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Windows 7: Massively inconsisent pricing

24 Oct 2010   #11
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

You really need to read each description from each seller.
The 3rd link looks like OEM versions which are locked to the first PC you install it on. Also you get only one disk, either 32bit or 64bit.

The Full and Upgrade versions have both 32bit and 64bit disks and can be reinstalled on any system but only one at a time.

The 40 from the 2nd link is just a product key to upgrade from Home ver to Pro ver. Its called Anytime Upgrade. And some of the others are shipped from the US.

Jim


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24 Oct 2010   #12
twinbee

Windows 7 Home and XP
 
 

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The 3rd link looks like OEM versions which are locked to the first PC you install it on.
Okay so let's say I need to upgrade the motherboard in the future, or the hard drive / SSD breaks, can I make the change/upgrade if need be? I thought OEM meant a lesser warranty, minimal packaging and no 'extras', but the lock in sounds like a concern. At any time, I'll keep it on one PC, so I intent to stay legal.

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Also you get only one disk, either 32bit or 64bit.
I'll just choose and keep with 64bit, so that's not a concern.

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The 40 from the 2nd link is just a product key to upgrade from Home ver to Pro ver. Its called Anytime Upgrade. And some of the others are shipped from the US.
How did you figure that out? It doesn't say. In fact, I tried "adding to basket" to see what it would say, and the item was listed as:

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Full Version (PC DVD), 1 User - Microsoft; DVD-ROM
Condition: New
In stock
40.00
You Save:
179.99 (81%)

Thanks for looking at those. Some of the confusion is lifting, though the massive disparity in the prices is still weird... (80 difference (100 -> 180) just because of OEM is still big)
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24 Oct 2010   #13
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

[QUOTE=twinbee;1033877]
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Condition: New
In stock
40.00
You Save:
179.99 (81%)

Thanks for looking at those. Some of the confusion is lifting, though the massive disparity in the prices is still weird... (80 difference (100 -> 180) just because of OEM is still big)
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Considering it is an OS, go to a local store so you know what you are getting. If you have Windows on your system now, you can get the Upgrade. If not you need the Full Version. If you buy the OEM, it locks the OS and computer together.
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24 Oct 2010   #14
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Why dont you buy straight from Microsoft?

Purchase Windows 7 Upgrades and Featured Accessories

Unless you need the specific features of pro, I would suggest you buy the home premium family pack. If you see the link above, you get three licenses for $150. Thats a great deal. See the link below for a comparison of features between different editions.

Compare Windows 7 Editions

BTW, Pro upgrade is priced at $200 in the MS store.
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24 Oct 2010   #15
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Buying the 40.00 one from amazon you will get the product you paid for, since it adds to the basket as shown below.

If you don't get the proper thing, open a claim with Amazon.com.


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25 Oct 2010   #16
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Here is the listing for the 40.00.

Massively inconsisent pricing-pro.png

Read the last line. It states it is Anytime Upgrade. Anytime Upgrade is a special procedure to upgrade from one version of Win 7 to a higher version and is just the new Product Code.

The OEM version was originally sold to PC vendors to be used when they sold a new system and is tied to the PC it is first installed on. You can repair the PC with new parts as long as it matches the original equipment and it will be fine, but you cant upgrade to a newer motherboard.

I know it gets confusing so if you find what you want post back and we will review it. If you own a copy of XP or Vista you can use the Upgrade disks, but there are set procedures to get it to activate.

Jim


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25 Oct 2010   #17
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Weird. It said full version with DVD for me... That's confusing as heck.
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25 Oct 2010   #18
twinbee

Windows 7 Home and XP
 
 

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Read the last line. It states it is Anytime Upgrade.
Like LiquidSnak, it doesn't for me either. Maybe it's because I'm in the UK and the site adjusts itself accordingly - I dunno.

I'm tempted to get the 70 ($120) one just below - does that say 'anytime upgrade' for you as well? This is a bit confusing.

Thanks all anyway. I've got a decision to make now. Everything hinges on whether I want to risk getting a version which locks itself to the motherboard. It's a new motherboard (Asus P5QL Pro), but it could break (unlikely), or I might find that 16 GB RAM (its max) isn't enough in the future as I do some heavy graphics work. In theory though it should take the new Fermi GPU I hope also to get in the future.
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25 Oct 2010   #19
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Anyway, if you add it to your cart, and it says "full version" it doesn't matter, because if you don't get the full version, Amazon will take care of you
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25 Oct 2010   #20
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

The one for 40.00 is definitely the Anytime Upgrade. Take a look at on that page at the "25 new" and you'll see all that are available and the different prices.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-lis...&condition=new

The "Full Version" is 157.73
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