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The discs are usually re-released with the SP updates after a while, so you may as well get it. It's literally nothing to ponder as the SP updates are just Windows updates you can download. They usually replace the older ones, so it "shouldn't" be more expensive (but typically they try and clear old inventory and offer slight discounts on the older ones, and if you don't mind spending time applying updates to save the few bucks, it's an option).

The real questions should be...

32-bit or 64-bit. I see little reason for going for 32-bit these days. It's one of those things you should only do if you know you "need" to. Otheriwse, go with 64-bit.

The other is Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate. Unless you "need" Ultimate, forget it, and really, the same goes for Professional, but since it's not much more expensive (typically), some just spring for it. It won't make your games run any better or worse though. Unless you need the extra networking stuff or the XP mode of Professional, you can go with Home Premium.

Also, OEM vs retail. I would go with retail. OEM is cheaper, but it's not by much, so retail pays for itself by not restricting your PC overhauls. OEM is meant for when every dollar counts and you're building a PC that will never have it's platform/core changed out.

Lastly, Full versus Upgrade. If you have a copy of Windows XP or Windows Vista, you may as well get the upgrade as it's often way cheaper.

So, in my opinion, unless you know you need anything different, the basic/default choice would be a retail upgrade copy of Windows 7 Home Premium, and go with 64-bit (if you get the retail version, you get a product key that works for 32-bit and 64-bit, and both discs anyway).

Windows 7 Professional: £85
Windows 7 Professional with SP1: £101

and Professional is the lowest the OP can get, quite a lot of old games (2008 or earlier) don't work properly in 7 without having compatibility mode on
    
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Then Im going with 64 bit because im having a descent computer.
wish it was way cheaper because its EXPENSIVE for me :'(
Thinking going with Pro x64 bit. thanks for the info guys.
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Windows 7 Professional: £85
Windows 7 Professional with SP1: £101

and Professional is the lowest the OP can get, quite a lot of old games (2008 or earlier) don't work properly in 7 without having compatibility mode on
As I said, sometimes the older versions are sold cheaper to move them out of inventory as they are obsolete, but Microsoft doesn't charge more MSRP for them.

Also, Windows 7 Home Premium has compatibility mode. What it doesn't have is Windows XP virtual mode, which is nothing but a VM with Windows XP in it. I haven't ever had a need for it either. I'm not sure why you say that "quite a lot" of games older than 2008 (!?) are problematic natively under Windows 7 as this is far from so. 2008!? Really!? You'd have to go back a lot further, and even then there's often a good chance it'll work. I've personally never found a need for it (some may though). The games I often have issues with were basically Windows 95/98 era ones that won't hardly like Windows XP much more than they do Windows 7, especially when it's on a 64-bit and/or dual core setup with newer hardware (half the time, that's the problem and not the OS), so the best solution there is often simply using an older PC.

Anyway, Windows 7 Professional is a fine choice too so I'm not arguing about that. It's often not much more expensive, but I was just saying that Windows 7 Home Premium is often fine as well unless you know you need the features of Professional.
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