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Now I know it may seem like a redundant question, but I've always been running XP since forever. I'm starting to get annoyed by how susceptible my system seems to be (most recently with some virus that I can't seem to detect), and wondering if this reformat is a good opportunity to upgrade.

So, would I be better off paying the ridiculous amount for the OS disk? Is there a significant difference between Home, professional, and ultimate? How about 32 vs 64 bit? What's the difference between buying an OEM disk and a 'retail copy' (aside from price)? Do they both allow me to reformat when needed?

Thanks, any and all info is much appreciated.
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For sure worth it. Much faster IMO, more secure, and better with games. Especially with SP1 coming out officially in a week or two. Home premium is fine for 99% of people, unless you need the "business" aspects of pro or ultimate. Need 64bit to truly utilize all your memory, as 4gb is max for 32bit system. OEM just means you got it for less than retail, and don't call Microsoft for support issues.
    
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No point in going 32 bit in this point in time.
Besides, you'll actually be able to use that last ~.75 GB of RAM..
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Seeing as you have 4GBs of RAM, 64bit is the only way to go. Sure, there are more benefits to running in 64bit, but being able to use more RAM is the most noticeable one.

You'll be fine With Windows 7 Home Premium, and if you don't mind your license being limited to one computer, then go with OEM. OCN is all you need for free software and hardware support.
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Get Home Premium. Don't get Pro unless you need to be able to host Remote Desktop and join a domain, or if you use/need more than 16 GB of RAM. Also, unless you need to be able to run 16-bit installers for games from the 90's, get 64-bit otherwise you're limited to ~3 GB of RAM. Always get OEM because it's about half-price compared to Retail. The difference is Retail contains both 32 and 64-bit versions while OEM is one or the other. Also, the license key for OEM is supposed to stay with the motherboard while a Retail key can be transferred to another computer, but if you want to use your OEM license elsewhere you can call Microsoft and they'll usually transfer it for you.

Home Premium is typically $99 and Pro is typically $139 OEM (versions). There is absolutely no reason to get Ultimate, period.
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Actually, if you need to run 16-bit games and programs, just run it in a virtual machine running a 16-bit compatible OS. Easy as that.
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Thanks guys, saves me a few headaches. I recall the home/professional/ultimate debate from when w7 came out, and people were leaning for ultimate. Obviously it seems to be overkill as I have no need for it.

I take is there is a noticeable speed and/or support difference if I come from XP?
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Originally Posted by BenRK View Post
Actually, if you need to run 16-bit games and programs, just run it in a virtual machine running a 16-bit compatible OS. Easy as that.
I'm thinking specifically of Quake III Arena, which me and some friends occasionally play. It won't run in a virtual machine (last I knew, maybe VM technology's a lot better than a couple years ago) and technically it should run just fine on a 64-bit OS but it still uses a 16-bit InstallShield wizard so you can't actually install it.

Otherwise yeah, use DOSBox or a VM running Windows XP/98.

I forgot to mention that. Windows 7 Professional comes with a fully licensed Windows XP Professional instance which you can transfer over to a decent VM system like VirtualBox or VMWare. You might even be able to use the key to install XP natively but I haven't tried that.
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When I went from XP to 7, my computer felt a whole lot more... snappier. It booted faster, everything. It will feel like a whole new machine again.
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It won't run in a virtual machine (last I knew, maybe VM technology's a lot better than a couple years ago) and technically it should run just fine on a 64-bit OS but it still uses a 16-bit InstallShield wizard so you can't actually install it.
I got Oblivion to run easily in VMWare. They've been using DirectX acceleration for a little bit now, so gaming in a virtual machine shouldn't be a problem.
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