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what version of windows 7 do i need??

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  • I just built a pc and have not even booted it up yet so i need to buy windows 7. but when i went to the store to buy i noticed that windows 7 home said that it was a upgrade in the upper left corner of the box.....so can i use that if not having any previous OS on the computer.

    if andy knows please let me know

    thanks

    Monday, February 08, 2010 12:35 AM

Answers

  • In your case, you need a full install version. To use an upgrade version you must have a qualifying OS already installed.
    • Proposed as answer by cdobbs Tuesday, February 09, 2010 3:22 PM
    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Friday, February 12, 2010 3:11 AM
    Monday, February 08, 2010 12:43 AM
  • Yes, I agree with OldHobo. When purchasing Windows 7, you can choose either an upgrade version or full version. Both upgrade and full versions include the same features. Upgrade versions require that Windows XP or Windows Vista are installed on your computer before installing Windows 7. Full versions don't require a previous version of Windows to be installed on your computer. Since your machine is without any previous Windows system installed, a full version is the correct one for you.

     

    Go to Windows 7's website and you will find more.

     

    Also, check this out: Upgrading to Windows 7: frequently asked questions.

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Friday, February 12, 2010 3:11 AM
    Tuesday, February 09, 2010 8:46 AM

All replies

  • In your case, you need a full install version. To use an upgrade version you must have a qualifying OS already installed.
    • Proposed as answer by cdobbs Tuesday, February 09, 2010 3:22 PM
    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Friday, February 12, 2010 3:11 AM
    Monday, February 08, 2010 12:43 AM
  • Yes, I agree with OldHobo. When purchasing Windows 7, you can choose either an upgrade version or full version. Both upgrade and full versions include the same features. Upgrade versions require that Windows XP or Windows Vista are installed on your computer before installing Windows 7. Full versions don't require a previous version of Windows to be installed on your computer. Since your machine is without any previous Windows system installed, a full version is the correct one for you.

     

    Go to Windows 7's website and you will find more.

     

    Also, check this out: Upgrading to Windows 7: frequently asked questions.

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Friday, February 12, 2010 3:11 AM
    Tuesday, February 09, 2010 8:46 AM
  • You can find an inernet shortcut that descibes how to install Upgrade as Full, which says Boot (F8 on start up depending on your PC) Install first pass New without providing key; reinstall within installed Windows OS as upgrade providing key. It is a hole left open for people likely in your position.
     
    If you are concerned about losing contacts, favorites, music, pictures, back them up to DVD or external
    for post install restore.

    Having paid for "Full" Windows 7 Home Premium on a computer that needs Pro Or Ultimate, to be able to make use of  2 processers/8 cores because the Microsoft Windows 7 comparitave description did not say that I would be buying an incompatible OS I believe it is only fair that everyone be aware of what is possible in the installation of their purchased OS. I shall have to buy upgrade to get the right OS in here
    and am not happy with the hit to my wallet.

    Tuesday, February 09, 2010 2:38 PM
  • You can find an inernet shortcut that descibes how to install Upgrade as Full, which says Boot (F8 on start up depending on your PC) Install first pass New without providing key; reinstall within installed Windows OS as upgrade providing key. It is a hole left open for people likely in your position.


    What you're proposing is a violation of Microsoft's Licensing Agreement though. Leading someone to a potential problem down the road isn't what you should be promoting.
    MCSE, MCSA, MCDST [If this post helps to resolve your issue, please click the "Mark as Answer" or "Helpful" button at the top of this message. By marking a post as Answered, or Helpful you help others find the answer faster.]
    Tuesday, February 09, 2010 3:24 PM