Windows xp pro $25 too good too be true ?

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  1. Surf and Turf macrumors regular

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  2. seanf macrumors 6502

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    Absolutely. There are hundred of these sites around that claim they sell software for extremely low prices and they are all scams. The cheapest way to get a legal copy of XP is to buy an OEM version.

    Sean :)
     
  3. Surf and Turf thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks, i guess i will just buy the full version. I just wanted to see if anyone has bought from this company
     
  4. br0adband macrumors 6502a

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    OEM *is* a full copy, just not one you can get on store shelves like in Best Buy/CompUSA/etc. It's the version of XP Pro sold to companies like Dell and Gateway and HP to install on their own line of products. Same software, just typically in some form of brand-specific packaging.

    You save money buying an OEM version because typically it will install on any machine - except the Dell ones. They're tied to the BIOS in a Dell machine and usually will not install on anything but a Dell, but I've read cases and heard from people that said it'll install on anything. I don't have anything but Dell hardware to test so I can't say yes or no on that one.

    I think you're safe getting an OEM copy as long as it comes with the hologram CD and the Certificate of Authenticity sticker (the COA light green sticker with the Product Key you normally find on the PC it's installed on).

    Save yourself a few bucks, find a real OEM copy from someplace and buy it.

    Hope this helps...
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  5. generik macrumors 601

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    Why trouble yourself so much? Just do it like most teenagers and get it from the free online retailer. :rolleyes:

    I would at least wait till Vista is out before forking out coin for a new Microsoft OS.
     
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  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    They also have the OEM version of OS X 10.4 Tiger for $25

    So we all know how legitimate those copies are and how easy it is to get an overstock OEM version of Tiger.

    [​IMG]

    Of course what do you expect from a Malaysian company, besides the possibility that you credit card info will be sold to somebody else. :rolleyes:
     
  8. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816

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    Lol look at the platforms. lets all run linux on windows :rolleyes: it will install on any pc :)
     
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  10. amin macrumors 6502a

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    Yes too good to be true.

    On a separate note, if you buy an OEM version you can't upgrade it later.
     
  11. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    Not true. I don't know what the license says you can or cannot do, but the installation process proceeds without incident.
     
  12. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    Buy Cheap Adobe Photoshop CS Now!

    Adobe Photoshop CS
    Retail Price: $6000
    You Save A Whopping $570!
    Operating System: Windows
    Our Price: $30 only!

    Someone cant do math, or something. o_O
     
  13. seanf macrumors 6502

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    What amin meant is that you cannot upgrade from an OEM copy of XP to Vista. When Vista comes out you will need to buy a full version of that (can be OEM again) rather than an an upgrade version.

    Sean :)
     
  14. amin macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks Sean. I would have thought Bill Gates would be aware of such an issue :p.
     
  15. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Actually, retail price is $600, subtract $570 and you end up with $30...
     
  16. Ladybug macrumors 65816

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    I think what's even scarier about this deal is not the pirated software, its giving them your credit card info. *shivers... "Back away slowly, then run very very fast" :D
     
  17. seanf macrumors 6502

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    These sort of sites generally only exist to get credit card numbers, they don't even bother trying to pass off pirated software as genuine.

    Sean :)
     
  18. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

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    On the MS website there's a list of people they are either suing or have sued for selling fake copies of Windows.

    Just buy the OEM version of XP (Home or Professional, I don't see much benefit of Pro). I'm not sure what someone's saying about not upgrading. I had an OEM version on my old PC and it upgraded to SP2 fine, and upgrading the OEM on my iMac to Vista worked fine.
     
  19. YoNeX macrumors regular

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    or you can go to Microsoft to get a good deal on the software. Typically XP is either free or $15 depending on the setup for your school.

    http://www.msdnaa.net/search/SchoolSearch.aspx

    Find your school, and reek the deals of getting an inexpensive copy of XP (and other Microsoft software). All legit too. Students only, sadly. :D
     
  20. bob5820 macrumors 6502a

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    Seem like this is highly dependent on
    1) if your school is a member
    2) which departments are eligable
     
  21. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    I always just buy OEM copies so I was unaware. :eek:
     
  22. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Trust me, I would not touch Vista with a ten foot pole. :rolleyes: It's DRMed to hell and I won't buy it until either A) The Open Source community finds a patch and disables all that crap or B) Windows decides to stop monkeying around with what it does with our computer.
     
  23. macman2790 macrumors 6502a

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    i used a program from my flashdrive to steal a serial key for windows xp pro from the library at school so i could use it on a downloaded one. I even authenticated it on microsoft.com. it made me feel like i was getting windows for what its actually worth
     
  24. rafifreak00 macrumors regular

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    don't get me wrong, i hate micro$oft,
    but i think that's gone a bit too far...
     

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