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Windows 7: Buying Windows 7 - Cheapest option?


18 Feb 2010   #1

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Buying Windows 7 - Cheapest option?

Hi, I am looking to buy Windows 7 now, as my RC is running out in a couple of weeks.

Which is my best option to buy in the UK?

I need about 3-5 copies, for all of our PC's.

Also I am wondering which versions to get, I have a server that uses XP and would like easy access via the LAN.

This might help a lot of others with where to buy. In other countries too.
So any bargains etc. please feel free to list them.

Cheers!


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18 Feb 2010   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Have you considered a Microsoft TechNet Subscription ?
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18 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Have you considered a Microsoft TechNet Subscription ?
That'd probably be the cheapest option. Especially if you need more then one copy.
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18 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

You could load the Windows XP (server) machine with Windows Server 2003. It has the same base code as XP and has full support for Windows 7.
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18 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WindowsStar View Post
You could load the Windows XP (server) machine with Windows Server 2003. It has the same base code as XP and has full support for Windows 7.
The XP works no problem, was just mentioning it, incase it matters which version of Windows 7 is compatible(if there is any issues with different versions and XP machines via LAN).

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Have you considered a Microsoft TechNet Subscription ?
I have not heard of this. What would we have to do going by this option.
Could you enlighten me?

Also, the possible 4 copies would be for the families PC's and used solely for home use - gaming mostly. 3 in this home and 1 in my brothers.

Thanks.
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18 Feb 2010   #6

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Welcome

Here is information on Technet. I hope that you find it useful

Microsoft - Technet
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18 Feb 2010   #7

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

We have had some issues with Windows 7 connecting to Windows XP. (i.e. Shared Printers, Shared Drives). With a TechNet Subscription you should be able to get Windows Server 2003 to resolve those issues. It depends completely on how you are using the Windows XP machine as a server. Just giving you a heads up. You may want to consider loading the Windows XP machine with Windows 7 (if the machine will support it) and that will make sure you do not have issues.
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18 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Sorry for this, but I am not getting the Tech net idea. I can only find options for organizations.
No home user options. It seems to be that you rent software.

I was looking some kind of OEM version 5pack type option. Or the cheapest option to get Windows 7 on 3-5 PC's.

Excuse my ignorance.
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18 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ulti. x64
 
 

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18 Feb 2010   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Another voice suggesting that you check out the TechNet subscription. I'll let the cat out of the bag-that subscription will entitle you to a limited number of Windows 7 keys for the Windows 7 ISO file you download from their site.

For many reasons, a technet subscription is worth its weight in gold.
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