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Windows 7: Can't find a reputable seller who is selling Win 7 Pro/Ultimate

03 Mar 2014   #21
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HaneZane001 View Post
...Yikes, I didn't know amazon has sold counterfeits before. Anyways should I just buy Windows 7 Ultimate from here:Amazon.com: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate [Old Version]: Software

or here:

FRYS.com | Microsoft

except the fry's one is out of stock atm.
Your first link looks promising despite my paranoia. Just be aware that is a Marketplace vendor without any backing from Amazon.

Fry's is one of three places I trust buying software from (the other two being NewEgg and software manufacturers). They are notorious, however, for being one of the first to run out discontinued items (at least, the Phoenix and Tempe stores are but then, they stay out of a lot of stock). I swear I got the last copy of Office 2010 back in November of 2012. Fry's put the Family Pack on sale for $99. I got the last one off the shelf and didn't see anymore after that.


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03 Mar 2014   #22
margrave

Size 12
 
 

Are you sure you need the Professional or Ultimate version?

If you're not going over 16 GB RAM, there's little in the high-end version that you're likely to need.
The high-end versions are for corporate use.
Do you need (or can you even use) the domain feature?
Do you need native disk encryption?
Do you need the advanced backup capability?

If you need those, go high. If not, here are the Home Premium versions for only $100 ...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Newegg.com
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (Slim Envelope) - Operating Systems



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03 Mar 2014   #23
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

@margrave,

I think those are oem.

The op is trying to find full retail. Scarcity value and popularity driving the prices up.

It won't get any easier. MS doesn't want you to buy them. OEM's not allowed to sell ( or maybe ship ) win7 consumer machines after 31st Oct. I don't think they online sellers can get boxed retail editions any more either.

There still seem to be quite a few boxed system builder oem out there. Not sure how long they will last.
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03 Mar 2014   #24
HaneZane001

Windows XP 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by margrave View Post
Are you sure you need the Professional or Ultimate version?

If you're not going over 16 GB RAM, there's little in the high-end version that you're likely to need.
The high-end versions are for corporate use.
Do you need (or can you even use) the domain feature?
Do you need native disk encryption?
Do you need the advanced backup capability?

If you need those, go high. If not, here are the Home Premium versions for only $100 ...
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Newegg.com
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit (Slim Envelope) - Operating Systems


My new system I'm putting together may go over 16 gigs of RAM when the time comes to upgrade. I also forgot to mention I want to start collecting operating systems so it'd be nice to get Win 7 Ultimate to start my collection. Since I only own an XP upgrade disk & its key (it's also out of the box and such), also those links are OEM sadly.
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03 Mar 2014   #25
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Something to keep in mind is Win 7 Ultimate is the version most frequently counterfeited.
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03 Mar 2014   #26
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You can save a lot of money by making your own universal disc. But you`d still need the key to activate.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

Here are some more retail discs.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/searchpa...s&st=windows+7
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03 Mar 2014   #27
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
...Here are some more retail discs.

windows 7 - Best Buy
Only in BestBuy's Marketplace. I doubt they are any more trustworthy than Amazon's.
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03 Mar 2014   #28
HaneZane001

Windows XP 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You can save a lot of money by making your own universal disc. But you`d still need the key to activate.

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

Here are some more retail discs.

windows 7 - Best Buy
Yeah but what about that key since I heard if you buy a key for a edition like HP it will only work on HP and not Ultimate. Also bestbuy is selling the full version it seems for $415.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Something to keep in mind is Win 7 Ultimate is the version most frequently counterfeited.
it kinda figures since it sells for the most.
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03 Mar 2014   #29
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

w7 Ultimate was released at $399 if I recall so anything under that is a deal. It's the key, not the install media, that determines what version you can install and activate.
I do trust Amazon, but you should look for the "A to Z Guarantee" when buying, they will refund your money if you should get a counterfeit.

Some that have been linked to are the "old" version, meaning they don't have SP1 included which can be overcome by making your own media and using the purchased key.

See the Note under "Here's How": Clean Install Windows 7
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03 Mar 2014   #30
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, you would need the proper key.

I`m not surprised at all at the high prices, Windows 7 retail is like gold.

At least in my opinion

If you upgrade the motherboard now, and don`t plan to change it, and that motherboard lasts more then a few years, Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 Bit OEM is all you`ll ever need.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116992
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