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Win vista (32 bit) to Win 7 (64 bit)

by phoenixmale / April 21, 2013 11:46 PM PDT

hi there i wonder if someone can help me im wanting to upgrade my laptops OS from win vista 32 bit to Win 7 64 bit mainly because of win 7 operating performance over vista and to enhance my usage of ram by going 64 bit as im a regular gamer. now im gonna do a clean install so it wipes everything and keep a copy of everything on my HD so my OS should be super fast when i start using it again and wanna know if theres a difference of me purchasing OEM or Retail verson of win 7 64 bit.

also the price im paying is £129.99 from pcworld if anyone knows of a better deal would they let me know cheers.

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So far the difference is in a few places.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 22, 2013 12:02 AM PDT

1. The retail version has some support. The OEM version essentially has none. Some need that.
2. License differs from one to the other in that the OEM is only good for the machine you install on and might not re-activate on the next PC. There is some debate about that but it's right there in the license.
Bob

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Before you spend any money
by Jimmy Greystone / April 22, 2013 12:48 AM PDT

Before you spend any money, you should know that Windows 7 is essentially a warmed over Vista. If you ever used Windows 2000, the comparison to XP would be very apt. They slapped a fresh coat of paint on, made a few minor tweaks, and sold it as a new OS.

There are several legitimate reasons why you may wish to upgrade from Vista, but if performance gains are your primary thing, I wouldn't bother, because pretty much everything you witness will be only in your head. Also, without 64-bit software and more than 4GB of RAM your gains from running a 64-bit OS will be minimal.

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