Best place to buy Windows OS full version?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by entatlrg, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Went to Best Buy today to buy a full version of windows to load on my mac ... I was surprised by the full version price so I didn't buy it...

    I see eBay has lot's for sale, does anyone know any other places I can buy and maybe download windows for a half decent price?
  2. steve2112 macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2009
    East of Lyra, Northwest of Pegasus
    eBay is not a bad place to look, but just be careful of pirated software. If it sounds too cheap to be true, it probably is. I would also check Newegg or TigerDirect. They usually have pretty good prices.
  3. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
  4. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    The simplest and most reasonably priced way is to buy a Microsoft System Builder disk version of it from places like Fry's, etc. They are fully licensed Microsoft products- the primary difference between them is they are licensed for use on one machine/CPU.

    The user license on retail Windows disks allow one to uninstall it from one CPU and then reuse the license to install it on another, but the license for System Builder disks specifies it for use with a single system/CPU.

    The advantage to the System Builder editions is that they run just under half the price of a retail installer and are otherwise identical. I have purchased over a dozen for client installs now and have yet to have a problem. Some examples at

    [​IMG]XP Home for $89
    [​IMG]XP Pro for $139
    [​IMG]Vista Home Premium 32 Bit for $99
    all the way up to
    [​IMG]Vista Ultimate 64 Bit for $179

    You can see all the System Builders at newegg [​IMG]here. Oh and BTW- please don't confuse these disks with the $30 versions offered by all the scam "OEM/Cheap Software" sites out there that sell you a pirated download copy of Windows with a keygenned fake license/product key.:(
  5. madog macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2004
    Korova Milkbar
    System builder (as stated above), otherwise known as OEM (OEM by itself is a regular name, but there are some sketchy sites out there). They don't come with the fancy box and have less printed material with them if any, but is otherwise the exact same disk with the same data on it (depending on which flavor you get, Pro, Ultimate Expanse Spectacular, whatever).

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