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Hi

I am not sure what version I should buy windows 7 home premium or windows 7 pro edtion.

I am running xp pro right now but I am not sure if windows 7 pro edtion is worth the extra money from the charts I seen its mostly like encryption they add and remote desktop and stuff like that what I prob would not use anyways.

What I run most of the time and I am most concerned about is will premium come with the option to install IIS?

Then should I get 64bit or 32bit?

I am kinda scared my stuff won't work or my programs I use won't work.




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Pro offers more than Home Premium, including XP Mode (download from MS required). No formatting or reinstall required. This is a 10 minute upgrade. Note that in the reviews, I was a reviewer of the product.

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The code for the discount is EMCNGNB67. If the code is rejected, just sign up for their promos, then you'll be on the list to qualify for the code immediately (you should get a email promo).

I paid $79.99 the last time that I bought it, and this is after taxes, $32 less than on the Microsoft Store that you can access from your Start Menu. After you get the key, in a few days, type "Windows Anytime Upgrade" into the Start Menu, there will be the place to enter your purchased key.

Thought I'd pass a great deal on!

Cat




My system:
AMD Athlon X2 6000+
Asus Crosshair (nForce 590 chipset) motherboard
(2) WD Raptor 75GB HDD in RAID 0 running off the nVidia RAID controller
Seagate 500GB SATA HDD (was D:/ for My Documents on my XP Pro setup)
8GB of Kingston HyperX RAM (in XP Pro 32 bit it naturally displayed only 3-ish GB but in BIOS all 8 reported)
Asus Radeon HD4870 video card
Creative X-Fi Fatality Xtreme Gamer Pro edition (PCI)
(2) DVD drives
Floppy drive

Attempt 1:
I used my Partition Commander v8 program (by Vconn) to delete and reformat the RAID array drive as NTFS. During boot the array POSTed as “healthy”. I booted off the Vista CD and the installer recognized the RAID array as a single drive and associated it with C:/ The Seagate drive was D:/ Installation proceeded smoothly, no RAID drivers necessary. I installed all my motherboard and peripheral drivers just fine using my 2nd optical drive. There were a total of 3 reboots during driver installation. When I finally removed the Vista install media and tried to reboot I got a “non system disk” error. I could only boot up if the CD were in the first optical drive. I triple checked
that the BIOS had my RAID array HDD as the first HDD listed and that the boot order was HDD first, CD second yet I could not boot my system sans Vista installation media.

Attempt 2:
I used Partition Commander to delete the partition on the RAID array disc. I went into the RAID software at boot and rebuilt the RAID array from scratch. I installed the 3 RAID drivers (the newest drivers were diligently downloaded to my thumb drive) during Vista installation when I was prompted. Vista detected the array just fine and reported it as unpartitioned space as it should. I let Vista format the C:/ this time and installation proceeded smoothly. Once the basic install of Vista had completed I removed the installation media before I installed any drivers and did a reboot. I was again presented with a “non system disk” error. If I reinserted the Vista CD I could boot.

Attempt 3-5:
I tried various combinations of formatting and BIOS structuring. All with the same results. I could get Vista installed to the RAID array but I could not get it to boot off the RAID array. One irritating fact was that with each successive reinstallation attempt I would add another “dummy” Vista OS listed at boot. Considering I was wiping the “C:/” clean between each install attempt I don't know where this was being tracked. XP never had such problems.

Current condition:
I have disconnected both my Raptors and have installed Vista to my Seagate drive. It works fine but I have this RAID 0 array that has worked in XP Pro for 2 years sitting un-powered in my case because Vista refuses to boot from it.

Any ideas?




hello...

Having (so far) two major problems w/ Vista (aside from all that permissions crapiola):

1) I cannot install Microsoft Streets & Trips

2) When I attempt to install Adobe Illustrator (CS3), I get a message that reads:
Windows Vista can only install one Adobe product at a time...please complete the other installation before attempting to install Illustrator CS3.

I've done the Windows Installer Clean-Up utility thing (& there are no other Adobe apps running during the installation attempt).

So...

Can these issues be fixed ?

If not...can I still obtain XP Pro (& have it be official; & opperable) ?

Thanks,

dox
Vista Home Premium
Compaq Presario SR5610F

Note: [a little background...I had previously 'one' PC...as a digital audio workstation in my recording/mastering studio. It was also connected to the internet; & I wound up w/ a nasty back-door virus. Dedicated that machine (on the advice of its mfg.: ADK Pro Audio) as my studio's DAW; & went out & got the Compaq for the studio's office (& for graphics; the internet, etc.)...it came w/ Vista...which I sort-of don't like all that well. Well...I do...I can learn...but not w/o program compatibility w/ the above.]




I'm having trouble with my very new computer (Lenovo Y480 with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit), which I've narrowed down to the following sequence:
1. I restored computer to original factory settings (to rule out possible causes)
2. I ran msconfig, and checked the boxes 'Safe Mode' and 'Networking.' I got the following error message:
"System configuration cannot save the original boot configuration for later restoration. Boot changes will be reverted.

The system cannot find the file specified"
3. The default boot option disappeared from the boot menu (Windows 7, default OS, current OS).
4. When I restarted my computer, it would not boot and gave me the error 0xc00034, stating that the file BootBCD was missing.

I did not do anything else with my computer after restoring the factory settings, and I did not connect to the internet. I originally encountered the problem when I wanted to try installing Windows updates in safe mode after some of the installations failed. I have replicated the error several times, including after successfully installing all Windows updates.

I got this computer less than two weeks ago. Is this problem particular to my computer, perhaps caused by a corrupted file? It's a simple problem that occurs under factory settings with no changes made. Should I try to return it and get a replacement?




A few months ago, i heard about the student Windows 7 Upgrade deal, and decided to take advantage of it. I had Vista Home Premium 32-bit and tried to upgrade to 7 Home Premium 32-bit, but it didn't work properly. I downloaded the upgrade and tried to install it, but before it finished installing, it said that the installation was unsuccessful and it was going to roll back to Vista. but it had already removed vista. my computer was stuck in a reboot loop, and didn't have vista or 7. I managed to fix this by getting a cracked copy of 7 Ultimate from a friend, booting from the disc, formatting my hard drive, and doing a clean install.

This copy of 7 Ultimate has been working perfectly for months, but a couple days ago, it started telling me that it is not a genuine copy of windows and i need to validate it. I traced this back to a specific windows update, and tried uninstalling it, and restoring to a point before this update, but it hasn't fixed it. (i realize now that i should have turned off automatic updates and screened all the updates).

So i need some advice on the best/cheapest way to fix this and get a legitimate, activated version of 7 on my computer. I have a product key for a Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade from the original student deal, but no disc to install it from. If i can get a hold of a disc, will i be able to "upgrade" from this un-activated version of 7 Ultimate to 7 Home Premium and use my product key? Is it possible to "upgrade" from Ultimate to Home Premium? Or will i need to do a clean install? and if i do a clean install with upgrade media, will i be able to activate it? my last resort is buying a full version of 7.

I would really appreciate any advice you can give me. Thanks a lot.




I'm a casual user of the internet and enjoy working with Beta's and I'm tempted to install W7 and get rid of my Vista Home Premium and stick with 7 until the release.....is this an OK move or will I regret it? I'm assuming I could roll back and reinstall Vista and of course I would back up my important files to a thumb drive or something.......I'm 72 years old and sometimes my 'computer judgment' is not the best....LOL




Hi, I've had Windows Vista for a little over a year and I have been completely discontent with it. It's gotten so bad to the point that now everytime I start up, I get a bunch of random corrupt file messages, drivers that need to be reinstalled, etc. Also, over the course of time, a bunch of my folders and programs just become randomly corrupt and I have to reinstall them.

I am very happy that Windows 7 will be coming out in a couple of weeks. I was just wondering, will merely upgrading from Vista to Win7 while keeping all my files and programs intact fix my issues? Or should I play it safe by backing everything up and performing a custom install and wipe everything out and start fresh? Would doing this make a difference?

Also, if you guys do advise me to perform a custom install, I would want to get the Professional version since I currently have Home Premium right now. My other question is would installing Professional weigh down my computer more than Home Premium would? Would my computer be slightly slower because of the more powerful version of this OS?

Thank you very much for your help.




Sometimes when I restart my computer (which is just a few times a week) my taskbar is set up differently. I have many icons all in a specific sequence so I don't have to search for the program I want to launch. These get re-arranged. Plus, the actual taskbar reverts to having the running programs on the right, when I want them along a bottom row on their own. Also, I have Google Deskbar that goes into different configurations.

At least Vista's taskbar is more easily manipulated than XP's was. I can put things back i place easily--but why should I have to? What is going wrong?




I repaired a friends computer recently and upgraded to Win7 Home Premium from XP Pro. I did the 'wipe the hard drive' clean install without the Windows key and then loaded the programs and a few days later called the friend to return the tower to me as I have yet to do the 'upgrade'. He returned it to me and I commenced the upgrade install from within Windows, and selected the upgrade option. The machine got about 3/4 the way through it and brought up a pop up window that the said the installation cannot continue as there was a registry error. My friend had tried to activate the tower over the net and the reply came back that the upgrade DVD could not be used to activate as it was installed cleanly, and not upgraded.
Not to be outdone I called Microsoft to activate the tower only to be told that you CANNOT UPGRADE XP to WIN7. I exclaimed WHAT? and was told that if I wanted to upgrade XP Pro I would have to load Vista then upgrade to Win7. That was from the Technical people at Microsoft. I called again an hour later and was told the exact same thing. I was very agitated by now and almost swore at the "technician" and referred him to page 7 of the booklet that is included with an upgrade DVD. The page reference was, that you must do a clean install to upgrade XP to Win7 and could do an upgrade from Vista. There was a great deal of to-ing and fro-ing until I was put back to the switch board and connected to the extension that deals with activation by phone method. After reading out the 9 6 figure input data blocks I was given an 8 block of 6 figures to type in to the page and was then told "thank you for using Microsoft and that the unit was now activated." I checked and yes it eas activated.
I have since done a fair bit of testing and find that if you want to do the XP to Win7 "upgrade", you should do it without any delay between steps and before any programs are loaded.
How come we all know how to do an upgrade to Win7 from XP and Microsoft people do not, well at least the Technicians at the end of the phone while activating Windows 7 do not.
An after thought, when told that I would have to load Vista first to upgrade to Win7, I asked where I would get the Vista disk from and was told 'Buy it from a computer store' at my cost. How crazy it that
Allan




I have a Win 7 Home Premium 3 pack. I used to have 3 computers on it, one has now been replaced, so I only have 2 active (activated and working). I know if I ever go to install on a new 3rd pc, I'll have to call MS, etc. Not a big deal as long as I do it during the work day - but I do have to remember that when I go through the dialog and MS asks how many PC's I'm installed on to say 2 - meaning active on 2, not 3. The one I'm activating does not yet count in this context.

I also have a 10 year old PC running Win 7 Pro. The machine is semi-retired. I want to put my 3rd Home Premium license on that antique and put my Pro license on a system I built a year ago that has one of my 3 Home premium licenses on it now.

I'd like to know what you all recommend on the cleanest and neatest way to get this done with the least mess. Obviously I have to downgrade the antique system first. How do I do that? My impression is that I should just do a clean install off of my Home Premium installation disk, something I'd like to avoid if I can.

Once that is dealt with, can I just do an Anytime Upgrade and put in the license key off of the Win 7 Pro disc?




I am trying to do a clean install for Win7 Home Premium, and chose the "ask me later" option during install. Now I need updates and it hasen't asked me if I want updates. I went into Windows update and selected my settings I need 59 important and 3 optional updates. The list is extensive and I've been trying to check for issues with the updates, patches, and stuff but I'm getting confused and overwhelmed, are there any that I should absolutly not install. I have a laptop from Gateway about 2 1/2 years old. 2GB memory, AMD Turon64 but not sure about the other stuff. and also should I install the MSE first?
Sincerely Evelyn




I'm planning to purchase a new PC. It will have a Windows7 64-bit OS. My choice is between HP and DELL which -here in the Netherlands- have similar product with prices almost identical (resp. HPE-140nl & DELL XPS 8100), both fairly high-end.
For an extra 30 Euro, DELL provides the system with Windows 7 Prof. (64 bit). Indeed, for OEM installations the price gap between Home Premium and Prof is about 40 dollars (which is around 30 Euros).

HP however comes with Home Premium and I'd really like to get this updated to Prof. Now I called HP here but the guy I got was as flexible as solid rock He didn't know so he couldn't help...
If I do this myself, Id have to buy the commercial upgrade so I'd rather have HP's OEM upgrade. Then there's the fact that -I thought- all installations of Win7 are indentical and it's the choice made during installation plus the serial that makes the version, right? So I guess that on e.g. HP's recovery partition, all is already there and all I need is a serial (which I'll buy). Alternatively, they can send me a CD too (which I'll buy of course as well).

Is there someone who can advise me on:
(1) A contact in HP (anywhere... I speak Dutch, English, German no problems) that I could email and/or call and that could help me find out what the possibilities are?
(2) Any advice on the possibilities to (all legally) convert my Home Premium to Prof for the least amount of work and money and risk...

Thanks!!

PS1. I have another question too... it seems that Win is delivered in Dutch, I want it in English. I've understood that this is a choice one can make once during initial startup. Before I spend my money, I like to verify this. Does anyone have experience with this?

PS2. OK, maybe here's a time and place to also air my frustrations about DELL (to balance the negative experience I had with HP). Actually DELL NL seems much worse than HP (sofar)... it's almost as if they do not want to sell anything. I've sent emails to many people, left voice mails, even sent an email twice to a special escalation mailbox all with absolutely no effect at all. I simply want to buy (two systems actually) and have just a couple of simple questions but I can't get it done. Yes, I called them too and got promises that either were not kept or came too late... When I was finally close to buying, they told me there might be a 6 weeks (no typo!) delivery time... Pity as the price vs what you get is absolutely unmatched for this configuration here... (but the HP comes close). If someone is reading this and has a method I can use to get their attention please let me know... (for the record, I am -or should I say 'was'- not anti-DELL, actually for the last 10+ years I owned DELL systems and have always been happy with that).




I currently have a Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop running on 32-bit Vista Home Premium, plus two Dell XPS 435MT desktops each running on 64-bit (note that is different from the laptop) Vista Home Premium. I am seriously considering buying a copy of Windows 7 Upgrade with a three-user license, with intention of upgrading all three of the above machines, but would like to get some unbiased advice and/or suggestions before I take the plunge.

To begin with, is it possible to obtain a single upgrade copy in the first place with a 3 user license that can upgrade a 32-bit laptop AND two 64-bit desktops, or will it be necessary to get an individual upgrade for each machine? Also, at present I'm currently having issues with one of the 64-bit desktops which Dell is working on resolving. They are still working with me on it, so may yet resolve the issues, but in the back of my mind I am considering upgrading at least the one with the issues in the hopes of replacing issues in Vista Home Premium with a hopefully properly-functioning copy of Windows 7 "just in case" Dell cannot fix what is becoming a very stubborn issue (see my "REMOVING Microsoft Net Framework?" discussion under Microsoft Vista elsewhere in this forum).

As a general note, I've been looking at upgrading to Windows 7 anyway, but my current issue with one of the desktops has got me considering doing it sooner than intended. In view of Microsoft's much-publicized problems and general issues over the last few years, I would ideally have preferred "watching" Windows 7 awhile longer to see what issues and problems develope with it so that is also a factor in my thinking as well. I PRESUME that if I were to upgrade, I should get a copy of Windows 7 HOME PREMIUM to replace the Vista HOME PREMIUM, but is this true? I've read some things that recommend sticking to the same "subcategory" (such as Home Premium) because to change increases the liklihood of problems in the upgrading process. This seems logical to me, but I am no expert on this subject so if you have any thoughts there I would appreciate hearing them.

And finally, after reading in this very forum about so many problems I am very nervous about upgrading in the first place. . . .except that I can also find a lot of horror stories about Vista as well. Only my one desktop has any current issues, so if I do this that desktop (Dell XPS 435MT) running on 64-bit Vista will likely be my initial upgrade.

I thank you in advance for any suggestions and/or advice you can share, and look forward to hearing from you. I've not bought Windows 7 yet, but would like to do so in the very near future in case it is needed to correct the current issue mentioned above in one desktop.




I understand we should be able to create a full system image using Windows 7 built in back up system. In my Windows 7 Ultimate laptop (Sony Vaio VGN-FW model) this worked fine. In all my Home Premium versions (2 PCs - also both are Sony Vaio VGN-FW models) when I attempt to create backup disks (DVDs) the backup starts, it asks me to insert a disk of 1 gb or larger (I'm using 4.7 GB disks), it formats the disk, it starts the backup, it states it is preparing the disk, then it loops back to insert a disk larger than 1 gb, format, etc. It somehow gets caught in an endless loop. Is there something else I should be doing with my Home Premium versions to allow this full system Image??? I'm at a loss. Thanks for any help anyone can provide.




This seems to be the week of unsolvable problems. And perhaps this should be posted on Internet Explorer Forum (including this forum) : Anyway, suddenly, for the last week, I've been unable to copy and paste things I find on web pages or in forums. I get the "hand icon" from which I can't select text to copy. What has happened?

kdoc




I suppose I should have expected it, but I'm trying to install Vista in a dual boot situation. I installed a new HD (It got installed as Drive E because my DVD drive was D, and this may be the probllem). Anyway, at one of the Vista installation reboots I get a long error message from "windows Boot Master" inticating that "Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem 1. insert your windows installation disk and restart ... 2. Chose your languate settings and then click on 'next', 3. Click "Repair your computer."

I did the above, but I get the same result. I noticed, however, that somewhere in the repair sequence it seems that it expects Vista to be on drive D:. So I suspect that the boot to Vista is trying to go to D: when it should be E and that may cause the boot problem.

Any suggestions on a fix?

P.S. I wonder if there is a way to change the DVD drive to E and the new HD to D as that seems to be what Vista expects.
P.P.S. I changed drive letters so the new Vista drive is now D, another partition is E and the DVD drive is F. However, I ran the suggested repair facility in Vista, but I still get the same result. I'm wondering if my next step should be to start up a new Vista install on D.




I have a small home network, with 3 pc's and a laptop. All the PC's now run Vista Home Premium, The laptop is XP2 SP2.

One out of the 4 machines is used by my daughter, the other 3 are used by me and I try to keep them in some kind of sync, but under my own control.

I use batch files to back up data, settings etc, and also to do regular defrags, cleanup, adware scans etc.

I'm having problems getting my Windows Favorites to copy though.

This line copies OK from my main machine to my XP laptop
xcopy c:UsersColinFavoritesLinks*.* "McApp03CDocuments and settingsColinFavoritesLinksTemp*.*" /s

But this one
xcopy c:UsersColinFavoritesLinks*.* "McApp10CUsersColinFavoritesLinks*.*" /s
from one Vista Premium machine to another, gives me and "Invalid drive specification" message.

As a test, I tried this line
xcopy c:UsersColinFavoritesLinks*.* "McApp10DTempLinks*.*" /s
this was to test another drive (not the system one) on the second PC, and it works fine.

I have to say I don't fully understand the sharing on the new Vista yet, but I think it is set up OK. At the moment, both PC's are running Windows Firewall, and both have Automatic downloads set up and running correctly, so all latest patches should be installed.

Can anyone help please.

Thanks

Colin




I recently got a new Compac computer with Vista Home Premium. I was looking through the "Sound" settings from the Control Panel and I spotted this item that looks odd to me. Maybe there's a simple explanation so I'm just asking out of curiosity (the computer is working fine.) Note the attached screen shots. The one on the left shows the input sources with green level meters by each source.

I've got a tape deck connected to the computer so I can record into the computer from cassettes (I use Audacity) and it's connected to the normal line input stereo mini jack. Since I'm not using a microphone, I've set the Line In as the default sound recording source. When I'm playing into the computer I notice the green level meter flasing for the Line In which is proper.

However my curiosity is about the green level meter for the DigitalIn source. This is constantly flashing up and down (see arrow) as if it was receiving an audio input signal but nothing is playing in the computer, no programs were running, and there is no cable connected to the digital RCA input (or output) jacks on the back of the computer.

Anyone have any idea why this meter should be flashing? It stops flashing of course if I disable it, (it was enabled by default) but I'm wondering where it is getting a signal from.

Rod Corkum




I have a Desktop PC with following specs:

  CPU1 : Intel® Pentium® Processor E5400 (2.70GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 800MHz FSB) Operating System2 : Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit Chipset : NVIDIA® GeForce® 7050 Memory3 : 4GB DDR2 dual-channel (2 × 2GB) 2 DDR2 slots total, 0 DDR2 slots available Hard Drive4 : 750GB 7200rpm SATA Video3 : Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce® 7050 graphics I don't always get the results I expect with this machine. The Acer LCD display does not seem to change as rapidly as I feel it should and scrolling is not always smooth. Sometimes it seems to hang up for a second or two before continuing. I am wondering if installing a PCI Video Card might help this situation or if, perhaps, something else is at fault. Also, at night I usually have Yahoo Ball Scores running along with a couple of other Tabs minimized in Firefox and if I am doing something else such as playing Free Cell when the Scores page updates I frequently have momentary hang ups for a second or two. Is this related to the scrolling problem or is it because I am trying to do too much with the CPU or Ram that I have. Another problem I have which may or may not be related is that many times when viewing a video (such as You Tube) the audio is good but the video does no sync with the audio.

Any input anyone can give me will be appreciated.

Bob P


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