I'm currently running WinXP SP3 on a 3 1/2 year old laptop.
I recently purchased an HP Pavilion dv6t (Intel Core i5-430M 2. 26GHz) with Win7 Home Premium 64-bit pre-installed by HP.
I also have a purchased retail copy of Win7 which of course may be installed with 32 or 64-bit version. I plan to upgrade to a 64-bit system.
Here's my question: should I simply use the pre-installed Win7 on my new laptop? Or, given that I have a retail version of Win7, should I erase the HDD (on the new laptop) and install the retail version of Win7 on the new laptop?
I'm well aware that I must download and install all necessary drivers if I install the retail version. But what other consequences or benefits are there for either choice?
I'm only considering installing the retail version to make it easier to upgrade to a newer laptop sometime in the future. My understanding is that the HP OEM copy of Win7 will not permit that to happen - correct?
Any/all comments or suggestions welcome! Thx, Rob