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So I have an oem copy of vista on my current computer but I plan on essentially building a new one so i need a new copy of windows. What i am wondering though is do I need a full copy with a new license or can I upgrade and get a backup disc with it and use the backup disc to install windows 7 on the new computer? I don't know exactly how everything works with upgrading vs new vs oem, etc. Thanx
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I would have been asking this in a few months so yes... same question! although my copy is a 'business' version... not sure if that would throw a wrench into things or not.

but please answer Voyager4300 before mine since this is his thread ;P
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I would go with the oem full install.Only $99 at newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116986

Slahtr,what is your question? I would go with with oem business version $139 at Newegg.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116989


As for upgrading vs oem,it's the same thing except for 1.the oem is cheaper, and 2. you are tech support on the oem version.If something doesn't work,it's up to you to fix it.
Edited by Fishinfan - 10/2/11 at 10:56am
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Unfortunately upgrade keys still keep the "key type" so if you upgrade from OEM vista you will have OEM 7 AFAIK.
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Slahtr,what is your question?
sorry... my question was basically I am using a business pack of Vista for my home pc... so is there a way of turning my business vista into a home 7?
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sorry... my question was basically I am using a business pack of Vista for my home pc... so is there a way of turning my business vista into a home 7?

I assume that because of the "key" stated earlier, you would most certainly need to purchase the Home 7 DVD (Windows 7 Home Edition).
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You can only upgrade to the version of 7 that matches vista. If you want a different version you must purchase the full version. Or you can do what we did in Geek Squad for people who had XP to 7 upgrades.

Purchase the upgrade version of 7 (any version). Do a clean install. DO NOT ACTIVATE OR ENTER YOUR KEY YET. After you install install the OS, run the disc again inside windows and choose upgrade. Then after it upgrades, you can now activate.

So basically do a clean install of 7, and then do an upgrade of 7. This is the approved MS way of doing upgrades from an XP license. It does not require any information. It's also a good way to save a few dollars just a bit more of a hassle. Remember, you are choosing to do this method on your own and no one is responsible but your self. With OEM you do not get tech support from MS other than if your key does not activate in the future due to too many activations
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Cheapest is to use the $30 upgrade media and use the double install method, or the other methods in this man's post.

http://www.overclock.net/windows/108...l#post14526085
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So I have an oem copy of vista on my current computer but I plan on essentially building a new one so i need a new copy of windows. What i am wondering though is do I need a full copy with a new license or can I upgrade and get a backup disc with it and use the backup disc to install windows 7 on the new computer? I don't know exactly how everything works with upgrading vs new vs oem, etc. Thanx
You can buy the cheap upgrade version of Windows 7 and do a clean install: http://www.winsupersite.com/article/...-upgrade-media

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Originally Posted by Slahtr View Post
sorry... my question was basically I am using a business pack of Vista for my home pc... so is there a way of turning my business vista into a home 7?
You'll need to do a clean install of Windows 7. THe upgrade path for Windows Vista bussiness, especially if you're talking about a straight upgrade wherein you would retain your files and programs in Vista when going up to Windows 7 is Windows Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate.
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