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I need some advice.

I'm going to be building my first computer. I already purchased all the necessary parts and once I get back to school I plan on putting them together. My school, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, has some sort of a license agree with Microsoft which enables all fulltime students the ability to install and use the Windows XP operating system. Here's comes my dilemma. I fully intend on using Windows 7 when it becomes available on 10/22. I'm under the impression that 7 installs easily on top of Vista, but not on top of XP.

I want Vista, but don't want to pay full price for something I'm going to use for less than two months.
Should I just install XP for now and bite the bullet till 7 comes out?

What are my options?
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Honestly with the upgrade path from XP to Win7 being vague at best, i would suggest youdecide what is right for you. The reason i say vague at best is because it is well documented that you cant upgrade from XP to Win7. But at the same time there is no information provided that these people who bought Win7 Upgrade in Pre-Sales will be able to use this disk to install Win7 fresh like is required.

So if you dont want to loss your data that you install now, Vista will be the best choice. But if you make backups and can live with formatting and installing Win7 fresh, i would go with XP.
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