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Getting a copy of windows 7

I'm thinking of building my own computer and I was wondering if it would be possible to buy an old unboxed Vista or XP OS and then buy the windows 7 upgrade so as to save some money. Windows 7 costs around 100$ retail but the upgrades are only around 30$. What stops people from doing what I'm proposing?
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  1. I think because it is messy if you need to rebuild your system, you would need to install vista, then 7.

    Not sure if you can upgrade from xp to 7
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    velif said:
    I'm thinking of building my own computer and I was wondering if it would be possible to buy an old unboxed Vista or XP OS and then buy the windows 7 upgrade so as to save some money. Windows 7 costs around 100$ retail but the upgrades are only around 30$. What stops people from doing what I'm proposing?



    I would guess that most people wanting W7 already own XP. I don't see anything wrong with your plan provided you buy a legitimate copy of XP or Vista. My understanding is that you must actually install the old OS to use the upgrade version.
  3. ram1009 said:
    I would guess that most people wanting W7 already own XP. I don't see anything wrong with your plan provided you buy a legitimate copy of XP or Vista. My understanding is that you must actually install the old OS to use the upgrade version.


    You can install the upgrade as a normal one with a registry hack, but yes, it need an already installed OS to activate. I upgraded once, now, I'm fresh installing with the registry. It saves you lot of time that having to install an OS twice.
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