Solved what do you get on a windows build?

October 10, 2012 at 04:30:56
Specs: Windows 7
i was just wondering when you buy a windows build do you have to do anything other than install it and start the computer like install any drivers or anything else?

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October 10, 2012 at 20:05:20
About the only time installing Windows on a new machine yourself is if you build it yourself from a list of quality components that are typically better than you may find on a manufactured system.
The major manufacturers are not going to sell a system without Windows already installed, that leaves you with purchasing from a smaller company or custom shop. You will be basically paying near custom prices without the ability of choosing all of the components that would be the best compromise for your uses, unless you have a fully custom machine built and then it will cost you.

If you are not going to build it yourself and do not have an unlimited budget, purchase a system that contains the best features for your uses that you can afford and if needed, you can customize it later. With a factory built system, you know it will work when you fire it up and you just need to uninstall most of the junk they install with it to get the most out of it.

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#1
October 10, 2012 at 04:59:06
Please clarify. What are you trying to do? What do you have now?
Are you trying to upgrade from one operating system to another? Which to which? What hardware do you have?
Are you talking about purchasing a retail boxed Windows 7 operating system? If not then what?
Upgrade or new install?
Do you plan on keeping the files on the computer or wiping it completely and starting over from scratch?

If you are planning to install an operating system, no it is not just like installing a driver.
If you install an operating system you wipe out what is there already.
If you upgrade you save your personal files (back up for protection) when this path is an option (it is not always).

Explain for the correct answer.

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October 10, 2012 at 05:01:11
What do you mean by a "windows build"? Are you asking about building a computer to run Windows on? Or the Windows version (aka 'build')?

http://www.gaijin.at/en/lstwinver.php

Windows 7 is already 3 yrs old so any drivers included on the disc are at least 3 yrs old too, plus there's only a limited number of drivers on the disc. In other words, you will most likely have to install drivers, or at least update any drivers that get installed from the Windows disc.


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#3
October 10, 2012 at 05:06:23
I think build is like version number.
The OS installation is very easy task(it get easier everytime new OS comes out), the hard part comes after finishing installing it(Drivers > software that support other applications > Applications).

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#4
October 10, 2012 at 05:36:35
i was thinking about buying a pc without an operating system already on it and i was thinking about buying a windows 7 build from a retailer and just installing it.

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#5
October 10, 2012 at 10:38:44
You'll need to install drivers for your hardware. But it's an expensive way of doing it - system builders get Windows at a far lower price than you can retail.

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October 10, 2012 at 20:05:20
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About the only time installing Windows on a new machine yourself is if you build it yourself from a list of quality components that are typically better than you may find on a manufactured system.
The major manufacturers are not going to sell a system without Windows already installed, that leaves you with purchasing from a smaller company or custom shop. You will be basically paying near custom prices without the ability of choosing all of the components that would be the best compromise for your uses, unless you have a fully custom machine built and then it will cost you.

If you are not going to build it yourself and do not have an unlimited budget, purchase a system that contains the best features for your uses that you can afford and if needed, you can customize it later. With a factory built system, you know it will work when you fire it up and you just need to uninstall most of the junk they install with it to get the most out of it.

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#7
October 11, 2012 at 18:28:18
'You'll need to install drivers for your hardware. But it's an expensive way of doing it'

hmmmm....never heard of getting drivers as being expensive?

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#8
October 12, 2012 at 01:32:41
Are you being deliberately obtuse or what? Buying a retail copy of Windows (or even an OEM one) is more expensive than the volume licience that a system builder uses.

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#9
October 12, 2012 at 05:33:25
What I read was the way it was worded was that it was expensive to get drivers and I found that pretty strange as drivers are free to download on-line...no biggie....I guess it's all in the interpretation of the reader.

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#10
October 12, 2012 at 12:00:58
Fingers knocked it in his #6 reply. Before I built my new rig, I looked at a bunch of "kits" and prebuilt machines.

Compared to my shopping list, some of the stuff looked pretty good but anything I considered needed an OS and had components I did not like.

But none of my blather above would mean anything to someone who doesn't keep up with hardware or the best choices of hardware to make in order to get the most for his money.

We need to know specifics to answer the question. Like, what is the machine he wants to buy and how much is he gonna pay. More questions come to mind like size of hdd, OS installed, ability to maybe partition the drive, intended use of this new mystery machine, and so forth.

It makes no sense to spend 100 bucks for Win 7 to install it on a $100 machine and little sense to spend that money on a $200 rig.

Without details, none of us can come up with an alternative to the computer he is considering. Geeks, TigerDirect, and others sell off lease and refurb that might be a better value and come with Win 7 or XP.

With the information we have now, 200 replies to swordj won't help him a bit.

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