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Solved: Implications of installing Windows 7 Ultimate

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Lulu01, Jun 20, 2010.

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  1. Lulu01

    Lulu01 Thread Starter

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    I would like to do a clean instal on my Dell Studio pc as I have had nothing but problems since I bought it with Vista Home Premium pre installed. I have decided to move to Windows 7.

    The cheapest option is to upgrade. I have run the Upgrade Advisor and been told that I can upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium or Ultimate. My husband is a mature student so I can get an education licence for Ultimate at £57.99. There is no education licence of Windows 7 Home Premium available so the cheapest is £98. That said, the functionality in Ultimate is way over the top for my needs.

    What are the implications of installing Ultimate as and when a new version of Windows or whatever comes out - am I always going to have to instal (and pay for) the top end version?

    I have considered biting the bullet now and buying the full version as I'm not sure of the complexity of performing a clean install with upgrades discs. Any thoughts anyone?

    Lulu
     
  2. mel8again

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    What model of Dell Studio do you have? I personally like to do a full clean install. I find a lot of people who do upgrades have problems afterwards. I built my present computer and installed Win 7 on it. I didn't have to put in any mobo drivers or drivers of any kind. Windows 7 picked up everything. Just incase though I would have the drivers for the video, sound, lan, etc. on hand. I think most machines running Vista will have the same drivers for Win 7. http://search.euro.dell.com/results...~srd=False&ipsys=False&advsrch=False&~ck=anav
     
  3. Lulu01

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    Thanks for your post, mel8again. I have a Studio 540. I was thinking of going for the full software, but it's almost twice the price of the education software.

    I'm just a bit concerned re having to upgrade to the 'top' level of software every time if I install Ultimate now.
     
  4. Elvandil

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    There is no reason why picking Ultimate now would lock you into always having to choose the "top" version. As mentioned, it is not a good idea to upgrade if a fresh installation is a possibility, so there would be no linking of future versions to what you pick now. Your manufacturer will almost certainly not offer any further upgrades to that machine in particular - it will be obsolete in a few months, anyway (according to the way manufacturers count time as new models are produced).
     
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    By the time Microsoft releases a new operating system, you'll need a new computer which will come with its own new Windows license.
     
  6. Lulu01

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    Good points, Elvandil and DoubleHelix - thanks. If I'm going for a clean install, would it make sense to just bite the bullet then and buy the full version rather than faff with the upgrade (albeit it at £40 more)>

    (Seems I posted in the wrong forum - sorry Moderator)
     
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    You don't need to pay for a full version when you clearly qualify for the upgrade license price. You shouldn't have any problems doing a "clean" install with the upgrade disk. You may have to call Microsoft to activate it, but I think that's a minor inconvenience given the cost savings.
     
  8. Lulu01

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    Thanks, DoubleHelix. Will go off and order it now!
     
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