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Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jinxednuance, Mar 20, 2011.
Anyone knows of a place where I can purchase a copy of Windows 7 with a student discount?!
Which country? Last I checked http://win741.com still leads you to a decent student offer for US students at least.
Canadians do have this version of the site but as you can notice it is for an upgrade. So you need to have Windows 7 Home Premium to go to Professional.
Anyway, I managed to get my hands on one and I am running Mc Os and Win7 my world cannot get any better!
Hmm... I'm a student as well, and wondering about the most cost effective way to go about installing windows. Since it's an upgrade, what's the cheapest route to go?
Also, do Home Premium and Professional natively support 64-bit? Or do you need to buy a special version?
Some times your schools provide it for free! especially if you are going for a IT degree.
Talk to the computer science instructors and ask about the MSDNAA
That should put you in the right place if you are looking as a IT student.
You could also swing by your college book store.
Yeah, I'm not an IT student... in grad school, doing strange and obscure social sciences stuff.
They have Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade for $35, but you need to upgrade from Vista... says it won't even work as an upgrade from XP, which I find very strange. (I know that you have to format if upgrading from XP, but that's not a problem as I'd be installing on a new partition and installing XP would be a waste of time).
I did, however, find this: http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/...t-key-on-formatted-or-empty-blank-hard-drive/
Alternatively, I wonder if I can somehow use my current Windows 7 license. I upgraded from an OEM version of XP to Home Premium. I wouldn't be using this computer anymore, though, so don't need a new license. I don't mind dropping an extra $35 bucks for the 64-bit disk, but I don't know if I can transfer that license over...
You need to separate in your mind three things: what works, what the licenses allow, what is legal in your jurisdiction.
Read my comments in this thread and the links provided. http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1122790
If you go by the letter of the licenses, the only valid license for use on a Mac is a full retail license which retails for $199 for Home Premium. Your OEM license is strictly not transferable to another computer so the upgrade would not be valid. A new OEM would not be valid as the license requires you to resell the computer to an unrelated third party. A new upgrade license isn't valid because it doesn't have an underlying license with CoA sticker.
Any of those will work however, and only you can decide what is appropriate for you.
But if you upgrade to Windows 7 Retail from XP OEM, you have retail license. I just checked my license and I now definitely have Windows 7 Home Premium retail.
I think that when the time comes, I'm just going to call Microsoft to double check. It seems like I should be able to transfer the license, and hopefully there's a way to complete the install without having XP on the drive and without breaking any laws.
You don't get a CoA sticker with the upgrade license. This is the underlying license that qualifies you for the upgrade, which is not transferable to the new hardware.
Again this is something that will definitely work. W7 over XP is a "custom" install, so it doesn't really keep any of XP around. You can install upgrade editions on bare metal using a couple of simple tweaks because of this. http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media.aspx
More discussion here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com.../thread/9c670a77-3b7c-43df-a630-6f02a08dd0f2/
Windows licensing is so complicated and messed up. I wouldn't assume that anything Microsoft tells you will be anything other than one person's interpretation, subject to the whim of the moment. MANY folks have actually transferred OEM/System Builder licenses to new hardware by calling Microsoft even though the license specifically prohibits that.
It's so bad that even MS advocates look the other way: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/is-it-ok-to-use-oem-windows-on-your-own-pc-dont-ask-microsoft/1561
I've done the rearming method described in that page many times. It works fine. Don't update Windows until after you restart after doing this though. It's much smarter to do a clean install than an upgrade if you have the option.
Windows 7 Pro for students straight from the Microsoft website, $29.99.