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Windows 7: Buy legal Win 7 64 bit

17 Mar 2015   #1
JIMJFOX

Parallels 9 on OSX10.8
 
 
Buy legal Win 7 64 bit

Hi,

I ran several versions of Windows on my Mac using Parallels Virtual Machine, up to Win XP.
Then I 'upgraded' to Win7 instead of buying a complete new version.
Since then, endless problems getting Activation Keys- long expensive phone calls to Windows
'support' (I use that term loosely!); eventually I gave up, threw away my Windows discs in frustration.

Now it seems the best solution is to buy a clean new non-OEM version. Opinions? Advice where to buy?

TIA
Jim


PS- The disaster of Vista impelled me to go Mac, also that the software was at the time a fraction of the price of Windows...


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17 Mar 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JIMJFOX View Post

Now it seems the best solution is to buy a clean new non-OEM version. Opinions? Advice where to buy?
Non-OEM is between difficult and impossible to find now. Has been that way for quite a while--a year or more?

You might get very lucky and find someone who still has old stock or you could thrown yourself on the mercy of Ebay or other shaky sources.

What's wrong with OEM in your case? Win 7 Home Premium can be had for $80 frequently. I saw that price in the last few days. Also saw Professional for $120. All through standard sources---Newegg, Tiger Direct, Amazon, etc.
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17 Mar 2015   #3
JIMJFOX

Parallels 9 on OSX10.8
 
 

Thank you for very prompt reply!

My Mac is 4 years old and I read that OEM is locked to ONE machine. So when it needs replacement the Win7 cannot be transferred?
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17 Mar 2015   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JIMJFOX View Post
Thank you for very prompt reply!

My Mac is 4 years old and I read that OEM is locked to ONE machine. So when it needs replacement the Win7 cannot be transferred?
OEM is at least theoretically locked to the motherboard.

But there are continual reports that Microsoft is somewhat lenient on that issue, particularly if you happen to talk to the right person on the phone at Microsoft when you try to activate Windows after replacing your motherboard---particularly if you've replaced the failed motherboard with an identical or near-identical motherboard.

Anecdotally, they may be even more lenient now that everyone knows that "retail" versions are so hard to find.

If you have 7, 8, or 8.1 installed, you'll be able to upgrade to 10 "free" when it is released later this year, but it's not yet clear exactly how that will work or what restrictions will apply. It's likely to be fed to you through Windows Update, rather than via a disc or downloadable ISO that you could actually burn to a disc.
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17 Mar 2015   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Last retail copy of 7 was about 350.us
Not sure where I believe Amazon where supplies were slim 1 left
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