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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bobber205, Jul 3, 2006.
What's the lowest amount of money I can pay MS and still get a copy of XP Pro SP2?
i can purchase a students license through my university for 9 usdollars.
Mine was $10 with student discount. By far the best way to get one.
5 dollars at my school, though i think they've raised it to 10 since i graduated.
I know some schools give it for free.
Get it through Academic Alliance. It's free
Four bucks at RIT
Free from my dad (he works for NHS, they get free software stuff, just not mac )
Nice to know where the NHS budget deficit is going
had to buy my wife a Dell laptop last month and the option for buying XPSP2 on disc was £5.88 which now runs nicely on my black Macbook!
$9 for Windows, amazing deal.
Although, $9 is what I reckon Windoze is really worth...
My school offers XP Pro for $74.00, and Home edition isnt even listed on the site. They dont sell any software or hardware directly though, its all through special deals and subscriptions included in my tution through software companies and resellers (www.journeyed.com), so I guess that would explain why. Plus from what I can tell its the "upgrade" version, which means I need an older version of Windows previously installed for it to work dont I?
Oh well its not like I have an intel mac anyway...yet.
Wow $9 is seriously cheap..
Is it for the OEM version or is it an academic priced retail version?
so you copy of Xpsp2 is not legal since it was an OEM copy tied to the dell....
but yeah XP was free though my school for me.
That's what I understand.
What I don't know is whether you could use that upgrade on your intel mac, if you never use it on another computer. Anyone know?
It's an academic version. The licenses vary from school to school. They can be rather painful too.
OMG, you Americans are lucky. I paid USD150 for one copy of WindowsXP Pro, and this was not a bad deal in Thailand. BTW, can one license be used on two computers?
i believe legally you're susposed to have one license per computer.
you can buy in bulk though and save a few dollars
My Uni charges nothing, but you have to be part of a computer related course! So annoying.
my school only offers the pro upgrade and that costs $100.....so yeah the best place for me is ebay....
any non university $5 deals to be found?
I assume most if not all universities that offer MS software under contract have a similar license to mine (it's $10 here, and $25 for the full Office 2004 for Mac VPC included). That license is far more restrictive than even the standard academic license; it basically says "You are paying X dollars for the install disc and administrative costs, but you don't own anything. You may install this on your computer for as long as you go to school/work here, but as soon as you graduate/get another job you must remove the software and return the discs to us if requested." (Actually, it might say destroy the discs, but probably not.)
Essentially, it's not your license like with a normal software purchase, you're just paying admin fees so that you can use the campus MS software license at home. No idea how much that jacks up the price of tuition, but MS probably loves it since it locks all the students and employees into MS stuff PLUS they don't have to worry about piracy. In fact, even if you DON'T want it, you've already paid. I almost wish they didn't offer it for this reason--I have no idea what the "per student" tax is, even if they have no desire to use MS anything.
As for the original question, I could be mistaken, but if you're putting it on a Mac, wouldn't an OEM copy be legit, since it was the "virgin" OS, and would be linked with that machine? If so, XP Pro can be had for $140 at Newegg OEM.
Home is cheaper and might do it, but I'm under the impression that it only makes use of a single processor core, so on anything but a Core Solo Mini, you're wasting half your juice. Maybe that's ok, depending on what you're doing, though.
I attend a University.. I was wondering where/how you all were able to purchase copies of Windows through them? Do you need to be apart of a computer class of some sort or what?
I got the OEM from newegg for $129.99. the best price I could find in 15 minutes (splurging after I bought my imac)