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I just found out that the windows 7 on my son's current machine is the oem version. That means I can't reuse it on the new build, correct? I'll be reusing the old hard drives, but that is all off the old machine. The new machine has the following:

I7 4770K
Asus Maximus Hero
Gskill Trident X 16gb 2400
EVGA 780 Superclocked 3g
Samsung SSD
WD Blue

My local store has the following OS available:

Windows 8.1 32/64 bit full version $119
Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit OEM $99
Win 7 Pro SP1 64 bit OEM $139
Win 8.1 64 bit OEM $99
Win 8.1 64 bit OEM $139

He said he likes win 7 because he heard 8 is not good for games. I've read mixed reviews on 8 and wonder what issues he would have with older games. This machine is for gaming and he is starting to play around with video editing. What do you guys recommend and why?

I told his mother he needed it for school, so he'll do school work as well. wink.gif
    
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I've had some issues running older games on Windows 8.1 so I'd go with Windows 7 for your son. It's stable and easy to use.
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If you don't have the disk and the license, then you can't reuse it.

I prefer win 7 but win 8 if good with the 'start is back' program, it operates just like win 7 but also has the metro screen which you can use to play lots of free apps on your pc, which could be cool for your son.

If you do go with win8 then I definitely think its worth the $3 for the start menu. You get to try it for free for a month too.
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I too would highly recommend start is back. It's excellent.
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Thanks guys. I do have the disc and key for the current machine. I thought I couldn't reuse it on the new machine. Is the license and product key the same thing or are they different?
    
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post #6 of 11
i would say windows 7
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Originally Posted by elwood13 View Post

Thanks guys. I do have the disc and key for the current machine. I thought I couldn't reuse it on the new machine. Is the license and product key the same thing or are they different?


If you install that copy of windows on the new machine, you'll probably have to use the automated phone system to get it activated. but you are only allowed to have it on one machine... so as long as you wont be using the same license of another machine, you should be fine. The automated phone activation will ask you how many computers you have it installed on. "One" is the only acceptable answer.

After installation, go to control panel/system
Click activate windows now (online)
it will fail.
You'll see options like buy a new license, some other option, and use the automated phone system to activate.
Edited by bob808 - 4/22/14 at 5:52pm
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post #8 of 11
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The other machine will be no longer in existence, so I'll give it a try. A guy at work said I could just plug in the old hard drive and win7 would work with all the new components. I always thought that you should do a clean install on a new machine. Is the clean install still the way to go?

Thanks again for your help.
    
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Originally Posted by elwood13 View Post

The other machine will be no longer in existence, so I'll give it a try. A guy at work said I could just plug in the old hard drive and win7 would work with all the new components. I always thought that you should do a clean install on a new machine. Is the clean install still the way to go?

Thanks again for your help.

I'd still do a clean install with that license key.
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Thanks. I'll let y'all know what happens on Saturday. Birthday build starts Friday night.
    
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