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
(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
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