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Win 8.1 is fine, actually better than Win 7, it uses less resources, runs and boots faster. The Metro Start screen is functionally better than the start menu, I rarely use either anyway. Everything else is identical to Win 7, apart from Task Manager, which is improved. Apart from using the Start screen to load rarely used applications (it has 2 screens that I have setup as a 2D taskbar launcher and an organised wall of application icons), I never use Metro for anything else, literally, I avoid it entirely which is something you couldn't do in Win 8 (thus I never used it on my PCs).

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most stores that sell HW could set you up with a OEM installation... and it's often for free for regular customers, at least in my country.

Most certainly will not be free in the US, but the installation process for the OEM is no different to retail versions anyway. The box will be a bit less fancy (last I bought one it was in a typical DVD case with a plain white slipcover) but the purchasing experience is as with any boxed software, a DVD and a product key in a box. Indeed I believe the DVD itself is identical whether it's the retail version or the OEM version (though either way I recommend downloading the latest ISO directly instead of using the DVD which may be an older version that creates more hassles with updating).


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I did see some on Amazon, but then user reviews were claiming when received, the keys didn't work/it wasn't legal. Hence..."iffy" to go that route since you don't know who is really trustworthy on something like Amazon.

 

OEM Win7 Pro is what I'm using now, hence my question. :lol: ... I should have bought a few copies a bit later or something, but I didn't.

 

Win 8.1 is fine

Sorry, I hate it.

 

I just have to hope Win10/whatever is at least slightly more tolerable to my picky self.

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“Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.” – Alan Watts

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Sorry, I hate it.

 

I just have to hope Win10/whatever is at least slightly more tolerable to my picky self.

 

Just install start8, disable every ****ing thing that leads you to metro and it's great.

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Metro is not the only reason I dislike it. If you/others like 8, that's great. I just don't. And yes I've tried it...on hubby's pc's and my recent laptop.

 

P.S. - I'm still not a huge fan of Win7, either. Haha.


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Yeah...it's just a curse of my super-finickiness. :lol:

One day I may have the energy to actually move to Linux. One day.


“Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.” – Alan Watts

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Yeah...it's just a curse of my super-finickiness. :lol:

One day I may have the energy to actually move to Linux. One day.

 

I tell that to my self every week... Only I want to learn to work in Linux and not really migrate.

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If you have the extra RAM, then installing Linux on the free VMware Player is a good way to try it out under Windows. Gone are the days of being restricted to one OS thanks to virtualized machines

 

I have Ubuntu & OSX Yosemite installed on VMware. They're fun to mess with, and run really smooth almost like it's natively installed (well Yosemite required some extra hacks to get running okay, and some functions like iMessage don't work because it's not detecting legit mac hardware)

 

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most stores that sell HW could set you up with a OEM installation... and it's often for free for regular customers, at least in my country.

Most certainly will not be free in the US, but the installation process for the OEM is no different to retail versions anyway. The box will be a bit less fancy (last I bought one it was in a typical DVD case with a plain white slipcover) but the purchasing experience is as with any boxed software, a DVD and a product key in a box. Indeed I believe the DVD itself is identical whether it's the retail version or the OEM version (though either way I recommend downloading the latest ISO directly instead of using the DVD which may be an older version that creates more hassles with updating).

 

many stores have a special licence that allows them to install windows as OEM on any pc from the same disk. if you right click on "my computer" and select properties, you may see the store's logo next to the windows version info


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Looks like Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for one year to those already using Windows 7 or 8.1.


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Windows 7, really? So I could upgrade my old win7 OEM for free and there is no catch?

 

I think that MS want more lessen number of users of old Windows versions so that they don't replicate XP syndrome again and same time they get larger customer base for their new software platform and shop and also lessen how much effort they need to put in to support those old versions. As anyway they get most of their money from OS sold with new machines, so I would guess that it is better for them if they can get large part of current computers to move their newest OS withing year instead of needing to wait multiple years like with previous Windows versions, especially when they try marketing this time how all windows devices work together.

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I'm having a pretty positive experience with it, I've got a new ultrabook arriving soon and i'll be upgrading immediately.


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Seems windows 10 is not activating/converting old keys when upgrading, as far as I heard Microsoft reps said it will be resolved withing 2 days. I guess I'll have to wait before doing a clean install.

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Holy moly, so either I get Windows Home for free, or I pay $200 for Professional. What silly pricing options.

 

I'm either gonna grab the Education version (Enterprise with some additions) or just grab the Pro version once I get back in to University. I don't like this crap being tied to my hardware and even that is not working right at the moment.

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Managed to force it to activate by spamming "slmgr.vbs /ato" in elevated command prompt a couple of times.

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