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Which version of Windows 7 do I need?

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clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,655 points)
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Jan 25, 2013 12:46 AM

OK, so I didn't ask this in the Boot Camp forum because I'm not using Boot Camp. I'm currently running Windows XP running as a VM under Parallels Desktop 8. I want - and need - to upgrade to Windows 7 (preferably Home Premium) but in scouring Amazon I'm a bit confused as to which 'flavor' of Windows 7 Home Premium that I need to upgrade - packages, and prices, are all over the place.

 

I've this version tucked away in my Amazon Wishlist, but $163 seems a bit much to pay when there are 'other' Win7 Home Premium packages going for as low as $93 - such as this one.

 

I use Windows daily - but not for very processor intensive tasks. Primarily run only Office 2010, Adobe Acrobat XI and Adobe LiveCycle Designer. Parallels VM of XP works for my current needs, but I really need to get to Win7 to access some of the functionality of newer Adobe products.

 

Can anyone lend a hand? Would the $93 version 'work' to upgrade or do I need the $163 package? Or, can someone suggest alternatives (hopefully at Amazon - or if I can download the iso image from another source for less, that would be great, too).

 

Thanks,

 

Clinton

MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, ATD
  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,485 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 1:32 AM (in response to clintonfrombirmingham)

    Hi Clinton,

    I do not know Livecycle designer, but the other Adobe apps run on any W7 afaik.

    You did not say what computer you run W8 on, a windows PC or do you run Windows in a virtual machine on your mac?

    The Adobe apps (maybe not LivecycleDesigner?) you can run directly in OSX (the mac version ofcourse) and in the place of MSOffice 2010 you can run 2011 on the Mac directly. I run NeoOffice now (instead of 2008 in Windows VM), but practically the same as 2010 are OpenOffice, LibreOffice, NeoOffice.

    Lex

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,485 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 1:59 AM (in response to clintonfrombirmingham)

    So I gather that you use Parallels? the v8 version of Parallels stopped support for W7. Bootcamp asks W7 Pro, I think.

    I stopped using W7 (ulimate) because of compatibilty and because I run remote XP technical installations, that will never be upgraded to W7 or W8 (instead these applications are now in Unix). So I only use XP (pro): XP will be supported by MS for a long time to come, because worldwide there are so many technical installatioons that run under XP.

    In your situation I would go for the W7 Ultimate, or ask a Mac distributor whether he has a copy of the W7 OEM disc they used to install W7 on a new mac sold. They gave me a XP Pro OEM disc when I bought two MBP's.

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 3:00 AM (in response to clintonfrombirmingham)

    Any version of Windows, except a branded version made specifically for a new Windows PC like Dell, HP, etc., will run in Parallels.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,485 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 7:00 AM (in response to BobTheFisherman)

    Hi Bob: yes, the retail version, OR as I said maybe a friendly Apple dealer has a spare OEM disc.

  • BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,570 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 8:22 AM (in response to LexSchellings)

    Or he can buy an OEM (System Builder) disk from many places including Amazon for about $100..

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,485 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 8:38 AM (in response to BobTheFisherman)

    Yes, ofcourse, buying always possible; I got mine as a "gift"

  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 7:39 PM (in response to LexSchellings)

    LexSchellings wrote:

     

    So I gather that you use Parallels? the v8 version of Parallels stopped support for W7. Bootcamp asks W7 Pro, I think.

    ...

     

    I'm not so sure about this part.  I'm running Parallels 8 Desktop on my current MacBook Pro (Late 2011).  I have two different virtual machines installed, Win 7 Pro (for work support), and Win 7 Ultimate (for personal stuff).  Both of these are "supported" by Parallels with no issues, but I will be honest, I'm not running Boot Camp and I'm only running 32 Bit Windows as none of my installations need more than 4GB RAM, and this way I can run both VMs at the same time and still only use half of my system's 16GB RAM, leaving the other half for OSX.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,485 points)
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    Jan 25, 2013 11:48 PM (in response to GeekBoy.from.Illinois)

    Of course W7 works in Parallels. But Parallels stopped support for W7 last summer... Read their site.

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