Hello, do people already own a windows os if they build a pc or do they run it on something else? I have a;ways bought pre made pcs and they always came with a os, not sure what to do about getting an os for it if building one myself
Just buy and OEM system builders copy from somewhere like Amazon. This basically gets you a sticker with the product code and the install disks. In my opinion the best and legit way to do it. Now that Microsoft actually price their OS at a reasonable price I think it's well worth it because you get piece of mind and support from Microsoft if you need it.
I bought Windows 7 recently to upgrade my ageing windows XP rig and it was £69.99 from amazon for Win7 Home Premium 64bit.
You could of course use Linux if your an elitist and like spending ages making mundane every day things work it is free...
Also that is a bit of a dig at Linux users but I have used ubuntu in the past and in fairness it was excellent... it's just that I'm a gamer and it was just too limiting.
I would note that, unless Microsoft changed tunes with Windows 8, there is no Microsoft technical support when using OEM System Builder versions of the OS. Generally speaking, as long as you have access to the internet, this isn't an issue.
Unless I have an active Microsoft Technet subscription, I always purchase an OEM System Builder version of Windows with a new system.