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I have just upgraded my pc to the one in my sig. I had a cyberpower pc before this one and have just kept vista 32 bit. that came with the computer on the hard drive. I am wanting to upgrade to windows 7 and was wondering if I can use the upgrade version or if I would have to buy oem or retail versions.

From my reading this is what I have come up with:

OEM: is locked to the motherboard and can not upgrade the motherboard once it is installed. Some readings have even said that video card drivers cause some issues. I could just call Microsoft and get a new key if i did upgrade the motherboard, but according to the sticky that is actually illegal and I will not be doing that.

Retail: Can always reinstall it, even after upgrading the computer.

The upgrade one is the one that I need help to understand. Can I purchase the upgrade version and install it on my computer as is? I have a legit copy of Vista 32 bit from cyberpower.
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You could purchase the upgrade version and install windows 7 over your vista install. However, if you ever need to format, to my understanding you won't be able to use the "upgrade" disc. If you ever have any problems with formatting and switching out parts. Call microsoft and tell them you did so, and they'll give you a new key. They did this for me once when I had the upgrade disc for vista also, but I had to get an ISO of vista and burn it to a disc, or mount and install it.
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You can purchase the Windows 7 Upgrade. I've upgraded many OEM Windows Vista installations to Windows 7 this way.

Here's Microsoft's upgrade guide...

Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7
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Thanks guys. i am gonna get the home premium upgrade version then.

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