win7 install confusion

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  1. gking

    gking New Member

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    I am thoroughly confused as to which copies of win 7 i need. I have a new build desktop running the rc copy of 7, 2 laptops and a netbook also running the rc and a server which all my computers are connected to. I need to know what i need specifically for the new build which has run the rc copy from the outset and the netbook which came with ubunto. I'm pretty sure i can go back to Vista and use the upgrade for the 2 laptops but can i use the os copy for the new build even though it already has an operating system on it?
    I would appreciate any advice.
     
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    Digerati Fantastic Member
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    I think you are thorougly confused, as I am, because you are trying to handle all the computers as a group, instead of one at a time.

    Every computer needs a UNIQUE official license for Windows. Win7 RC will begin its expiration process Mar 1 and terminate June 1 so you might as well start buying licenses now, or roll back to Vista on those machinces you have a legal Vista license.

    Your Netbook came with Ubunto - use that, or buy a new Windows 7 license.

    What OS copy for the new build? A new build needs a new license of Windows.
     
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    The oes copy for new builds. I saw it on Tiger direct for a cheaper price than the regular copies of win7. Can i use that even though i have the evaluation copy already running on the new build? Is there a difference between the one for builders and regular.
     
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    From what i've read i think i can reinstall Vista from the discs that came with the laptops and just upgrade from there with 2 new copies of win7 since the upgrade copies are less expensive. Is this correct? I'm trying not to have to spend a lot of money to get win7 on all the computers. Thanks for your help.
     
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    That's true.

    The copy for new builds can be used if it was purchased for that computer. If it was purchased for, and installed on another computer, you need to buy a new copy.

    Not in the program, but in the licensing. A builders (or OEM) copy of Windows is purchased to be installed on a computer being built. It is not transferable to another computer, and cannot be carried over to a motherboard upgrade either. The "regular" license, or "retail" version can be transfered to a new computer (or motherboard upgrade) as long as it is removed from the old computer and only installed on one computer. An upgrade can only be used when upgrading a "retail" version. The exception is recent machines with Vista that came with a Win7 upgrade option.
     
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    Gotcha. Thanks so much for your help.
     
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    Good luck. Note on Mar 1, if still using the RC version, you will be forced to reboot every 2 hours. Then June 1, the RC version shuts down. The expectation is you will be so fed up with the required reboots that you will purchase a legal copy before June.
     
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    Thanks, just ordered the OES version after reading your post and will revert to Vista on the laptops this weekend. The netbook will have to wait since I hated Ubuntu and am unwilling to pay the full price for Windows 7 for it.
     

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