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Which version of Windows 7 should I buy?

by steelerluvr / September 25, 2009 2:11 PM PDT

I'm currently running Vista Home Premium 64 bit. Which Winodws 7 version would be the right purchase, the Home Premium or the Ultimate? What are the differences between the two? I'm confused about some products advertised as "upgrades." For instance, there's Home Premium Upgrade for $119, Home Premium Full for $199, Ultimate Upgrade for $219 and Ultimate Full for $319. What? Aren't they all "upgrades?" What exactly determines an upgrade? What is the difference between upgrade and full? As you can see by reading this, I really need some direction. If I want the Ultimate, wouldn't it make sense for me to purchase the Ultimate Upgrade for $219? What determines whether you would purchase an "Upgrade" or "Full" version? Anybody? Thanks.

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The difference between full and upgrade is you must have a
by orlbuckeye / September 25, 2009 11:41 PM PDT

previous version on windows to use the upgrade. What version you want will depend how you want to use it. Home Premium will not allow you to run XP mode for compatablity with older applications. XP mode will run in Windows 7 professional and Windows 7 Ultimate.

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Upgrade of Full Version
by steelerluvr / September 26, 2009 12:59 AM PDT

Thanks for the response. Still a little confused. Right now I have Windows Vista Home Premium 64. What I understand from reading your reply is that the "Upgrade" versions will not upgrade Vista to Windows 7 and that I'll have to purchase the "Full" version of which one I decide to use, the Home Premium or the Ultimate. Is this correct? Thanks.

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You can upgrade Vista to Windows 7.
by orlbuckeye / September 27, 2009 12:18 AM PDT

Any MS OS before Vista requires a clean install. Vista is the only one you can upgrade. It you have Vista Home Premium you can upgrade to Windows 7 - Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate. I went from Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate. Upgrading does take alot longer as mine took around 3 hours.

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Thanks for the reply!
by steelerluvr / September 27, 2009 5:48 AM PDT

So if I'm reading this right, I can buy the Windows 7 Ultimate "Upgrade" version rather than the Windows 7 Ultimate "Full" version? I think there's a considerable difference in price, so of course I would rather purchase the "Upgrade" version. Who would need to purchase the "Full" version? Any help on what the differences are between the "Home Premium" and the "Ultimate" is? As you can probably tell, I'm not really sure about what to do, so I really appreciate your help! Thanks! Charlene

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Windows 7 version comparison
by Jonmor68 / September 27, 2009 6:36 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for the reply!
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Windows 7 Ultimate differences between professional
by orlbuckeye / September 28, 2009 1:45 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for the reply!

are it has bitlocker to protect data against loss or theft and it allows you to switch languages. Professional is the next level and it has XP mode, easy network setup connections to domains and does full system backups and restores compared to Home Premium.

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two issues
by porsche10x / November 9, 2009 4:54 AM PST

Regarding: "...Vista is the only one you can upgrade..." That's not really true.

There are really two issues here, licensing and installation. As far as licensing goes, both Vista and XP qualify for the lower-priced upgrade version.

As for installation, you can upgrade your Vista machine to W7. In theory, all your settings will be remembered, your data will still be there, and you wouldn't have to reinstall your applications.

You're still allowed to upgrade an XP machine to W7 using the cheaper upgrade version, but you have to do a clean install, no in-place upgrade. you'd have to install all your applications again, back up and restore all your data, etc.

If you had something older, say, windows95 (or didn't own any windows version), then you would not be allowed to upgrade at all. You'd have to buy the full retail version.

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versions
by jeff_windows_team / September 28, 2009 2:29 AM PDT

I think you have the upgrade vs full questions ironed out, but if you don't feel free to ask more questions. Bottom line is that since you have Vista you can purchase the less expensive "upgrade" versions of Windows 7 instead of the more expensive "full" versions.

What do you primarily use your computer for and are there any older programs that you need running? You sounded pretty sold on Ultimate but you may be paying for features you don't need.

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Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade 64 vs. Ultimate 64
by steelerluvr / September 28, 2009 1:24 PM PDT
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Hey. thanks for the help. I do understand now that I only have to purchase the upgrade version. Nice! I have a HP Touch Smart 804t running Windows Vista Home Premium 64. I don't need the extra language support that Ultimate offers, I really just want the upgrade to do what my Vista Home Premium does....only better. I think your suggestion is a good one. I think I'll take your advice and save myself $100. Christmas is coming after all! Seriously, thanks for your response.

Sincerely,

Charlene

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woohoo
by jeff_windows_team / September 29, 2009 3:59 AM PDT

Glad I could help. How much RAM do you have in your Touch Smart?

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What does this excatly mean?
by anguschinkle / October 3, 2009 12:50 AM PDT

I am presently running Windows Vista Ultimate and came accross this little tidbit of information and was wondering what will actually be omitted if I load Windows 7 Ultimate:(Ultimate Extras, introduced but quite limited in Windows Vista, have been eliminated from the Ultimate edition).

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