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# 43767 22-Oct-2009 06:46
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hi all,
im wondering what windows 7 should i get. My laptop has the specs to run any version of windows 7 in 64bit mode , which is good :)
current OS : windows vista home premium   X.X
im after the most basic version of vista, just want faster loading and so on. none of that fancy media center stuff.
so do i get windows 7 upgrade? or the full one? or what...
im lost.
thanks




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  # 265948 22-Oct-2009 08:40
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I've got home premium too, none of that fancy media centre stuff? but it's soooo pretty!!! haha :)

Um, the only one without the Media Centre app is apparently Windows Starter edition and that's not available for purchase yet(only with a Netbook at the moment)

Next best bet is Windows 7 Premium 64bit, $199 at Computer lounge :)
http://www.computerlounge.co.nz/components/componentview.asp?partid=10410

It does say OEM, so they might require you to purchase something small(maybe an extra bit of ram, dvd-rom drive) I usually purchase mine with more ram, can never have too much Ram.

Just bear in mind, that the Upgrade option included with all Full/Upgrade editions apparently takes a long long time........and I'd say the best option is to:
- save all your documents to an external
- copy your prog files to an external or at least a screen shot, so you know what programs you have
- clean install :) 30min-1 hour max




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  # 265976 22-Oct-2009 09:47
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Oh and also, according to the MS website. All upgrade versions have the option for a full install :) it'll probably be like Vista/XP before it with Upgrades, it'll ask you to authenticate an old disc, in XPs case it was 98, in Vistas case it was XP then it'll go through and perform the clean full install




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  # 265980 22-Oct-2009 10:04
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With the absurd NZ pricing from DSE/NL etc. and the fact that the RC works until March I'm in no hurry. I refuse to pay more than the US-equivalent price and want the family 3-pack too.

Microsoft NZ fits the national status quo well by totally missing out on exploiting the hype surrounding the release and not offering internet sales on their website with attractive pricing.

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  # 266070 22-Oct-2009 13:08
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vinnieg: I've got home premium too, none of that fancy media centre stuff? but it's soooo pretty!!! haha :)



When I see comments like this I start to worry if that's the only reason that people upgrade. Eye candy..  I saw recently a forum that was discussing W8 and the main requests for for more eye candy..




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  # 266173 22-Oct-2009 19:11
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All retail versions include Media Centre - so just get the Home Premium Upgrade as that has all the features most people (including lower-end power users).
To upgrade (from my experience), you have to run the Win 7 installer in Vista (it complains if you try to upgrade from a CD boot), then select upgrade - that is how it knows you can upgrade it.



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  # 266182 22-Oct-2009 19:46
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it'll ask you to authenticate an old disc, in XPs case it was 98, in Vistas case it was XP then it'll go through and perform the clean full install .
what do you mean by this? cause i dont have any vista CDs, it came already installed.
yea i agree the pricing is a bit steep.
the family pack would be ideal, but sadly we dont have :o




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  # 266186 22-Oct-2009 19:57
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Anyone know if there are going to be legitimate trial versions available to be downloadable by the general public soon?

 
 
 
 




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  # 266189 22-Oct-2009 20:02
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there already was one that lasts until march.
but its no longer available for download




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  # 266195 22-Oct-2009 20:15
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Does anyone know if there's a cheap version for students available in NZ? I heard a while back that there would be a version of windows 7 the same price of snow leopard. If it's only around $60 I'd probably get it.


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  # 266197 22-Oct-2009 20:18
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$60 for a whole operating system?
gosh... thatd be the day




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  # 266199 22-Oct-2009 20:22
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b0untypure1: there already was one that lasts until march.
but its no longer available for download


Yeah got that one but it's not the final release obviously and it's Ultimate version. Would like to be able to trial Home Premium and Professional just to check features (back-up, remote access etc). Ideally installing a trial early next year and being able to re-arm it a few times would be niceLaughing

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  # 266201 22-Oct-2009 20:25
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Yeah I rekon, Microsoft said this about a month ago.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10355710-56.html

And yeah.. $60 dollars for a whole operating system? Snow Leopard. It would be nice if Microsoft would do this deal for poor struggling uni students at least.


Just found out it was $30 US for students if they pre-ordered, and I think only in the US and Europe. Ah well.



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  # 266208 22-Oct-2009 20:47
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ill probably wait for them to come on trademe :)




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  # 266219 22-Oct-2009 21:53
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If you take a computer science paper at atleast canterbury uni maybe others you can get it for free from ELMS - windows 7 pro





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