Found 15th Sep 2009
Hi guys,

I am hoping to buy a new mid-range spec PC shortly looking around the £400-£500 mark, I know a lot of companies at the moment are doing the 'Windows 7' upgrade to allow people to buy a PC today and then get a Windows 7 retail disc in the post once it is released.

I just wanted clarification if I bought a PC today i'd get Vista pre-installed with the Windows 7 disc in the post in a few weeks, however if I waited til after the release date would the PC come pre-installed with Windows 7 with a retail disc too (in case I need to reinstall at a later date)??

Does anyone know for certain, don't want to buy a machine until I am 100% certain about this.

Thanks in advance

p.s I apologise in advance if this is posted in the wrong section.

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No PC company (like Dell, Toshiba etc) sells a PC with a Windows Retail disk (or Windows OEM disk).

Microsoft stopped this a few years ago when people started using the "spare" disk to install Windows on another PC.

The only way you will get a "proper" Windows disk is to use a small local supplier who will buy the parts in and build it themselves. They will then give you the "proper" Windows OEM disk as part of the package.

If you buy a Dell, Toshiba etc all you are likely to get is either a "recovery" CD/DVD, or maybe recovery code on the hard disk, and you can make a recovery CD/DVD yourself.

This recovery DVD, or recovery area of the hard disk, will probably be a "pre packaged" version of Windows that will include all the drivers, extra programs and so on (tailored to reinstall on your PC), it WONT be the proper Windows disk you buy in the shops.
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but of course if you buy now you _will_ get a genuine copy on disc come end of october. so that might be motivation to buy it now. If you have a valid license code however it is perfectly legal for you to burn a copy of the install disc to use together with your code, in cases where you don't want to go back to the default setup with all the demos and crap included, or just don't want to sacrifice part of your hard drive for a recovery partition.

Try talking to a couple of the smaller, specialist companies, yoyotech, CCL etc. see what they can do for you, that's a pretty reasonable budget that could get you rather a lot of PC if you do it right, maybe don't mind a spot of overclocking. I reckon you could do a q6600 with maybe a 20% overclock,. 4gb ddr2, 1tb hdd, and a HD4850 graphics card for that price, with an entry level board and mid range PSU. and probably just squeeze in a 22" tft and a copy of 7 for about the £500 mark

[QUOTE=bruffterman;6298028]but of course if you buy now you _will_ get a genuine copy on disc come end of october. so that might be motivation to buy it now. If you have a valid license code however it is perfectly legal for you to burn a copy of the install disc to use together with your code, in cases where you don't want to go back to the default setup with all the demos and crap included, or just don't want to sacrifice part of your hard drive for a recovery partition.

This would suit me as i am wanting to get a laptop in the next few weeks...do you think most people would know how to update to Windows 7 and is it better to get a laptop with Vista or XP if you were going to do it this way.
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