unless you already have a licensed copy of windows, you must buy a full retail copy. $60 student pricing is for "upgrades" only. i've checked 2 state schools and columbia, and it looks about the same everywhere. $299. even Virtual PC with XP Pro is only $249. real smooth ms. real ****ing smooth. and on top of that i still need to buy autocad and primavera - but at least they have versions for student budgets as opposed to 7 figure corporate it budgets.