Ok So I have looked and looked trying to find Windows 7 at a student discount for my new gaming build. I know someone mentioned getting windows 7 pro off of Dreamspark program from Microsoft, which would have been only $29.99 shipped to me, but I can't seem to get a username for that, so I have no idea where to grab a windows 7 copy at a student discount atm. Really wish to avoid paying like $89 for Win 7 Home Premium OEM or around $129 for Pro OEM if I can get Windows 7 Pro FULL for $29. Hell, even if it was $69 for a Pro upgrade will work as I can still clean install. Anyone have any ideas?
There are no student versions/licenses. You can only get a student discount through the college/university you are enrolled in, or through a related Microsoft program like Dreamspark. If your school is not involved in one of those, which they apparently aren't as they would provide that info, you have to buy it at normal price
The thing is, my school shows up as being a Dreamspark Premium member, I just have no idea how the hell to get a ID for it
If your school is a member they will have the info. Probably in a FAQ on the website. if you can't find it talk to your advisor or the IT department. We always bought ours though the student union or school website, not directly through Dreamspark.
You should also note that dreamspark premium, which offers the OS, is ONLY for qualifying technical departments. If you are not in a technical major, such as programming, your SOL. The school may still offer it directly though
Yes, I know it says it's an upgrade but it doesn't actually require you to have a genuine install of some of the previous versions. It also works with beta versions of 8, Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Release Preview to be precise:
To install the Windows 8 Pro upgrade, your PC must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows 8 Release Preview.
And the things you heard that make your skin crawl come from ignorant (to put it mildly) people. There's nothing wrong with gaming on 8. And if you're not a fan of metro UI, feel free to get the Classic Shell: http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/