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#1
You know W7 upgrade is not usually free, there is a administration charge of between £12 - £25. How do you know this is really free?
1 Like #2
^^ Has to be a "quialifying version" aka one with a voucher included for the free upgrade or you'll be paying the standard Windows 7 ypgrade price of like £60..

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/buy/offers/upgrade-option.aspx No mention of what the shipping and handling charges are, but I'd reckon on them being around the £10-£15 mark. Not a bad price, but OEM so not to be confussed with the madness back last spring which were Retail copies.
#3
This is strange as only the retail versions are supposed to be eligible for a free Win7 upgrade along with systems with Vista pre-installed!
There are no OEM upgrades so if this works you’ll get Vista OEM and Win7 OEM for £50 which is cheap. I recall that Microsoft were charging about £8 - £9 for postage and handling.
#4
Its DOTD on ebuyer front page.
#5
does it matter if its 64 bit? im pretty sure my system is 32, will it still work?
#6
fifeguy
does it matter if its 64 bit? im pretty sure my system is 32, will it still work?

If you don't have a 32 bit CPU it won't even install.
#7
fifeguy
does it matter if its 64 bit? im pretty sure my system is 32, will it still work?


It does matter and if your hardware isn't 64-bit then this won't work.
#8
does that mean its fine with 32 bit then?
#9
fifeguy
does it matter if its 64 bit? im pretty sure my system is 32, will it still work?


You would need to reformat. You couldn't just upgrade.

I bought Vista OEM from Ebuyer in June and got a free upgrade to windows7. I didn't have to pay any postage.
#10
fifeguy
does that mean its fine with 32 bit then?


32-bit is fine for most people. 64bit is better, and you should go for it if you can. What processor do you have?
#11
i have just bought a laptop with W7,
can i install it on my computer as well. i have vista on it at the moment ?
thankyou
#12
i always prefer proper full versions of windows....certainly with Vista you will be upgrading a dog t.....32bit+64bit retail one is £83 @ novatech
1 Like #13
royals
i always prefer proper full versions of windows....certainly with Vista you will be upgrading a dog t.....32bit+64bit retail one is £83 @ novatech


The upgrade DVDs have the same content as the retail ones, you can format and install a fresh Windows 7 from the upgrade DVD. Guides on how to do this online, saves you spending money for the retail!
banned#14
jane34
i have just bought a laptop with W7,
can i install it on my computer as well. i have vista on it at the moment ?
thankyou


No.

royals
i always prefer proper full versions of windows....certainly with Vista you will be upgrading a dog t.....32bit+64bit retail one is £83 @ novatech


Its extremely easy to fresh install with an upgrade version of Windows 7. I did it, took about an extra sixty seconds.
#15
Why is 64 bit better?
#16
I have no idea what processor it is, its an older machine, runs xp fine
#17
smokieUK
Why is 64 bit better?

65 bit is even better as it's 1 higher. When your system is struggling to play a game give it that extra bit to speed things up. :-D (Joke)

64 bit offers support for much more memory than Windows 32 bit and with 4GB you actually get to use it all when you may only be able to use 3 to 3.5GB with 32 bit. I think Home Premium is good for 16GB.
#18
fifeguy
I have no idea what processor it is, its an older machine, runs xp fine

If you download CPU-Z it will tell you what CPU you have and whether it supports 64 bit.
#19
MintMouse
I bought Vista OEM from Ebuyer in June and got a free upgrade to windows7. I didn't have to pay any postage.

How did you claim the Win7 Upgrade, did Vista come with a voucher?
What version of Win7 did you get, an OEM full or Retail Upgrade?
banned#20
Agharta
How did you claim the Win7 Upgrade, did Vista come with a voucher?
What version of Win7 did you get, an OEM full or Retail Upgrade?


There is such a thing as an OEM upgrade as well, which is what he would have received, at a guess.
#21
I have a serious question here, I recently built a new pc for my next door neighbours son, who is at 6th form college doing his AS levels. I told his mum to buy an upgrade disk confident that I could do a 'fresh' install on a new build. Imagine my surprise when the key they gave us (as I told them to buy an upgrade disk for 8 quid extra rather than just a download) was immediately said, it was invalid. When we phoned up the said company, they said you had to have vista preinstalled or the code would not work. Feel a bit miffed to be honest, as I told my neighbour to buy this version because everyone had said on here you can do a full fresh install. Anyone got any ideas of what to do next? I managed to finish the install but it's currently on the 30 days til it deactivates.
Sorry to hijack the thread, but this is relevant in a strange kinda way.
#22
Anarchist
There is such a thing as an OEM upgrade as well, which is what he would have received, at a guess.

The large OEMs tend to use BIOS locked discs for Windows including upgrades I suppose but I’ve never seen a non BIOS locked OEM upgrade, if that makes sense.
Have you seen such a thing yourself?
#23
madwelsh
I have a serious question here, I recently built a new pc for my next door neighbours son, who is at 6th form college doing his AS levels. I told his mum to buy an upgrade disk confident that I could do a 'fresh' install on a new build. Imagine my surprise when the key they gave us (as I told them to buy an upgrade disk for 8 quid extra rather than just a download) was immediately said, it was invalid. When we phoned up the said company, they said you had to have vista preinstalled or the code would not work. Feel a bit miffed to be honest, as I told my neighbour to buy this version because everyone had said on here you can do a full fresh install. Anyone got any ideas of what to do next? I managed to finish the install but it's currently on the 30 days til it deactivates.
Sorry to hijack the thread, but this is relevant in a strange kinda way.


http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/clean_install_upgrade_media.asp

There is the official way of installing Windows 7; was looking to buy an upgrade disk for a new computer build myself
#24
smokieUK
Why is 64 bit better?


It allows programs to reference more than just under 4Gb memory. If you don't have more than 4Gb memory in your machine and don't intend to expand the memory, then there is no point going for 64-bit.

With 4Gb or less, 32-bit is faster because memory addresses are half the size. Otherwise, everything would be on a billion bit! :)

AMO
#25
tubby20076
http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/clean_install_upgrade_media.asp

There is the official way of installing Windows 7; was looking to buy an upgrade disk for a new computer build myself


Ty for that, trying it as we speak, going for the double install method. I'll pop back later and let folk know how I got on.
banned#26
Agharta
The large OEMs tend to use BIOS locked discs for Windows including upgrades I suppose but I’ve never seen a non BIOS locked OEM upgrade, if that makes sense.
Have you seen such a thing yourself?


Yes

I have it installed on the PC I'm typing to you this very second on. Windows 7 ultimate 64bit, OEM upgrade, from Dell.

And this PC certainly isn't a Dell.
#27
AMO
It allows programs to reference more than just under 4Gb memory. If you don't have more than 4Gb memory in your machine and don't intend to expand the memory, then there is no point going for 64-bit.


How can you know if you 'intend to expand the memory'? Who could have predicted what amounts of ram we would be putting in machines when Windows XP came out?

Windows 7 will be around for a long time, I can't imagine why anyone would get the 32 bit version. Might as well just stick with Windows XP if you want a 32 bit OS.
#28
Anarchist
Yes, I have it installed on the PC I'm typing to you this very second on. Windows 7 ultimate 64bit, OEM upgrade, from Dell. And this PC certainly isn't a Dell.

Interesting. Did you need to enter a product key and activate it?
banned#29
dean_brfc
How can you know if you 'intend to expand the memory'? Who could have predicted what amounts of ram we would be putting in machines when Windows XP came out?

Windows 7 will be around for a long time, I can't imagine why anyone would get the 32 bit version. Might as well just stick with Windows XP if you want a 32 bit OS.


I agree, 64 bit support these days is pretty much commonplace. It's always been a struggle in the past to get drivers for everything - but these days almost all component manufacturers seem to have figured their game out and now supply these as standard.

Except for netbooks. 32bit only.
banned#30
Agharta
Interesting. Did you need to enter a product key and activate it?


Yep, it acted just like a regular retail upgrade disk. Installed, did the upgrade registry edit, activated it. Job done.
#31
Mattsip
The upgrade DVDs have the same content as the retail ones, you can format and install a fresh Windows 7 from the upgrade DVD. Guides on how to do this online, saves you spending money for the retail!


Thx for the info , I didn't know that.
I already have vista and will be looking for an upgrade only but with a fresh install of win7 - if thats available.
#32
Anarchist
Yep, it acted just like a regular retail upgrade disk. Installed, did the upgrade registry edit, activated it. Job done.

Cheers. It’ll be interesting to see what the upgrade that comes with this deal is. I’m guessing that the OEM Win7 Upgrade that you received had Dell branding on it? I still imagine that OEM upgrades are still for Tier 1 OEMs only and not for small system builders.
banned#33
Agharta
Cheers. It’ll be interesting to see what the upgrade that comes with this deal is. I’m guessing that the OEM Win7 Upgrade that you received had Dell branding on it? I still imagine that OEM upgrades are still for Tier 1 OEMs only and not for small system builders.


Yep, completely printed up as Dell.
#34
Just a quick follow up, used the double install method and can confirm the computer is now fully licensed. Big TY to Tubby :D. Guess mumbojumbo got the right forum name eh? Sorry couldn't resist!
#35
Agharta
If you download CPU-Z it will tell you what CPU you have and whether it supports 64 bit.


I did this and was wondering how would I know whether it supports 64 bit

Also would you know if this laptop that I bought the other day found here on HUKD would support it

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Presario-CQ61-225SA-Notebook-Pentium-Processor/dp/B002GYVMAK/ref=dp_return_1?ie=UTF8&n=560798&s=electronics#productPromotions
#36
jane34
i have just bought a laptop with W7,
can i install it on my computer as well. i have vista on it at the moment ?
thankyou


You bought a laptop with Windows 7 on it but installed Vista on it? What?
#37
Corporal_Curse
I did this and was wondering how would I know whether it supports 64 bit

If you look on the first page it shows details about the CPU.
What is the Name of the CPU?
In the Instructions section which should start with MMX, SSE etc does it say EM64T or x86-64? If it does you have a 64 bit CPU. :thumbsup:
#38
:)
jane34;7118060
i have just bought a laptop with W7,
can i install it (W7 from her lappy) on my computer (her desktop) as well. i have vista on it (the desktop) at the moment ?
thankyou


JustExtreme;7119742
You bought a laptop with Windows 7 on it but installed Vista on it? What?

Clearer now? ;-)
I would say not Jane (legally) as it's probably a one machine licence. Though taking it completely off your lappy and installing on the desktop may work. I'm not 100% sure on that though.
#39
madwelsh
Just a quick follow up, used the double install method and can confirm the computer is now fully licensed. Big TY to Tubby :D. Guess mumbojumbo got the right forum name eh? Sorry couldn't resist!


read that article and just too unsure about the validation...does the upgrade come with a serial or do you use the serial on your current win os?
#40
what's the best 64bit software to load once you've gone 64bit?

I currently have 32bit vista and it's rock solid, games also run faster than they did in XP.

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