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post #1 of 18
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Where can i get windows Xp Proffessional or x64 for cheap? After my system build i wont have enough money to buy the OS at full price, but i want to upgrade from Home to something good. Anywhere i can get it for cheaper?
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post #2 of 18
I would Reccomend Either Newegg or Ebay for that kind of thing.
post #3 of 18
www.viosoftware.com is where I got my copy of XP Home. It cost me like $70. I think Pro is only $130 or so on there.
post #4 of 18
I Would go for PRO if you can as its alot better than Home in many respects.
post #5 of 18
If you're a student, try at your university. They might have student licences. Here at my University they sell the Academic Select Win XP Pro Upgrade for $65. Some departments (computer science, computer engineering, business) have a contract with MS, named Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance Program, and you are able to get Win XP Pro for free.

However, for in each case you must be a registered student, and the MSNDAA is restricted to certain departments. Also, you officially have to remove all software upon graduation.

Just for you students out there. My information is based on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    
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post #6 of 18
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If i currently have XP Home on my computer and i upgrade to Xp Pro do i need to buy the upgrade version or full version and just reformat the computer?
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post #7 of 18
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2 Full Version OEM : $119.00
http://www.compuplus.com/i-Microsoft...mboid-699.html

Enjoy,
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post #8 of 18
If you bought XP home in a box, you can buy the XP pro upgrade, but if you have home preinstalled (OEM version) you cannot upgrade it. You must buy the full version of XP home to be able to use the XP Pro upgrade. Its just cheaper to Buy XP Pro.

You can buy OEM discs which are alot cheaper, but they can only be used with 1 PC, are non-transferable and cannot be used with upgrade discs.
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post #9 of 18
you could always, cough, use a torrent website hehehe kidding. Nothing beats legit windows. Consider buying it OEM, doesnt come in a box, just in a plastic shrink wrap and you save a bunch
    
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post #10 of 18
What are your reasons for the change? Pro is more secure, and thus the better OS, but for stand alone or small home networking, Home will be ok.

The main differences between Home and Pro are network security and support for multiple processors. See a quick overview here:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/p...choosing2.mspx

Also, I do believe you need the full version; I've heard the upgrade version doesn't work well from Home. If you can get full for cheap, go for it.
    
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