Preinstalled Windows 7 vs buying a new one

November 5, 2010 at 13:48:39
Specs: N/A, AthalonX4/4GB
Hi, I'm in the process of custom building my own PC, but since i'm on a bit of a budget, I was wondering, is it possible to buy hard drives with OS preinstalled? Or would I have to build the PC and then install the OS from a disc?

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#1
November 5, 2010 at 14:23:07
You can only buy Windows 7 on DVD, unless you buy a PC with Windows 7 pre-installed. Each install is tied to the hardware.

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#2
November 5, 2010 at 20:41:26
Look into OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium, it is made for a new built machine and only costs about what an upgrade version does (which you cannot use).
Look here:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#3
November 6, 2010 at 00:04:47
never heard of hard drives been sold with a windows os preinstalled, it would add an extra 110 bucks to the price of the drive...if you have a oem vista or vista on your current hard drive you should be able to upgrade from that in a new build..

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#4
November 6, 2010 at 07:07:19
That probably wouldn't work anyway. The installation of Windows 7 is hardware specific. Follow Fingers link.

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#5
November 6, 2010 at 11:32:11
if its win7 on the drive, drop it in the new machine, and run the repair cd, there is a good chance that it will be ok, and what have you got to loose, 30 mins adding a drive and running a repair

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#6
November 6, 2010 at 20:52:23
In case everyone did not notice:
"I was wondering, is it possible to buy hard drives with OS preinstalled?"
The question was not about using an existing drive or one already available, it was about whether any were available preinstalled, which I have never heard of before. Therefore noticing the "building" and "budget" I suggested the OEM version that I have used twice now.
Aren't we all on budgets? Otherwise I would be purchasing a new board, an extreme processor, a SATA 6GB/sec. 10,000 rpm hard drive just for my operating system and a few core programs, a video card at least 2 'steps' higher than I really need, and gobs of memory (maybe water cooling...hmm).

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#7
November 7, 2010 at 06:37:59
Fingers, I am right with you. I just commented that even if you could buy a drive with Windows per-installed you would have problems. If an install disk was not also supplied then you probably couldn't get the system up and running.

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#8
November 7, 2010 at 06:49:06
actually he asks about preinstalled os on disk or if he will have to install the os from disk, the replies offer him other choices as preinstalled Os on disks is not viable..

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#9
November 7, 2010 at 06:55:17
princecorum

Look at the quote below.

"is it possible to buy hard drives with OS preinstalled?" That question seems clear enough to me.


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