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Windows 7 Upgrade vs. OEM?
10-10-2011, 11:48 AM,
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Windows 7 Upgrade vs. OEM?
This was recently mentioned in another thread: Windows 7 Professional for $65 for students.

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msst....216644200

My question is, will this work on a newly built system even though it's an "upgrade"? As a student could I buy the upgrade, take the option for them to ship me a disc (raises price to $80) and then install it on a brand new system? Or does this only install on top of existing Windows systems?

It's a pretty great savings if it works. I'm seeing Windows 7 Pro for around $140 OEM. Even the shadier websites aren't going below $105.
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10-10-2011, 12:25 PM, (This post was last modified: 10-10-2011, 12:27 PM by Andrew J.)
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RE: Windows 7 Upgrade vs. OEM?
Yes it works after you install it as a trial then do a registry edit: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/...c?page=0,1

I'm not promoting or condoning doing this by the way, but it's definitely possible.

Of course, if you have an old copy of Windows XP or Vista lying around you could just use that and upgrade from it.
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10-10-2011, 12:45 PM,
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RE: Windows 7 Upgrade vs. OEM?
(10-10-2011, 12:25 PM)Andrew J Wrote: Yes it works after you install it as a trial then do a registry edit: http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/...c?page=0,1

I'm not promoting or condoning doing this by the way, but it's definitely possible.

Of course, if you have an old copy of Windows XP or Vista lying around you could just use that and upgrade from it.

Does that method work with the whole $30 student offer for w7 home also? I don't need w7 ultimate, just the cheapest copy possible. Big Grin
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10-10-2011, 01:08 PM,
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RE: Windows 7 Upgrade vs. OEM?
Yes but as far as I know that offer is gone.
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10-10-2011, 03:08 PM,
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RE: Windows 7 Upgrade vs. OEM?
(10-10-2011, 01:08 PM)Andrew J Wrote: Yes but as far as I know that offer is gone.

Oh nooo Sad No wonder I couldn't find it on the website...
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