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found a very cheap copy of windows 7 professional on amazon. is this a trustable license?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B008OS5NKW/?tag=pcp0f-21
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  1. I would say so, the amazon rating of the store is 4 and half stars out of 5 and amazon only let legit sellers on it , so yeah, it's legit
  2. If it comes with an oem dell product key then it is not technically legal.
  3. Seems to be legit, but as you can see from the picture, the disc is not a normal OEM disc (it says Dell on it), and was probably not meant for sale.
  4. Anyone know better alternatives of a better price? professional if possible but home premium is just as good
    How does this one look: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Microsoft-Windows-7-Professional-64-Bit-Full-Version-Coa-Product-Key-Life-time-/141322730605?pt=UK_Computing_Software_Software_SR&hash=item20e77dbc6d seems to have better reviews than the amazon one but just a slightly higher price tag of £6
    how'd about this one: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Microsoft-Windows-7-Professional-64Bit-Full-System-Builder-DVD-Pack-SP1-sealed-/281411168749?pt=UK_Computing_Software_Software_SR&hash=item418569a9ed
  5. Dell installation CDs can't be used legally except for the Dell system they were sold with. The disk is also likely tailored for a specific machine with specific hardware drivers, and may not work on a different machine. Dell is clever that way.

    The first one you linked to on Ebay has a similar problem; see the label "Already installed on your computer." That license is used and tied to the original hardware. The second one looks legit, but I have no way of knowing if that's what you will really get.
  6. WyomingKnott said:
    Dell installation CDs can't be used legally except for the Dell system they were sold with. The disk is also likely tailored for a specific machine with specific hardware drivers, and may not work on a different machine. Dell is clever that way.

    The first one you linked to on Ebay has a similar problem; see the label "Already installed on your computer." That license is used and tied to the original hardware. The second one looks legit, but I have no way of knowing if that's what you will really get.


    In that case, where would you recommend is the most suitable place to buy windows 7 from at a low cost.
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    Where do you live? I'm in the US and use US sources; sounds like you are in England. I'll provide a link to the wonderful list of international sources.

    But there are really four possibilities. In increasing order of cost: Black market (cracked, torrented, whatever) which are illegal and likely pre-loaded with malware.

    Grey market, like an OEM disk provided to or by a manufacturer of PCs that may or may not work with your hardware. Sometimes it's hard to tell grey from white on eBay. There are perfectly good unused licenses there, but I wouldn't go for anything other than Full Retail in original shrink wrap.

    White market, here in the US old stock at Staples, Microcenter, or the ever-reliable Newegg.com, but now we're getting up the price ladder to over $100 US.

    At this level what are labeled "OEM" versions from Microsoft are likely legit - meant for manufacturers, but allowed for home builders. The OEM license can only be used on one system; if you build a new one an OEM license can't be transferred and a full retail can. BTW, Windows 8 licensing is simpler.

    Gold market: Buy it from Microsoft. For all I know, they have discontinued sales of W7.


    Here's the list; UK is fairly far down. http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-1643019/guide-international-users-links-part-stores.html
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