Originally Posted by youknowthisisgg
I am building my own rig and I need Windows 7, but it's just so expensive! I am a student, but I have not been able to find a discount on the Home Premium version. I do have a laptop with Windows 7, but I have heard mixed stories regarding the ability to activate Windows on two different computers with the same key. The cheapest that I have found is 185 on Amazon, but that is still pretty expensive.
Will I just have to suck it up and purchase Windows 7 from Amazon?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Digital River sometimes runs student specials; check with the computer science department at your university? Maybe they know more about any offers your uni has in partnership with MS. I was able to purchase a OEM Win7 Home Premium for about $50 via a Digital River promo.
Is there a difference between the two other than that the full one has both 32 and 64 bit? I don't plan on upgrading my motherboard for a while, so installing it on one comp is enough.
I would suggest getting the Full version, if it doesn't cost too much.
All versions of Win7 can download updates from Microsoft, that's not an issue. I've also never found a technical issue yet that needed a phone call to MS. A bit of googling has usually been enough to fix things.