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Windows 7: The PC OS World is Horrible

31 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 
The PC OS World is Horrible

Microsoft has made choosing an OS horrible. Going to Linux won't run all the programs I use, buying another License of Windows7 Professional costs almost $300 retail.

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31 Aug 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JerometheGiraff View Post
Microsoft has made choosing an OS horrible. Going to Linux won't run all the programs I use, buying another License of Windows7 Professional costs almost $300 retail.
There are discounts available all over. What country?
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01 Sep 2011   #3

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Actually... depending on what you want to do with the OS, Home basic should be enough and Pro doesnt cost that much I dont think....

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01 Sep 2011   #4

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

There is one bright side to this, I had several xp keys just go bad on me because I reformatted so much they apparently just decided they didn't like me anymore.

Anyhow, I told you that to tell you this, at least with windows 7 once you have a copy it's yours. You don't wind up fighting with them about re-installs for no reason.
That was my major problem with xp.
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01 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote:
There are discounts available all over. What country?
Canada
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01 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Why do you need another license? If you have one, you shouldn't need another for the same computer. You could always get a Mac, and pay for service packs.
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01 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

If you don't mind OEM and you're here in the states.
Professional x64 SP1, $15 off with promo code, until 09-05-11,
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, Laptops, Electronics, HDTVs, Digital Cameras and More!
Click on Software > Operating Systems.
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01 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yes, the retail version of Windows is expensive. It's not a big deal when you buy a new computer, because that OEM copy is cheap and you hardly notice. But if you are a computer enthusiast and have a few PC's at home, staying legit and sticking to Microsoft can get expensive.

your options:
1). Get an OEM copy. You save money, but technically it's tied to the computer...thus you cannot move it later to another PC.
2). Get a technet subscription. These are $200 for the first year and $149 a year to renew. You get copies of a ton of MS software and multiple license keys. Thus, you can download and run whatever you want, including Office. It's intended for IT professionals and the licensing says it's for "evaluation purposes". But a call to MS confirms that running it at home on home computers as a tech enthusiast is ok. If you don't renew, you won't have access to new downloads or new keys, but your existing keys keep working.
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01 Sep 2011   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I always knew about OEM, but I wanted some feed back although it is the most inexpensive option. How is it tied to the computer ?
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01 Sep 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Jerome,

When you activate a OEM copy of Windows 7, the product key number you used that came with it will be permanently tied to only being able to be used on that specific computer. You will never be able to use that product key number on a different computer afterwards.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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