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Topic # 85412 18-Jun-2011 12:54
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Hey,
I'm looking for price quotes for Windows Vista or 7.. has anybody got a copy they don't need? OS' are so expensive these days ;) 

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  Reply # 482508 18-Jun-2011 12:55
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Ubuntu is free, if price is your only consideration.

Just sayin...

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  Reply # 482509 18-Jun-2011 12:57
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I have a not for resale 64 bit Vista, but don't think I can concurrently use it with the 32 bit I dual boot with.




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  Reply # 482513 18-Jun-2011 12:59
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ubuntu... I wish.. but sadly I'm a Windows kiddy.

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  Reply # 482561 18-Jun-2011 15:03
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I got a refurbished PC from PB Tech with Vista Pro and paid $99 + GST. License is easy to transfer, it is not an OEM despite having the Ipex branded license. I've often transferred an XP license from a Dell to another PC, no problem. The only real issue is you don't get media with it, so you need a friend with discs or torrent. For Vista the CD (or rather DVD) is identical for all versions, the key determines what gets installed.




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  Reply # 482597 18-Jun-2011 16:18
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paulmilbank: How expensive is too expensive?
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=OSYMSO8668&name=Microsoft-Windows-7-Home-Prem-32bit-OEM-(GFC-00949

 


http://www.gearbot.co.nz/pages/prod/2453/Microsoft-Windows-7-Home-Premium-OEM/

~$150 over 365 days is around $0.40 per day, Windows is pretty cheap considering the amount of paid employee's that worked on it and continue to work on it (updates, patches etc).

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  Reply # 482598 18-Jun-2011 16:19
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Microsoft now allow through their online partner, Digital River, public download of the ISO files for Windows 7. You just need a valid (i.e. Legal) Key.


32-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x86 ISO
Amazon.com: http://174.129.85.117/data/Windows7Ultimate32bit.iso

64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate x64 ISO
Amazon.com: http://174.129.85.117/data/Windows7Ultimate64bit.iso

32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x86 ISO
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65732/X15-65732.iso

64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium x64 ISO
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65733/X15-65733.iso

32-bit Windows 7 Professional x86 ISO
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65804/X15-65804.iso

64-bit Windows 7 Professional x64 ISO
Digital River: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65805/X15-65805.iso

 




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  Reply # 482606 18-Jun-2011 16:35
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Thanks for the replies everyone. Got a few options there :)

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  Reply # 482612 18-Jun-2011 16:46
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You can buy an OEM Win 7 key for about $75 USD eg:

[Removed link from source of pirated goods]
 
Technically only system builders are supposed to use OEM keys with new PC's sold to customers but it a massive grey area practically all computer stores will just straight sell you an OEM copy of windows even if you don't buy any hardware.

Hobbyists have used OEM keys for new clean installs on their on PC's for years.

Remember with an OEM version vs Full it's intended for use on one machine, so if you ever want to transfer to it for use on a different machine you will likely have activation issues.

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  Reply # 482624 18-Jun-2011 17:17
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^ licensekeyshop.com is one of the sites listed as scam sites in the blog post below. Only store.microsoft.com sells keys online which ofcourse is run by Microsoft.
 

http://www.technonsense.com/2011/02/cheap-windows-7-winkey-sale-scam/

http://www.whois.net/whois/licensekeyshop.com 




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  Reply # 482627 18-Jun-2011 17:22
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We're sorry, the Microsoft Store you're trying to reach is temporarily closed
PLEASE VISIT THE NEW AND IMPROVED STORE WHEN IT OPENS IN 2012.

^ Is this their way of telling us the world will end before they begin to sell products online? ;)

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  Reply # 482628 18-Jun-2011 17:26
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danielm8: We're sorry, the Microsoft Store you're trying to reach is temporarily closed
PLEASE VISIT THE NEW AND IMPROVED STORE WHEN IT OPENS IN 2012.

^ Is this their way of telling us the world will end before they begin to sell products online? ;)


It's been shut down in the last week I guess. Looks like they are renovating the website and will launch in 2012. 

PS - Anyone claiming to sell keys online besides store.microsoft.com is fake/scam/phony besides approves MS partners which I believe there is none right now.




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  Reply # 482780 19-Jun-2011 13:17
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Lame, should have guessed.

Microsoft has been slow to meet the market in this area, I guess they don't want to step on the toes of their partners too much.

It quite pathetic that right now you can't go to Microsoft's site buy a Windows 7 key and download the iso legitimately.

I guess your next best option is Windows 7 Family Pack, 3 installs/keys for $250-300, should be still available at some computer stores.. but this is upgrade media so you need your old xp or vista keys handy and in order to do a clean install (always recommended imo) rather than an in place upgrade you need to use a few tricks.

http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media

Bottom line is that acquiring legit Windows 7 is way harder and more expensive (full retail pricing is retatded) than is should be.


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  Reply # 482875 19-Jun-2011 19:18
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Dont you get offered a deal when you have a dodgey install and then it fails the WGA stuff?




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  Reply # 496424 21-Jul-2011 21:13
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Hey,

Sorry to revive an old topic, I have a question... so can I buy a PC case or PC off trademe with a COA sticker and then install a copy on my own PC and use the registration key from the COA sticker?

Cheers 

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