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Old 06-21-08, 08:38 PM   #1
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Default Going to buy Vista Ultimate 32 OEM with new GPU...

I am going to grab the OEM version of Vista Ultimate when i buy my new gpu which is going to be either the 4870 or the gtx280....Its going to be about 240AUD...compared to the retail ultimate which is nearly 500AUD...

My question is....what restrictions / drawbacks are there from going with the OEM version?
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Old 06-21-08, 08:47 PM   #2
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Default Re: Going to buy Vista Ultimate 32 OEM with new GPU...

main restriction is that if you need to re-activate (especially new board) they might tell you that you can't

if you are one of those people that change a motherboard every few months OEM is not for you.

plus go with 64bit, there is absolutly no point to get 32bit anymore
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Old 06-21-08, 09:21 PM   #3
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Default Re: Going to buy Vista Ultimate 32 OEM with new GPU...

U got a point about 32bit. No need.

Im pretty much 32 bit free now and fully 64 bit dependent.

Nice to see we finally fully use 64 bit cpu's.
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Old 06-21-08, 09:33 PM   #4
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Default Re: Going to buy Vista Ultimate 32 OEM with new GPU...

Retail + 64bit = the way to go.
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Old 06-21-08, 10:52 PM   #5
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Default Re: Going to buy Vista Ultimate 32 OEM with new GPU...

Another vote for 64 bit.

As for activation with OEM if you change the motherboard, when the automated phone system asks if you have any big hardware changes say yes, then it will ask if you changed the motherboard, say no, your activation is now complete.
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Old 06-21-08, 11:10 PM   #6
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Default Re: Going to buy Vista Ultimate 32 OEM with new GPU...

64bit is nice but i cbf with compatibility issues. Sure sure everything works ok for you..but the chance for incompatibility due to some driver is alot higher than in 32bit.

Also anytime i plan to change the motherboard i usually will be doing a full upgrade, and which always have me reformatting the entire system with a new OS install.

Also i have no intention of going 4GB of ram anytime soon either, so i have no real gains going 64bit,....yet...

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Another vote for 64 bit.

As for activation with OEM if you change the motherboard, when the automated phone system asks if you have any big hardware changes say yes, then it will ask if you changed the motherboard, say no, your activation is now complete.
ha...thats really..awesome -.-
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Old 06-22-08, 02:53 AM   #7
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stop using compatibility as an excuse, its not 2003 anymore
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Old 06-22-08, 06:06 AM   #8
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64bit is nice but i cbf with compatibility issues. Sure sure everything works ok for you..but the chance for incompatibility due to some driver is alot higher than in 32bit.

Also anytime i plan to change the motherboard i usually will be doing a full upgrade, and which always have me reformatting the entire system with a new OS install.

Also i have no intention of going 4GB of ram anytime soon either, so i have no real gains going 64bit,....yet...



ha...thats really..awesome -.-
That's rubbish everything works fine these days with x64.

I'd vote for x64.
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Old 06-22-08, 06:42 AM   #9
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Another vote for 64. Haven't had a compatibility issue yet.
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Default Re: Going to buy Vista Ultimate 32 OEM with new GPU...

If you don't use 16bit apps, you have no reason to use 32bit. It'll just hold you back.

Even if you do use 16bit apps, they'll probably work far better emulated under DOSBox than through a standard DOS Window in Vista.
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Default Re: Going to buy Vista Ultimate 32 OEM with new GPU...

I've had it installed for two months now and everything is fine. Vista x64 has given me no problems on my rig.
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Old 06-22-08, 01:05 PM   #12
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Default Re: Going to buy Vista Ultimate 32 OEM with new GPU...

make sure you save some money and get the "upgrade" version....

there are many how-to's around the net to show you how to do a clean install (non-upgrade install) with the upgrade disc (it doesn't require changing anything, it's a two second work-around), it's almost like MS wants to save you money
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