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Hey here is a site that suppose to be legit i dont know if it is are not this is Windows 7 Ultimate Retail 32 and 64 bit for $105.00.The link is below and Good Luck.
http://www.cowboytechdirect.com/
I wouldn't trust a site that doesn't have a rating from WOT or have any mention on Reseller Ratings. They use simple PayPal buy now buttons and say it is legit. It could be but I personally wouldn't trust it because I figure it will be a Dell COA they peeled off another computer? Maybe contact them to find out for sure before buying?
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post #102 of 111
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That is totally illegal too. Do you see the terms "upgrade" and "branded?"
Upgrade means you are supposed to have copy of XP or Vista on the computer to upgrade to 7. Since this is a new build, that is not possible.

Branded? That is their fancy way of saying that it will say Dell or HP on the sticker. Basically they took stickers off other computers and are now trying to resell those OEM licenses, very illegal.

It's nice that you've essentially wasted thousands of dollars with them. If MS did an audit, you'll find that ALL of the licenses you've purchased were illegal so you gave them money for absolutely nothing. Fail......try again.
It says right there it INSTALLS AS FULL. Do you have any proof that these keys are illegal? Where did you come by this information? These guys have been in business for years. I have installed W7 on about 8 computers that I bought from this company and I have never had an issue with validation or updates.

So in other words, you are telling me that MS says they are legit and gives full support on the software, but to you it is illegal? I am not understanding what planet you are on.
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post #104 of 111
Just use your Dell disc for now until you get cash to buy a new copy. Just boot from the disc and install. just be warned there will be Dell plug ins after windows is installed. Also just get a cd key from the OCN market. I got windows 7 pro 64 bit for $50 two weeks ago.
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It says right there it INSTALLS AS FULL. Do you have any proof that these keys are illegal? Where did you come by this information? These guys have been in business for years. I have installed W7 on about 8 computers that I bought from this company and I have never had an issue with validation or updates.

So in other words, you are telling me that MS says they are legit and gives full support on the software, but to you it is illegal? I am not understanding what planet you are on.
you can only use a "upgrade" version of windows, as a full install if you own one of the predecessor full installs.

so if you have full retail or OEM of xp tied to the computer in question, you could buy an upgrade and install as full instead of having to install xp then upgrade.

the downside to this strategy, you typically can't go to far back in the upgrade path, you can't have a full copy of 95, and use the "full" install of 7 from an upgrade license.

sounds like all kinds of piracy, and abuse of licenses go on out there, no wonder software prices keep getting steeper...
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to the op. if you dont have the funds as of right now you can get a 90 day trial of windows 7 enterprise. just use a windows live account to sign in, fill out the info and download the iso.

the trial is a full working copy until the 90 days is up and then you will have to purchase a license or do whatever. my advice though would be to just buy a single license. its prolly the same price as a copy you buy at a store.

enterprise edition is essentially the same thing as ultimate from what i hear.

the info is all outlined here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/e...?ITPID=carepgm
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I am not sure if this has been posted before but you can download the windows 7 .iso legally here.

http://go.notebookreview.com/?id=525...ta-before.html

Then run this program to remove the ei.cfg file so you can pick what version you want to install.

http://go.notebookreview.com/?id=525...ta-before.html

Everything I said can be found here with more detailed instructions.

http://go.notebookreview.com/?id=525...ta-before.html

Without a key you will have 30 (or is it 90?) days to register which may give you enough time to pull some money together and buy a key.
    
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You could always reformat/reinstall every 30 days before your activation grace period runs out
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You can reset it every 30 days for a total of 90 days free use with this command.
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slmgr -rearm
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You are kidding, right? I have purchased over $1000 worth of software from these guys and never a problem. You shouldn't say things about companies you know nothing about. It gives them a bad name and makes you look dumb. BBB information.
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That is totally illegal too. Do you see the terms "upgrade" and "branded?"
Upgrade means you are supposed to have copy of XP or Vista on the computer to upgrade to 7. Since this is a new build, that is not possible.

Branded? That is their fancy way of saying that it will say Dell or HP on the sticker. Basically they took stickers off other computers and are now trying to resell those OEM licenses, very illegal.

It's nice that you've essentially wasted thousands of dollars with them. If MS did an audit, you'll find that ALL of the licenses you've purchased were illegal so you gave them money for absolutely nothing. Fail......try again.
Ah, see I thought it was an actual full install version. Didn't check link, my bad.

Edit: And retailers that sells Windows at a discount still scares me. No matter their BBB rating.
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