home Premium.

Hope that all helps!
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Hello. Sorry for asking this stupid question but what exactly does windows 7 professional 64bit 3 pack offer? What is 3 pack?


Also, will this cd alone be enough to use windows 7 pro 64 bit on a brand new hdd without any upgrading from older versions? Just asking to make sure I won't need to do anything ahead first before I buy/install the os.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116992
This means you have 3 licenses (you can install on 3 different machines).

The one you linked to is an OEM version. In other words, it's the same one you would have pre-installed if you bought a ready-built. You will have no support from MS on this and you can only use it on one system. However, if you're building your own PC, it's the way to go. It is a full install.

Hope this helps,

Rich
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A 3 pack is exactly as it sounds you get 3 discs and 3 license keys.
The item you linked to is a full OEM version so it is complete not an upgrade.
The difference between retail and OEM is with OEM you have to pay for support from M$ if needed and with retail you get it for free. I have never needed their support in 19 years so I see no point in paying for retail version.
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Hello. Sorry for asking this stupid question but what exactly does windows 7 professional 64bit 3 pack offer? What is 3 pack?


Also, will this cd alone be enough to use windows 7 pro 64 bit on a brand new hdd without any upgrading from older versions? Just asking to make sure I won't need to do anything ahead first before I buy/install the os.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116992
Another issue of the OEM versions is that they are tied to the motherboard that it is installed on. If something happens to the motherboard, unless you replace it with the same exact model, you will have to purchase another copy of Windows 7.

This is the reason that retail versions are more expensive. You will always have a legit copy of Windows that you can install on one rig, but no matter what hardware changes you make, you will always be able to reinstall it.
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Another issue of the OEM versions is that they are tied to the motherboard that it is installed on. If something happens to the motherboard, unless you replace it with the same exact model, you will have to purchase another copy of Windows 7.

This is the reason that retail versions are more expensive. You will always have a legit copy of Windows that you can install on one rig, but no matter what hardware changes you make, you will always be able to reinstall it.
No, you don't have to buy a new copy. All you have to do is call to receive a new key. I've done it umpteen times.
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Thanks for the replies.

With this OEM, will it be able to update to SP 2 if it does happen to be released later? Also, what would be a wiser decision for my first build PC? Going with OEM or full retail price at $265 before tax. If my mobo does happen to fail within 1-3 months then I'm pretty much screwed into having to buy another OS which will almost be at the cost of retail price.

Is there really a big difference between home and professional? I'm new to win7 and never really used it before so I wouldn't know. I'm building my first pc as for gaming so which would be the way to go?
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Thanks for the replies.

With this OEM, will it be able to update to SP 2 if it does happen to be released later? Also, what would be a wiser decision for my first build PC? Going with OEM or full retail price at $265 before tax. If my mobo does happen to fail within 1-3 months then I'm pretty much screwed into having to buy another OS which will almost be at the cost of retail price.

Is there really a big difference between home and professional? I'm new to win7 and never really used it before so I wouldn't know. I'm building my first pc as for gaming so which would be the way to go?
Yes, you can download and install updates just like any other version of Windows.

I purchased the OEM version. I have no need for tech support. If you do, there are plenty of resources online to help you with any problems you might encounter.

If you have to replace your MB, you can install from the same disk. The only difference is that you will have to call MS to activate it (explain that it's the same PC, just new parts). As stated above, there should be no problem with doing this.

For the differences between Home, Professional, and Ultimate, see here. This is also a good site to learn a lot about Windows (You'll learn more about computers here at OCN though ).

Hope this gets you pointed in the right direction,

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