Best Place to Get Windows

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by apcpa2000, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. apcpa2000 macrumors member

    apcpa2000

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    I will be receiving my first Mac on Friday, and I want to install VM Fusion to run windwos so i can get into my Symantec VPN at work. I was curios what the best place to find the most affordable copy of windows was. I hate to spend 2 grand on a Mac and then have to dump another $250 just to get into work files.

    Will an OEM version work.

    Thanks.
     
  2. dtdrpepper macrumors newbie

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    OEM - Yes

    IMO ebay is a good place to buy (choose a reputable seller)

    newegg.com sells OEM also
     
  3. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    eBay or as the previous person mentioned, any reputable store.

    If you go to newegg and get an OEM version of XP or Vista - they might REQUIRE you to have to purchase some hardware. This is down to MS's agreement for companies such as newegg to be able to sell OEM software.

    Take a look - and see whats the best offer ;)

    pac

    :D
     
  4. webgoat macrumors 6502a

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    i purchased windows xp pro sp2 oem from newegg with no hardware purchase requirement... it was also my first ever purchase from newegg so i had no hardware purchases previous to the windows purchase either
     
  5. jaypunkrawk macrumors member

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    I have a great copy of Windows XP that I bought back when it came out...wish there was some way to attach SP2 to my install disk so I could use it. Any ideas?
     
  6. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030

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  7. spank2223 macrumors member

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    newegg or check techbargains.com for latest prices. OEM is the only OS software I buy and no hardware requirements.
     
  8. Too Many Toys macrumors member

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    I've bought a number of OEM copies from VioSoftware.com without buying anything else, like hardware. Fast service too, usually shows up in a couple of days.
     
  9. thecheat619 macrumors newbie

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    Basically what you are asking for is to slipstream sp2 with Windows XP. It can be done, but you need to do it on a windows box. There are a number of sites on the net that tell you how to accomplish this. Here is one I found real quick with google:

    http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/windowsxp_sp2_slipstream.asp

    Mark.
     
  10. Creibold macrumors regular

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    Vista on the Macbook pro

    I bought Vista Business Edition for $33 shipped. Luckily I'm still a member of the MSDN Academic Alliance.

    Anyways, I chose vista becuase it's the more Forward-looking of the 2 evils. Hey, at least it uses direct x to do all the GUI movements - I wonder where they got the idea for that from???? :rolleyes: ;)

    Rumors are the Sp1 for Vista is to boost it's network speed by 40% - I'd like to see this. As it is, Vista using IE7 seems to load web pages Much faster than Safari or Firefox on the Leopard side on my MBP. It's about a second or two of a difference, which doesn't sound like a lot but once you experience it, it really does seem much faster. :confused:


    Since is doesn't sound like you have this option, Newegg or TigerDirect seem to be the way to go for your situation.
     
  11. jaypunkrawk macrumors member

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    Thanks Mark! I will check into that. I'd hate to have to buy Windows again...ugh.
     

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