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#1 MxAa
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I'm looking for a copy of Windows 7 Home edition 64 bit OEM for less then 100 bucks. Anyone know a good site that does student discounts for windows 7 OEM? Please don't refer me to the windows site as that student discount is for the upgrade version.

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#2 GummiRaccoon
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I'm looking for a copy of Windows 7 Home edition 64 bit OEM for less then 100 bucks. Anyone know a good site that does student discounts for windows 7 OEM? Please don't refer me to the windows site as that student discount is for the upgrade version.

MxAa

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/pd/productID.216644200/flyout.true

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#3 MxAa
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[QUOTE="MxAa"]

I'm looking for a copy of Windows 7 Home edition 64 bit OEM for less then 100 bucks. Anyone know a good site that does student discounts for windows 7 OEM? Please don't refer me to the windows site as that student discount is for the upgrade version.

GummiRaccoon

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/pd/productID.216644200/flyout.true

...... Did you not read my last sentence? This is not the OEM version.

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#4 MxAa
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Update*** Question... I have windows xp installed on my hard drive. When I replace my motherboard and install windows 7, will I need the upgrade version or the OEM version? I've read sometimes previous operating system won't boot with new motherboard. So in short how do I know if I'll be installing on top of windows xp or from scratch?

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#5 GummiRaccoon
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[QUOTE="GummiRaccoon"]

[QUOTE="MxAa"]

I'm looking for a copy of Windows 7 Home edition 64 bit OEM for less then 100 bucks. Anyone know a good site that does student discounts for windows 7 OEM? Please don't refer me to the windows site as that student discount is for the upgrade version.

MxAa

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/pd/productID.216644200/flyout.true

...... Did you not read my last sentence? This is not the OEM version.

enjoy being an idiot

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#6 Eastdabest
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Got this straight from the MS site

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

And on top of that its only $64 for students. Youre not restricted to just the OEM version.

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#7 Bikouchu35
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Got this straight from the MS site

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

And on top of that its only $64 for students. Youre not restricted to just the OEM version.

Eastdabest

People here manage to transfer their rights from mobo with oem anyway even though stated otherwise.

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[QUOTE="Eastdabest"]

Got this straight from the MS site

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

And on top of that its only $64 for students. Youre not restricted to just the OEM version.

Bikouchu35

People here manage to transfer their rights from mobo with oem anyway even though stated otherwise.

Exactly. Those OEM rules are more for pre-builts(talking about being tied to motherboard). While legaly MS could impose those rules on retail purchased copied of Windows OEM, they do not. I have upgraded many times, and told MS that I had a new PC including motherboard. The only thing they cared about is how many PC it is installed on at once. Retail purchased OEM copies can be installed on as many PC's as you want as long as it is only installed on one at a time.
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#9 JigglyWiggly_
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Uhm, dreamspark if you are in college. I got all teh os'z for free
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#10 mbrockway
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[QUOTE="Eastdabest"]

Got this straight from the MS site

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

And on top of that its only $64 for students. Youre not restricted to just the OEM version.

Bikouchu35

People here manage to transfer their rights from mobo with oem anyway even though stated otherwise.

OEM is not tied to a computer, its tied to the hardware you bought it with. Could be a stick of ram, a motherboard, or even a keyboard. Since you already have XP, you can buy the 7 update instead and use it to do a clean install. I bought Vista business before 7 came out to get the free upgrade to 7 professional.
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Update*** Question... I have windows xp installed on my hard drive. When I replace my motherboard and install windows 7, will I need the upgrade version or the OEM version? I've read sometimes previous operating system won't boot with new motherboard. So in short how do I know if I'll be installing on top of windows xp or from scratch?

MxAa

1. Back up all your important files to external drives before doing the upgrade.

2. Upgrade the hardware and make sure they're physically installed correctly. Leave XP in the hard drive.

3. Insert Win 7 Upgrade into optical drive. Make sure the BIOS is set to boot the optical drive first.

4. The Win 7 Upgrade DVD will detect the old XP install and will start the process of its own installation.

To be honest, $99 for the full OEM Win 7 is good. See newegg.com.

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#12 jun_aka_pekto
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Uhm, dreamspark if you are in college. I got all teh os'z for freeJigglyWiggly_
I thought that only applied to Server 2008 R2, not Win 7.

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#13 JigglyWiggly_
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[QUOTE="JigglyWiggly_"]Uhm, dreamspark if you are in college. I got all teh os'z for freejun_aka_pekto

I thought that only applied to Server 2008 R2, not Win 7.

I got windows 7 with dreamspark as well.
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#14 jun_aka_pekto
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[QUOTE="jun_aka_pekto"]

[QUOTE="JigglyWiggly_"]Uhm, dreamspark if you are in college. I got all teh os'z for freeJigglyWiggly_

I thought that only applied to Server 2008 R2, not Win 7.

I got windows 7 with dreamspark as well.

I guess it's not offered where I am. But, I do have Server 2008 R2 in my home server (part of my lab this semester).

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#15 JigglyWiggly_
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I used win2k8r2 for a bit and i lol'd and never used it again. Maybe I am an elitist
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I used win2k8r2 for a bit and i lol'd and never used it again. Maybe I am an elitistJigglyWiggly_

For what it is supposed to do it does it well. Linux is just better at different things.

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[QUOTE="JigglyWiggly_"]I used win2k8r2 for a bit and i lol'd and never used it again. Maybe I am an elitistGummiRaccoon

For what it is supposed to do it does it well. Linux is just better at different things.

You can do the same things in samba like active directory except it's like 50000x more complicated, so you are leet for doing it.
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#18 GummiRaccoon
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[QUOTE="GummiRaccoon"]

[QUOTE="JigglyWiggly_"]I used win2k8r2 for a bit and i lol'd and never used it again. Maybe I am an elitistJigglyWiggly_

For what it is supposed to do it does it well. Linux is just better at different things.

You can do the same things in samba like active directory except it's like 50000x more complicated, so you are leet for doing it.

Why spend so much time administering active directory in a linux environment when you can just use server 2k8r2 and then spend all of your time doing other things?

I've seen both implementations and doing AD in linux is clunky at best.

A real man uses multiple OSes for multiple purposes.

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#19 JigglyWiggly_
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[QUOTE="JigglyWiggly_"][QUOTE="GummiRaccoon"]

For what it is supposed to do it does it well. Linux is just better at different things.

GummiRaccoon

You can do the same things in samba like active directory except it's like 50000x more complicated, so you are leet for doing it.

Why spend so much time administering active directory in a linux environment when you can just use server 2k8r2 and then spend all of your time doing other things?

I've seen both implementations and doing AD in linux is clunky at best.

A real man uses multiple OSes for multiple purposes.

no a real man makes their life more complicated to show off their e-penis
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#20 Bikouchu35
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OEM is not tied to a computer, its tied to the hardware you bought it with. Could be a stick of ram, a motherboard, or even a keyboard. Since you already have XP, you can buy the 7 update instead and use it to do a clean install. I bought Vista business before 7 came out to get the free upgrade to 7 professional.mbrockway

Tied to motherboard. MS was just being vague for w.e reason.

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#21 superclocked
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[QUOTE="Bikouchu35"]

[QUOTE="Eastdabest"]

Got this straight from the MS site

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

And on top of that its only $64 for students. Youre not restricted to just the OEM version.

mbrockway

People here manage to transfer their rights from mobo with oem anyway even though stated otherwise.

OEM is not tied to a computer, its tied to the hardware you bought it with. Could be a stick of ram, a motherboard, or even a keyboard. Since you already have XP, you can buy the 7 update instead and use it to do a clean install. I bought Vista business before 7 came out to get the free upgrade to 7 professional.

I'm pretty sure that it's only tied to the mac address of the motherboard. Someone correct me if I'm wrong here