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What Is a Branded Version?

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January 5, 2012 11:39:24 PM

What is a branded version of Windows 7?

How does it differ from a regular (OEM) version?

They sell for less than the regular (OEM) versions.

For instance, at DiscountMountain
http://www.discountmountainsoftware.com/miwi7prfuveo6.h...
1 866 641-2563 M-F 9-5MST

the branded is $106 whereas the regular is $136.

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January 5, 2012 11:48:47 PM

TomBrooklyn said:
What is a branded version of Windows 7?

How does it differ from a regular (OEM) version?

They sell for less than the regular (OEM) versions.

For instance, at DiscountMountain
http://www.discountmountainsoftware.com/miwi7prfuveo6.h...
1 866 641-2563 M-F 9-5MST

the branded is $106 whereas the regular is $136.



Hi :) 

Basically its an illegal version.....

They have bought some excess stock from a manufacturer and are breaking Microsofts terms and conditions by selling them...

I wouldnt buy one as if you ever have to get in touch with MS they wont help and may make you buy a legal version, also there is a fair chance that the WGA tool in windows updates may find it, than you get a lovely background message saying you have an illegal version of Windows....

All the best Brett :) 
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January 6, 2012 9:43:53 AM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 
Basically its an illegal version.....
They have bought some excess stock from a manufacturer and are breaking Microsofts terms and conditions by selling them...

I wouldnt buy one as if you ever have to get in touch with MS they wont help and may make you buy a legal version, also there is a fair chance that the WGA tool in windows updates may find it, than you get a lovely background message saying you have an illegal version of Windows....
All the best Brett :) 

Hi Brett:
If it's illegal, how is it that retail companies with a fairly large web presence and good ratings from customers like DiscountMountain are selling it openly? Apparently, Microsoft hasn't even attempted to stop them from selling the product, hasn't made any announcements denouncing the sales or issued any warnings to consumers, and the seller's customers are not complaining.
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January 6, 2012 9:47:45 AM

kajabla said:
Why do you want Windows Pro? Unless you need an easy way to run XP, it really doesn't offer anything Home doesn't give you for $100. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/co...
Hi kajabla,
That's a good question.
I thought maybe backing up to a home network might be worth it. And I thought maybe it would help me network a couple of computers easier. With Windows XP Pro and Windows XP regular, I was never able to get two computers networked properly, so I figured I might have a better chance of doing so with Windows 7 Pro than regular Windows. I don't know if I have any programs that will only run under XP. I might because I have Office 2003. I wonder now if that will run under W7?
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January 6, 2012 10:06:54 AM

TomBrooklyn said:
Hi Brett:
If it's illegal, how is it that retail companies with a fairly large web presence and good ratings from customers like DiscountMountain are selling it openly? Apparently, Microsoft hasn't even attempted to stop them from selling the product, hasn't made any announcements denouncing the sales or issued any warnings to consumers, and the seller's customers are not complaining.



Hi TOM :) 

They get away with it because customers who got something cheap dont complain to Microsoft....

You could always email or ring MS, I am sure they WILL stop them selling them and probably take them to court as well once they know about it...

All the best Brett :) 
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January 6, 2012 10:10:19 AM

TomBrooklyn said:
Hi kajabla,
That's a good question.
I thought maybe backing up to a home network might be worth it. And I thought maybe it would help me network a couple of computers easier. With Windows XP Pro and Windows XP regular, I was never able to get two computers networked properly, so I figured I might have a better chance of doing so with Windows 7 Pro than regular Windows. I don't know if I have any programs that will only run under XP. I might because I have Office 2003. I wonder now if that will run under W7?


Hi Again :) 

Office 2003 and ANY earlier version of Office will run fine in WIN7 , you dont need pro, and the networking stuff (called Homegroups) in Windows 7 is exactly the same in all versions, I run Home, Pro and Ultimate on various machines and the only advantages of Pro and Ultimate are that you can run a virtual machine for old programs that ran in XP and some wont run in 7.

All the best Brett :) 
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January 16, 2012 2:07:46 PM

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January 16, 2012 2:13:46 PM

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