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Re: Windows 7 for $29.99 for college and university students

When he was telling you about, was he specific about whether he was running the x86 or x64 version?


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Re: Windows 7 for $29.99 for college and university students

I plan on backing everything up anyway, but am I going to lose everything I have downloaded? I'm currently running Vista 64 bit.

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Re: Windows 7 for $29.99 for college and university students

Well there are two different ways you can install Windows 7. One is a clean install where its like a brand new computer - all data is gone so you need to save it and re-add it (this is what I plan to do). The second option is called Windows Easy Transfer. Here is that I have read about that:

Windows Easy Transfer guides you through the process of transferring files and settings from one Windows computer to another. Using Windows Easy Transfer, you can choose what to transfer to your new computer and how to transfer it. You can transfer most files and program settings. Specifically:

    • Files and folders. Everything within the Documents, Pictures, and Shared Documents folders. Using advanced options, you can select additional files and folders to transfer.
    • E‑mail settings, contacts, and messages.
    • Program settings. Settings that keep your programs configured as you had them on your old computer. Windows Easy Transfer does not transfer the programs themselves. Some programs might not work on this version of Windows, including security programs, antivirus programs, firewall programs (your new computer should already have a firewall running to help ensure safety during the transfer), and programs with software drivers.
    • User accounts and settings. Desktop backgrounds, network connections, screen savers, fonts, Start menu options, taskbar options, folders, specific files, network printers and drives, and accessibility options.
    • Internet settings and favorites. Internet connection settings, favorites, and cookies.
    • Music. Electronic music files, playlists, and album art.
    • Pictures and video. Pictures—which includes any visual file type (for example, .jpg, .bmp, .gif)—and personal videos.
  • You can read more about the different upgrades here

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Re: Windows 7 for $29.99 for college and university students
James Clerk wrote:

I plan on backing everything up anyway, but am I going to lose everything I have downloaded? I'm currently running Vista 64 bit.

If you don't want to do a clean install (wiping your entire hard drive first), from all I've read you can just choose the 'upgrade' option in the installer, (if you're going from Vista x64 to Windows7 x64) and you won't lose a thing. You get that option when running the setup from within Windows itself rather than booting from the DVD to get to the setup.

I'd still make a full image of your C: drive/partition first though, and sock it away somewhere else, just to be on the safe side, which is recommended any time you do anything like his anyway. My favorite image program is True Image.


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Re: Windows 7 for $29.99 for college and university students

Well I think I've decided I have a lot of useless sh!t on here, so I'm going to do a clean wipe, and backup all my movies, music, and documents on my external hard drive...

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Re: Windows 7 for $29.99 for college and university students

Whelp, I just installed Win7 x86 in VMWare. (Clean) Installed pretty quickly/easily and activated without a hitch. Now to poke around a bit. Wink


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Re: Windows 7 for $29.99 for college and university students

Anyone know what flavor that 29.99 version is for students? I can download Windows 7 32 and 64 professional from my school for free. But if this is ultamate or something it may be worth the 30 bones?
EDIT: Looks like there offereing home premium. I'm unclear how the Windows 7 flavors go? what's better home premium or professional? Guess I can can go look for myself. Wink

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Re: Windows 7 for $29.99 for college and university students

Well I do know this with the ultimate Win 7 you get what they call XPM (XP mode) where as with the home you don't. I don't have that but wish I did. I have the home addition.

Oh that one program Ninite is really sweet and a time saver. No tool bars and I've read a lot of good reviews. I just finished installing quite a few programs from there. It was nice not having to google around the web to find them again.

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Re: Windows 7 for $29.99 for college and university students
Evil Monkey wrote:

I'm unclear how the Windows 7 flavors go? what's better home premium or professional?

Here ya go: Windows 7 Comparison Chart


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