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Old 04-15-2014, 06:28 PM
 
Location: California & Texas
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Is that really a smart move though? The retail on Amazon at least is $486.00. You could buy 4 W7 OEMs for that price and still save! I doubt to many will use the same W7 disc more than 4 times.
As Skunk Workz pointed out, the Amazon example is just one reseller price gouging. The hidden price with the 4 Windows 7 OEMs is that you have to purchase 4 computers with it. That will end up costing you more in the end.
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:51 PM
 
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As Skunk Workz pointed out, the Amazon example is just one reseller price gouging. The hidden price with the 4 Windows 7 OEMs is that you have to purchase 4 computers with it. That will end up costing you more in the end.
Or you could just buy this Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - Newegg.com
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:08 PM
 
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Sure... but unfortunately you can't use it unless you purchase it with a computer or decide to pirate it. There' s another thread somewhere where someone else was discussing this.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:48 AM
 
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Sure... but unfortunately you can't use it unless you purchase it with a computer or decide to pirate it. There' s another thread somewhere where someone else was discussing this.
Huh? What do you mean you can't? Last September I bought all the parts needed to build a computer, along with that, built my own computer and installed that and it worked fine, just like all the other times I have built my own computers and used OEM windows. I honestly don't even remember the last time I actually bought retail.
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Old 04-16-2014, 03:31 AM
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Location: City Data Land
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I'm detecting that the OP isn't loving Windows 8. I don't myself. When I upgraded my Lenovo a couple of months ago, I bought one with Win 7 preinstalled and also included an option to switch it out to Win 8. Most Windows computers don't have Windows 7 on them anymore. So OP, I don't know if you're considering replacing your computer completely, but if you are, now might be a good time to buy a new one with the Win 7 OS on it.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Sure... but unfortunately you can't use it unless you purchase it with a computer or decide to pirate it. There' s another thread somewhere where someone else was discussing this.
That is different. You certainly can buy a retail version of Windows and Install it on one Computer.

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premiu.../dp/B00H09BB16

What you are refering to is when you buy a computer and IT comes with a Windows 7 disk. That Windows 7 is tied to that computer and is called an OEM version. This cannot be legally used on another computer.
A retail version does not work this way...
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:26 AM
 
Location: NW Penna.
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This is the Win 7 / Win 8 licensing now, and I can't believe that MS says "retail" for the people who build their own computers but it does. They might make a Linux devotee outta me yet. hehe
Windows system builder licensing for personal use

What Microsoft won't tell you about Windows 7 licensing | ZDNet gives an explanation of each type of license. Says that banning the hobbiest from using OEM started with Vista in 2007, on page 2.

This is also interesting: Is it OK to use OEM Windows on your own PC? Don't ask Microsoft | ZDNet

What I did was two years ago bought off-lease HP Compaq Elite 8200 I5 computers with blank hard drives, 4GB RAM, and Win7 Pro COA stickers on the box. Then I downloaded Win7 ISOs from links given at My Digital Life or whatever it was called (found it w/ Google.) Burned Win7 Pro iso to DVD, installed, activated using the COA number on each box. Downloaded all the HP drivers & such from the HP site. Installed my own retail family pack Office 2007 or 2010. Each machine cost me about $280 shipped with keyboard & mouse, and I reused the monitors I had.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Who cares what they call it. At least pricing has remained the same... actually a bit cheaper. Win7 USED to be around $130. Now it's $99 as is Windows 8. So actually better pricing.
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Old 04-16-2014, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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OP here again!

I've made up my mind to forget about upgrading my already existing computer. I'm planning to buy a whole new computer by this summer hopefully!

I told myself no more Dells...had 4 & that's the brand of my 7-yr old desktop/main computer now & I just want something different.

I'd love to try Mac, but it's unfortunately not compatible with the work @ home projects I'm getting into.

I'm sure not tech savvy enough to build my own nor do I have time to learn all that.

I like HP, but Lenovo seems quite well-liked.

How's Samsung, Toshiba, & Sony VAIO? (Sure NOT getting Acer or eMachine.)
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Old 04-16-2014, 04:56 PM
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Location: City Data Land
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OP here again!

I've made up my mind to forget about upgrading my already existing computer. I'm planning to buy a whole new computer by this summer hopefully!

I told myself no more Dells...had 4 & that's the brand of my 7-yr old desktop/main computer now & I just want something different.

I'd love to try Mac, but it's unfortunately not compatible with the work @ home projects I'm getting into.

I'm sure not tech savvy enough to build my own nor do I have time to learn all that.

I like HP, but Lenovo seems quite well-liked.

How's Samsung, Toshiba, & Sony VAIO? (Sure NOT getting Acer or eMachine.)
OP, I'm just bought my second Lenovo. I had my first one three years and it still worked fine. It just started getting slow, so I bought my new one. Lenovos are known to be pretty reliable, all purpose workhorse computers. I like them better than the Dell and HP computers I've had.
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