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I'm ok with doing this slightly shady, but I'm not looking to pirate windows

new desktop - nothing installed

old laptop, no longer being used - oem vista 64bit, was given free windows 7 upgrade disc after 7 came out, used on laptop - lost the disc
-lost vista disc as well, contacted dell assuming they'd send me 7 disc, they sent me vista said its the best they can do /shrug

I'm a college student and can get the upgrade disc for 7 professional for $64.95

I work at a best buy, we don't get a discount on windows for w/e reason. However, I know my boss would price match any super shady website I ever found.





IF I used my new vista disc, and got the $65 upgrade disc to w7professional, would it work? Could I do a clean install?

- I'd like to be able to upgrade my mobo down the line and not run into issues.


thanks for any suggestions
post #2 of 11
Yes...you can do that.


Why don't you just buy it like everyone else? I know $90.00 isn't alot of money...even for a college kid.
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No depends on the laptop manufacturer.
I didnt have luck with any dell keys, but this was for xp, working on a new build but had perfect luck with acers xp and win7.
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The laptop is a Dell, and Evilspashy - I'm under the impression that the full version of windows 7 home premium is $199.99... if you can correct me otherwise I'd be more then happy to grab it at that price
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Before paying a penny talk to your college and see if they can't enroll you in MSDNAA. Then you'll get Windows 7 Pro for free, along with a lot of other MS software.

If they can't you could also join the ACM (www.acm.org) and enroll there. You'll might have to pay a small fee, but again, they also enroll you in the MSDNAA since you're a college student.
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I'm at a community, should I even bother? Not sure if that is something that would be offered.
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I'm at a community, should I even bother? Not sure if that is something that would be offered.

As long as they have some sort of computer related degree there's a good chance they'll offer it.

And even if they don't, like I mentioned, you should check out the ACM. They don't care what sort of college you're at.
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Thanks, I'll check that out!
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I'm at a community, should I even bother? Not sure if that is something that would be offered.

Went to a community college and they had MSDNAA just as long as you were enrolled in some sort of computer science class. Its a bit different for every school so definitely ask a CS professor
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If you happen to go to MVCC, they give you free OS for taking computer science.
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