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Windows 7: Where do people get their copy?

08 Oct 2009   #1

Windows Vista
Where do people get their copy?

I've searched the internet and Twitter, and noticed that people have the final version of Windows 7 already. Where and how are people getting it? Is it a legal copy?

I'm getting the free upgrade (bought my laptop in August 09) but I have to wait until Oct 22. How do people already have theirs?

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08 Oct 2009   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Most of the users that have windows 7 activated are subscribers to MSDN/Technet MSDN/AA and other available programs... they range in price from several hundreds of dollars to as little as $19.99... it depends on your circumstances.. We wont talk about piracy ... k??
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08 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

Most of the people who got it early got it through paid subscriptions to MS Technet which provides access to a huge library of MS software often before it is publicly released. Also there is something similar for developers and certain others called MSDN which provides access to W7 RTM among other things. MS has also been giving away copies at Launch Events and now also to people who were selected to be hosts of "Launch Parties."

Then some of these copies inevitably make their way to the general public in the form of torrents which anyone can download (not legally however) if they know how to go about that. Of course, many of those copies are tampered with and some might even contain malware, so caution is indicated if going that route (which, to be clear, I am not recommending).
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08 Oct 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

As others have said, I got my copy through my MSDN subscription at work. However, my MSDN subscription isn't intended to be used on home while I downloaded the media at work...I didn't bring home one of the associated keys to use on my own personal computer.

I was able to activate mine at home last night after having attended the Microsoft New Efficiency launch event yesterday in Detroit. One of the freebies given out was a copy of Windows 7 Ultimate with a key. I used this key to activate my MSDN copy of the OS that I installed at home. Thus making me 100% legit.

I too have a free Windows 7 upgrade coming as well from a copy of Vista Ultimate 64-bit OEM that I bought for my new computer in July. At the time, I wasn't enrolled in the New Efficiency launch I didn't realize I would come across a legal free copy. Oh well, now I have a second copy in the event that I decide to build another computer or install it onto one of my other PC's in my house.
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08 Oct 2009   #5

win XP/Win7

I bought my copy pre ordered from Provantage back in the end of august, they already sent me the Family pack Win 7 Home edition.
At the times there were only a couple of stores selling the pre orders.
I paid $149 for 3 Keys.
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08 Oct 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional, Windows XP

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08 Oct 2009   #7

Windows 3.11

I got mine from torrents
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08 Oct 2009   #8

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by v0id View Post
I got mine from torrents
No talk of torrents here!!!
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08 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 3.11

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08 Oct 2009   #10
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1

well i got mine from a rearmed chinese frankenstein.

i've got my copy of home premium preordered from amazon, hopefully arriving in a couple of weeks...
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