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In my company, I have 3 computers running windows xp pro and the licenses came with the dell computer. I wanted to upgrade the OS to windows 7 home?, would I be able to just by and get an OEM license? What are the options? obviously cheapest is best :)


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Why?  Seriously.... why?  All the features of home are in pro.  You'd be buying another copy for no reason. OEM licenses are tied to the hardware they are installed on so you cannot move the existing licenses to new systems, you'd just be throwing them away for really no good reason.
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Assuming the systems meet the hardware requirements for Windows 7, then they can almost certainly also run Windows 8.

It's actually much less expensive to upgrade them to Windows 8 Pro than it would be to upgrade them to Windows 7 Home ... you can download the upgrade for $39.99/system directly from Microsoft :-)     [http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/buy?ocid=GA8_O_MSCOM_Prog_FPP_Null_Null ]

However, if you really want to run Windows 7 instead; then yes, the OEM version will work fine.    But the "correct" version for you to buy is the upgrade version:  http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-Home-Premium-Upgrade/dp/B002DHLUWK
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I think you've not understood what I wrote down or I may not have clearly explained it. Let me try again.


I have 3 Dell computers and it is running windows XP pro. I'm deciding to upgrade them to windows 7 home. Would an OEM solution suffice for the license?
As I noted above, the correct license you need is an upgrade license.

If you are bringing these computers home and want to switch them to Windows 7, you can use the '7 Family pack, which is still available from some resellers.   For example:   http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Windows-Premium-Upgrade-Family/dp/B002MV2MG0

... but the terms of this upgrade is for 3 systems in your "household" ==> so if you're upgrading systems in the office, you'll need individual upgrade licenses.
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the hardware is old that came with XP. Is the home version only for home use?
interesting find:



Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, and Home Premium will recognize only one physical processor.



Also the minimum requriement for windows 8 needs 2GB memory - I only have 1 GB.
garycase

I'm trying to look the a link to upgrade windows xp to windows 7 professional in microsoft web site but it's always showing windows 8? Is the windows 7 pro EOF?
you know that with 1 GB they will run slow?
if you can upgrade the Ram to 2 or 4 GB

and also check that at least 15 % disk space is free

what model pc is this?
is the home version only for home use and for corporate it has to be the professional version and tehre will be a violation if I use home?
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Sorry, I misread - somehow saw that as Win7 Pro to Win7 Home.

Windows 8 Minimum Requirements for 32 bit version are 1 GB of RAM, not two.

Further, Win8 should run BETTER than Win7 on equivalent hardware.

And the upgrades are cheaper.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/system-requirements

Of course, you should NEVER run with just the minimums, but as I said, 8 should perform better than 7 so even if the minimums increased (I don't recall), then you should be running 8 anyway.