The cheapest way to buy Windows XP SP2: $87

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by jacinto45, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. jacinto45 macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2002
    #1 has Windows XP Home for $87 and XP Pro for $140. Just go to the site and search for "windows xp oem."

    Importantly, these are OEM versions. They're completely legal, full versions, but I don't a huge amount about this stuff and don't know for absolutely certain that they would work with Boot Camp. Can anyone confirm that they would?

    It's my understanding that the only difference between these and the expensive retail version is the fancy packaging and the fact that the OEM version is for people building their own computers that don't have Windows. (Or, presumably, people with Macs that want Windows.)
  2. suntzu macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2003
    They should work. But from what I remember from the old days, you had be buy some kind of qualifying hardware to buy OEM Windows. Like a hard drive, motherboard, etc...

    Things have probably changed though.
  3. Takumi macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2005
    Gunma, Japan
  4. lorkp macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2005
  5. imac9556 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2004
    Being a PC builder, the OEM versions should have no major difference between the retail versions, except being cheaper. However, you might need to buy a "pc" component with the OEM copy of windows. Most of the time, adds a free piece of hardware with it (power cord, etc)

    With the OEM verison, you get a Windows XP License sticker that you can stick on the bottom of your MacBook Pro ;) jk
  6. Takumi macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2005
    Gunma, Japan
    Or throw in the bin,

    probab;y shouldn't do that incase you need to use the product code subsequent times.

  7. Oblivious macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2006
    But that's.... illegal. :eek:
  8. fenixx macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2006
    remember... students check with your school for discounts...
    tomorrow before class i'll be picking up my XP Pro CD for a whopping $10
  9. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003

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