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March 29, 2011 12:02:54 AM

Where can I buy the cheapest version of windows 7 home edition 64 bit?
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March 29, 2011 2:06:30 AM

If you know anyone whos a student, you can get it for $30 if they have it on the campus store, or pro is $65 on microsoft.com student deal.
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March 29, 2011 6:50:03 AM

those are all upgrades. I want OEM
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March 29, 2011 4:12:25 PM

Sorry I didnt notice they changed it, in January it was home premium full version. But campus stores still have full version.
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March 29, 2011 5:39:30 PM

k1114 said:
Sorry I didnt notice they changed it, in January it was home premium full version. But campus stores still have full version.


not on my campus
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March 29, 2011 5:50:47 PM

jaylim0512 said:
those are all upgrades. I want OEM


Why do you want oem?

Upgrade costs about the same.

Upgrade also comes in a three license family pack that costs only 30% more than a single license. A very good deal if you have a use for mote than one copy of windows 7.

Upgrade is considered as retail, entitling you to MS support, and hassle free transfer to a new pc.

With upgrade, you can still do a clean install and everything that oem does.
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March 29, 2011 6:42:00 PM

With an Upgrade you need a full installation of a previous OS on the system, he'd be paying for 2 licenses. And yes, there are tricks around that, but it's against the terms of use for the version.
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March 29, 2011 6:52:50 PM

hang-the-9 said:
With an Upgrade you need a full installation of a previous OS on the system, he'd be paying for 2 licenses. And yes, there are tricks around that, but it's against the terms of use for the version.


If you have a previous version of windows that you want to upgrade from, the upgrade is legitimate.

If you are upgrading from XP, or vista with an opposite 32 or 64 bit system, you are instructed by ms to do a clean install of windows 7.

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March 29, 2011 6:53:58 PM

Yeah what hang-the-9 said is why I can't buy an upgrade.
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a c 352 $ Windows 7
March 30, 2011 1:27:18 PM

geofelt said:
If you have a previous version of windows that you want to upgrade from, the upgrade is legitimate.

If you are upgrading from XP, or vista with an opposite 32 or 64 bit system, you are instructed by ms to do a clean install of windows 7.


Well, yea, but that means 2 licenses of an OS for a clean system. If you have Windows installed on a PC already, you can't take that disk and use it with an upgrade version on a second PC. You can still install an "Upgrade" version of Windows 7 on XP or whatever, you just can't do an upgrade installation.

If he has a clean system (which is what it sounds like he's not looking for an Upgrade version), no OS, so cheapest "legal" way is to get an OEM version.
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April 1, 2011 12:05:09 AM

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