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post #21 of 26
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In my opinion unless you have two processors or more than 16 gb ram home premium is enough for windows 7.
But it seems like the general opinion is to get 8. Save yourself 100 bucks.

I don't have the retail version of W7 at this time, and I'm having issues with my existing W7 (professional) copy where it keeps rebooting. My brother also didn't install it properly because he's not familiar with the R4E (or any type of gaming rig), so I figure getting the retail version and installing it myself might help solve that problem.... I hope.
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Funny that I find this thread just an hour after I bought Windows 7 Ultimate from Frys. I had an inkling that the W7 Ultimate 64 bit is the most desireable version out there for most gamers and multimedia geeks, so that's what I went with. I literally have it sitting in my car right now, waiting for me to go home and install it.
But before I make the mistake of opening it, if you guys are saying that W8 is better, I'm open to suggestions like the OP too.

What we are saying is that Win 8 isn't a drawback for gaming - Win 7 is also just as good as it ever was - I recommend Win8 because I like progression and shiny things.

If you can swap Win7 for Win8 and get some cashback I would suggest you go that way - otherwise, it wont make a difference day to day and it isn't worth even worrying about.
post #23 of 26
I use Windows 8 and have no issues with it. I use Start8 to have my normal start menu back. But, I also use the Metro UI for Apps like Slacker. Kinda starting to like Metro.

It was time for me to do a re-installation, so I decided to move to 8. Then, I bought two SSD's and did another installation, very fast. I thought, "why put Windows 7 back on if I'm starting fresh?"

As for gaming, I see no difference from Windows 7 Ultimate. So, you have nothing to lose.

I suggest you shoot for Windows 8 Pro.
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post #24 of 26
I'm building tomorrow and have a retail copy of Windows 8 Pro from Staples. I'm worried I won't be able to install it on a new build because it is supposed to be an upgrade (despite not saying upgrade anywhere on the box).

Does anyone have any experience with installing retail copies of Win8 on new builds?

Do I have to provide it an existing license number from one of my other PCs, and if so, does it then void that PCs license? (I have a win7 laptop and an XP desktop that I'd prefer to leave as-is if possible.)
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I'm building tomorrow and have a retail copy of Windows 8 Pro from Staples. I'm worried I won't be able to install it on a new build because it is supposed to be an upgrade (despite not saying upgrade anywhere on the box).
Does anyone have any experience with installing retail copies of Win8 on new builds?
Do I have to provide it an existing license number from one of my other PCs, and if so, does it then void that PCs license? (I have a win7 laptop and an XP desktop that I'd prefer to leave as-is if possible.)


No need for an existing license.

This guide should be helpful:

* http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2299-clean-install-windows-8-a.html?filter[2]=Installation%20and%20Setup


If there's an issue with activation it will usually be it will usually be 0xc004f061. If that's the case, just follow OPTION 3 of this article: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html
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post #26 of 26
Looks like I stuck with the same W7 Pro, and didn't need to reinstall or upgrade after all. So there was definitely no need to keep W7 Ultimate. Sure I saved myself $200 bucks, but ended up buying other stuff anyway.
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