Cheapest Windows 7?

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  1. Epic Xbox Revie macrumors 6502a

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    Let me begin by saying that I have never used Boot Camp or other applications to run Windows on my Mac. I am interested in doing so and would like to know the cheapest way to get windows 7 running with Boot Camp on my Mac. I have a college email address, so I am eligible for a Student discount, but I am not sure what the cheapest way to getting Windows 7 on to my Mac would be. Please advise.
     
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  3. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a

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    Get this - http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/windows/buynow/default.aspx

    If they don't give you a ISO you can burn directly to a DVD, you can get them here - http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2009/10/28/direct-download-ISO-dvd-for-windows-7-student-upgrade/

    Going a bit further, if Windows complains you can't activate, follow the instructions here - http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media


    Just a FYI, Windows only needs about a 30GB partition if your not installing any large programs.
     
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    If I do not have any copy of Windows can I still use the Upgrade version??
     
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    Yes, but it violates the license agreement.


    But realistically Microsoft has no way of checking, they're taking you on your word that you had a previous version of Windows (kinda like the Snow Leopard Upgrade).

    You will probably have to follow the steps in this guide to activate once its installed. - Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrage Media


    For me it usually goes like this:

    1.) Boot Camp Assistant

    2.) Pop your Win7 Disc In

    3.) Reboot and Get the Win7 Install Going

    4.) When you get to the 'Product Key' entry page leave it blank (Windows 7 will Happily install without a Product key, you get a 30 day grace period in which to enter it later on)

    5.) Change "MediaBootInstall" Registry Entry to "0" (Method #2 in the guide)

    6.) Open a Admin Command Prompt and type "slmgr -rearm" (Method #2 in the guide)

    7.) Restart Windows

    8.) Type "activate" in the Start Menu Search Box (and press enter)

    9.) Follow the steps on screen to enter your Product Key and Activate

    10.) Be happy! :rolleyes:
     
  7. shondell macrumors newbie

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    hey there

    Epic Xbox Revie: so did it work? I am about to follow the same steps, I am just worried that I may spend the money and it not work.
     
  8. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

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    What's the cheapest way to get a full (NON-upgrade) version?

    Thanks.
     
  9. balamw Moderator

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    Shop around. A full retail license starts around $199, but is free of the licensing grey areas that surround the use of upgrade or OEM licenses on Mac hardware...

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    Thanks for the tip. ;)
     
  11. balamw Moderator

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    Sorry for the seemingly less than useful reply.

    I really haven't seen much flexibility on the price. At one point Microsoft had an online deal to buy a full license at upgrade price from their eStore, but I haven't seen anything close to that in a while.

    Saving $10 is about as good as it gets on a regular basis.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...116716&cm_re=windows_7-_-32-116-716-_-Product

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