Windows 7 Full Version Expensive

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Resist, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Resist macrumors 68030

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    Been thinking about adding Windows 7 to my Macbook Pro, but then I saw how expensive the full version is. The cheapest I found Windows 7 Home was around $171 on Amazon. Maybe that's a good price but to me that still seems really expensive. What the hell Microsoft, why is your OS so freaking pricey?

    How does everyone afford to put Windows on their Macs? After you spend the funds on Apple hardware, it kind of leaves very little left over.
     
  2. wpotere Guest

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    Because they are a software company? Why did you pay so much for Apple hardware?

    Look for an OEM version on Newegg.com
     
  3. jasvncnt macrumors 6502

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    Another reason I use Windows...can get software...cheap. Don't know anything about Mac. Can you use OEM?

    Sorry didn't see the post above until I posted
     
  4. wpotere Guest

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    msdn... :)
     
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  6. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for the info. So $100 for Windows 7 64-bit full version sound about right?

    I didn't know the OEM version is called the System Builder. I saw it on Amazon before but didn't think it was the full version. Thanks to no state tax on Amazon, I'll buy it there.
     
  7. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    There are ways to qualify if a college student is available somewhere at a somewhat more reasonable rate.
     
  8. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    This wasn't an option for my situation, but thanks anyway.
     
  9. away8907 macrumors newbie

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    As an alternative to the student suggestion, If you've got a friend in the IT business who trusts you, He might be able to set you up with a key.
     
  10. nissan.gtp macrumors 6502

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    oh, steal it, good idea. :rolleyes:
     
  11. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    So much for paying the companies and developers who write the software eh?
     
  12. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Even though I don't agree with how expensive Windows can be, I still wouldn't do what you're suggesting.
     
  13. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I believe my personal record for an OEM copy of Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 was just under $80. It was a double discount from price cut and 10% off all Microsoft software.

    I know you can probably get a key from eBay for $30. The installation media is the easy part.
     
  14. away8907 macrumors newbie

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    I made my suggestion leaning more towards the chance he knows someone with a VLK and a license to spare. Volume Licensing is far from stealing, I've written the checks. MS gets their due :)
     
  15. wpotere Guest

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    No, as the VLK is to only be used by the purchasing entity, not to be given out. So you are wrong there, it is still stealing.
     
  16. BarkingGhost macrumors regular

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    There are multiple versions of W7, and both are probably represented in the retail & OEM versions. Which is the version you are referring to in this case?
     
  17. jlc1978 macrumors 68000

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    MS Technet - while more expensive than W7 alone, it give you access to a full set of MS products, including Office (Mac version a well)

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/buy.aspx
     
  18. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    1) Microsoft & Apple both charge for the work that they do to build good products. It's no different than any other industry.

    Apple charges over $1,000 more for a 15" MBP as compared to an equally configured ThinkPad. I paid the price premium quite willingly. Why complain? I prefer Macs.

    2) You're buying Apple, a terrific product and one of my favorites. If you must complain about the cost of windows, perhaps you can't afford the Mac in the first place.

    Dell sells cheaper consumer grade machines for people who cannot afford the best. You have some choices. That's the good news.
     
  19. Nick McEnjoy macrumors member

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    Only the owners are freakingly rich, meaning there's something wrong with the costing and pricing policy.

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    Many big organizations use Dell's computers. Why?
     
  20. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Home.
     
  21. AlanShutko macrumors 6502a

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    A few reasons: they'll keep the same configurations available for years (even after there are newer configurations around) so that your entire group can be using the same model. They've got a pretty competitive rate for their hardware. They are pretty good about shipping out spare parts to companies so you have them on hand when things break.

    None of these reasons mean that the computers are necessarily that great, but that it's good for the people making the decisions (whether or not it is for the people using the computers).
     
  22. jlc1978 macrumors 68000

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    If there was a problem with their pricing policy people would not buy the product and they would go out of business. That they haven't shows there is demand at the prices they charge and thus they make money.

    A product's cost has nothing to do with its price; just the decision whether to produce it.
     
  23. wpotere Guest

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    Why Dell?

    Because when I was in Iraq in 03 I took my Inspiron with me (personel computer) to play games and watch movies etc... I kept it as safe as I could from dirt and dust but the DVD drive eventually failed and I was out of warranty. I had my wife contact Dell to buy a new one for me. Not only did they give it to her for free, but they expidited the shipping to next day so that she could get it to me as quickly as possible.

    So why Dell? Because as a company they respond when needed. Personally I have not had any problems with their upper end machines and only once or twice with a few low end machines. People beat Dell up all the time but most likely have never really used them to know what they are talking about.
     
  24. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I found Windows 7 Home 64 bit OEM version on Amazon for $79.99. Finally a decent deal!
     
  25. bniu macrumors 6502a

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    Dell computers aren't bad for companies to buy, but as a consumer, I'd rather just go and build my own PC. If I had a Dell and it breaks and I get the runaround, I'll just take it straight to my neighbor and he'll take care of it. Who's this neighbor? Michael Dell!
     

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