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Hi Not that computer savvy so apologies! I have been given a laptop with no OS and want to install Windows 7 as it's a little older and i prefer this to Win 8 I have been looking on Amazon an… Read More
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2y, 11m agoPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
Hi

Not that computer savvy so apologies!

I have been given a laptop with no OS and want to install Windows 7 as it's a little older and i prefer this to Win 8

I have been looking on Amazon and am getting confused reading the reviews of 'OEM' which seems to be what i don't want - seems i need a 'retail' version

Also there are loads of Amazon reviews where people say they bought it from them and it stopped working after a month saying the licence key was used elsewhere so I want to be able to buy a legit copy to install on one laptop only.

Any ideas greatly appreicated
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2y, 11m agoPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
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You can safely buy the OEM version of Windows.

The OEM version is the full version of Windows that is supposed to be for "new builds" but I have bought and installed the OEM version of Windows on some of my older computers (one that came with Vista on it for example).

The only thing with the OEM version is that you cant do a Windows upgrade, it has to be "clean install" and will wipe everything off the disk.

But you said the disk has no OS on it, so the OEM version will be fine.

You should be able to get Windows 7 Home Premium OEM for between £70 and £75.

You may have trouble buying "Retail" version of 7 as Microsoft often stops selling Retail when a new version of Windows comes out.

p.s. The main difference between OEM and Retail is that OEM can only ever be used on one machine. Once it is installed on a particular machine it can never (legally) be moved to another machine.

However Retail can be first installed on one machine, but if you then decide to scrap that computer and buy another you can then install the Retail version on that new machine. But it can only ever be one ONE machine at any one time. However you do pay extra for that privilege.

Retail does come with some Microsoft support built in, but to be honest it is easy enough to get answers to Windows question from the internet without having to phone Microsoft.

Go for the OEM.

Here is Windows 7 Home premium OEM from ebuyer (not ebay, this is ebuyer a well known computer supplier)

http://www.ebuyer.com/259863-windows-7-home-premium-w-sp1-64bit-low-cost-packaging-gfc-02733



Edited By: guilbert53 on Jul 15, 2014 13:12: ham

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banned#1
Pc World ?
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leelee6781
Pc World ?

They only have Windows 8
#3
You can safely buy the OEM version of Windows.

The OEM version is the full version of Windows that is supposed to be for "new builds" but I have bought and installed the OEM version of Windows on some of my older computers (one that came with Vista on it for example).

The only thing with the OEM version is that you cant do a Windows upgrade, it has to be "clean install" and will wipe everything off the disk.

But you said the disk has no OS on it, so the OEM version will be fine.

You should be able to get Windows 7 Home Premium OEM for between £70 and £75.

You may have trouble buying "Retail" version of 7 as Microsoft often stops selling Retail when a new version of Windows comes out.

p.s. The main difference between OEM and Retail is that OEM can only ever be used on one machine. Once it is installed on a particular machine it can never (legally) be moved to another machine.

However Retail can be first installed on one machine, but if you then decide to scrap that computer and buy another you can then install the Retail version on that new machine. But it can only ever be one ONE machine at any one time. However you do pay extra for that privilege.

Retail does come with some Microsoft support built in, but to be honest it is easy enough to get answers to Windows question from the internet without having to phone Microsoft.

Go for the OEM.

Here is Windows 7 Home premium OEM from ebuyer (not ebay, this is ebuyer a well known computer supplier)

http://www.ebuyer.com/259863-windows-7-home-premium-w-sp1-64bit-low-cost-packaging-gfc-02733



Edited By: guilbert53 on Jul 15, 2014 13:12: ham
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guilbert53
You can safely buy the OEM version of Windows.

The OEM version is the full version of Windows that is supposed to be for "new builds" but I have bought and installed the OEM version of Windows on some of my older computers (one that came with Vista on it for example).

The only thing with the OEM version is that you cant do a Windows upgrade, it has to be "clean install" and will wipe everything off the disk.

But you said the disk has no OS on it, so the OEM version will be fine.

You should be able to get Windows 7 Home Premium OEM for between £70 and £75.

You may have trouble buying "Retail" version of 7 as Microsoft often stops selling Retail when a new version of Windows comes out.

p.s. The main difference between OEM and Retail is that OEM can only ever be used on one machine. Once it is installed on a particular machine it can never (legally) be moved to another machine.

However Retail can be first installed on one machine, but if you then decide to scrap that computer and buy another you can then install the Retail version on that new machine. But it can only ever be one ONE machine at any one time. However you do pay extra for that privilege.

Retail does come with some Microsoft support built in, but to be honest it is easy enough to get answers to Windows question from the internet without having to phone Microsoft.

Go for the OEM.

Here is Windows 7 Home premium OEM from ebuyer (not ebay, this is ebuyer a well known computer supplier)

http://www.ebuyer.com/259863-windows-7-home-premium-w-sp1-64bit-low-cost-packaging-gfc-02733



That's fantastic - thanks for clearing that all up for me - OEM it is then!
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#8

I think i'll avoid Amazon - lots of dodgy reviews for the ones i was looking at on there
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WHY GET 7 ???? MICROPOOP ARE NOT SUPPORTING IT FROM EARLY NEXT YEAR....!!!!!!
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st8mike
WHY GET 7 ???? MICROPOOP ARE NOT SUPPORTING IT FROM EARLY NEXT YEAR....!!!!!!

That would be mainstream support.
They will be providing updates until the year 2020.
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st8mike
WHY GET 7 ???? MICROPOOP ARE NOT SUPPORTING IT FROM EARLY NEXT YEAR....!!!!!!

This laptop is going to be for basic stuff - downloading, watching bits and bobs - nothing too extravagant
#12
Remember you can download the free versions of Windows 7 from that site often linked from here .

x17-58996.iso -home premium 32bit
x17-58997.iso -home premium 64bit
x17-59463.iso - ultimate 32bit
x17-59183.iso -professional 32bit
x17-59465.iso -ultimate 64bit
x17-59186.iso -professional 64bit

The reason I suggest this , you can install a version and you dont have to put a serial key in at the install , you have three days to evaluate the OS . I've done this on some of my older PC's and laptops , just to see if they work after XP ,[ 32 bit though]

I have seen Windows 7 on some sites for about £50 .
#13
I would suggest installing Linux! It's free, legal and more secure than anything 'Redmond' releases!

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