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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! smile.gif
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Try your campus computer store. They usually offer discounts on W7.
    
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The OEM version is usually ~100.00 but you can only install on one computer and if you change the motherboard or other major component the license is no longer valid.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

Do a search on here, someone made a nice thread on OEM version and what you can and cannot do.
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Yeah I saw that but it's an upgrade and my new rig will not have an OS installed. So I have to buy a full version frown.gif
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wow get the w7 64 pro!dam that is inexpensive!
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check my sig on getting a free version of Windows Server R2 and converting it to run exactly like Windows 7 if u have a .edu
    
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What is the difference between an OEM and the full version?

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc00019
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/microsoft-os-gfc02050

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.

Also I know that the OEM doesn't allow for free Microsoft support, but does that mean that I won't receive future updates for free?

Edit// Sorry the two links up there are not to the OEM and the full version but for two different versions of windows that I found on pcpartpicker. Is the cheaper one the OEM? Also the student deals close in 2010 frown.gif
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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! smile.gif

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.
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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.

RE: UPDATES

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. smile.gif
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Full Version: Transferable license as long as its only installed on one machine at any given time

OEM Version: Remains tied to whatever motherboard it was installed on. Yes people will argue you can just call MS and they might activate it on another motherboard for you, however that sort of discussion goes against the EULA for the software and hence is not allowed on OCN.


I know the full version is more expensive, but it's what I'd buy. I know many here like to rebuild often, and I don't like re-buying the OS every single time. I feel that I'll keep Win7 and skip Win8, so I view it as a long term investment. If you plan to hop to Windows 8 next, then get OEM and prep to buy 8 for your next build.
    
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