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Windows 7 - possible scam - John C. Kirk

Feb. 26th, 2010

03:26 pm - Windows 7 - possible scam

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From:billyabbott
Date:February 26th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
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Do you really need the Ultimate Edition? From what I've heard anything above the regular home edition is a bit of a waste of money for the home user. I suspect you may have played with 7 more than I though (I'll hopefully be installing it on my Mac once I've got the Apple store to remove the CD I currently have stuck in it...)
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From:johnckirk
Date:February 26th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
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I run my own domain at home, so I need to use the Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate editions. (Home Premium is limited to a workgroup.) Enterprise is basically the same as Ultimate, but you can only buy it through volume licensing (that's what I use at work).

Using the Employee Purchase Program, the only edition of Windows that they offer is Ultimate. Looking on Amazon, it costs £150.24 to upgrade to the Professional edition, so the price difference is negligible.

I currently have the Ultimate edition of Vista, which I got free from Microsoft after I attended the launch event in 2006. Looking at Windows 7, I'm not sure whether I need any of the Ultimate features, but I'd like to play with BitLocker. (My motherboard at work doesn't have a TPM chip, so I can't try it there.)
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From:johnckirk
Date:February 27th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
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That's presumably cheaper because it's an OEM version. There's nothing wrong with that, and if I'm buying a new mobo at the same time then it would probably count as a legitimate purchase. It's too late for me to buy it (Amazon order is ready for dispatch and can't be changed), but that may be useful to someone else.

Edit: Oh, looking at it again, there is one difference - they're selling 32-bit and 64-bit versions separately, whereas the retail version includes both disks in the same pack. I'll stick with the 32-bit version for now, but I'd like to move to 64-bit later (once the driver/app support is there), so the OEM route would be more expensive if you have to buy the OS twice. Still, it's handy if you know that you'll be sticking with one version.

Edited at 2010-02-27 01:05 am (UTC)
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From:karne_k
Date:February 27th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
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Fair point I guess if the 32/64-bit thing is an issue.

With respect to recovering stuff from the Scaleo - don't go for the parts I suggested, it was a very old motherboard a year ago and they'll be better alternatives now.

Better make sure you can take out the cpu too, it might be some silly laptop form factor one :)



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From:johnckirk
Date:March 10th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
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Thanks - I've taken the (huge) heatsink off the Scaleo mobo, and it looks as if I should be able to pop out the CPU easily enough.

For new mobo, I'm planning to get the Asus P5Q-EM DO:
http://uk.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=BnbKt78D3Oz4qtge
That costs about £90, so it's not the cheapest, but I won't be able to move my (AGP) graphics card across, and the integrated graphics should be good enough for what I'm doing.
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From:billyabbott
Date:February 27th, 2010 08:14 am (UTC)
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I thought you might know a bit more about it then me :)

I'll be sticking with the baby version - only one machine, only really want it so that I can play Windows games. My home computing needs seem to be rather boring these days.
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