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Why ? If i need to reinstall it and re-activate it, say, 20 times, it won't work ? Because it's a OEM key ? I really need the retail version ?
I thought the digital download version is the same as the retail one, but is not physical (disk, book,box, etc.)

Because it's been like that since the Vista days, there is a limited number of activations you can perform with a single product key, when you reach the limit however you can perform a "phone activation" through Microsoft.
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Because it's been like that since the Vista days, there is a limited number of activations you can perform with a single product key, when you reach the limit you can however perform a "phone activation" through Microsoft.

So this happens only with OEM version ? The box version, doesn't have this ?

Also, any info about the limit ?
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post #13 of 99
The digital download should be the same as the box version, you are just buring your own iso instead of having a box. Personally I prefer the box so I can stash it away somewhere and I'm less likely to accidentally toss it out thinking it's a coaster. As far as activations they will have the same rules apply. I've never hit an activation limit, but I also don't reformat that often.
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Ok, thanks so when the digital version will be available, will be at 110$, on microsoft store ?

Well, i'm struggling to get info about the digital version, because i don't have a optical driver, so if i buy the box version, it's useless. The .iso that i will get from the digital download version, i will put it bootable on a memory stick, and i will install it that way.

PS: I've heard something about some upgrade at 69.99$, and that one at 40$, so i don't understand anymore those difference prices....

Also, for a gamer like me, is any noticeable difference between the Pro version and the Core version (the new Home version, that used to be) ? Because i am sure the Core version is cheaper.
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post #15 of 99
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Ok, thanks so when the digital version will be available, will be at 110$, on microsoft store ?
Well, i'm struggling to get info about the digital version, because i don't have a optical driver, so if i buy the box version, it's useless. The .iso that i will get from the digital download version, i will put it bootable on a memory stick, and i will install it that way.
PS: I've heard something about some upgrade at 69.99$, and that one at 40$, so i don't understand anymore those difference prices....

Just get the digital "upgrade" version, you won't run into any problems with Microsoft.
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I don't have a Windows 7 with product key, i'm running it on trial version, and when trial expires, i reinstall it. So the upgrade version it's useless for me, cuz i don't have a licensed W7.
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post #17 of 99
Not sure what the OEM version will cost through MS directly, or if it will even be available in an iso through them. You would think that since the upgrade is available and $30 cheaper than a retail store that it would be cheaper, but I wouldn't bet on it. The safe thing to do is grab it while it's on sale through a retailer like the egg and then create a bootable usb from it using another computer (one that you have or a friends). I've done this on a couple of machines that don't have opticals and it's very easy, actually installs faster too. If you are not upgrading from a valid licence, I don't recommend getting that $40 upgrade directly from MS. Too risky that you won't be able to do a fresh install. As far as the difference in the licences goes, I went pro just because I don't want to be limited by something I might need. Plus I use Media Center constantly and it's free with Pro, not Core.
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post #18 of 99
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Hmhh, i think i will get the Core version, since the extra that is on Pro version for me will be useless, in gaming and browsing, movies, etc. Cheaper too.

But remains one thing, if you check on MS store, they have for example on any version for Windows 7 the option to buy it and download it, and that one i think it gives you the .iso version.

Well, there are other "sites" that i can buy the digital version, if on Microsoft is not appearing ?
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Good points, so really I don't see why they wouldn't continue that trend. Again, not sure what you will pay. Currently Newegg has $30 off the OEM versions with disks. I don't know of any sites that have the digital version for sale. They all sell physical copies. You don't want to do the bootable usb thing?
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I didn't understand your previous post. You say to buy the disk version, then on another computer who has optical drive to make a bootable usb stick from the files ?
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