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I'll wait to try it until the keylogger is gone.

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I really don't want the store anywhere near my operating system unless I want to install it 100% voluntarily and separately from when windows is installed on my next desktop and laptop. That is a big part of why 8 is really bad for real computers. I just want a flippin' operating system to run the crap I want on my computers.


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I don't want to make a new thread just to ask this, so...

 

...can you still buy Windows 7 from Microsoft? When I go to their page I just see 8.1 stuff.

...I know you can try to get it from other places but trusting whether what they send you is a new/legal copy seems rather iffy.

 

Sigh. I may have to use Win10 or whatever when I build the new rig.



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Quick look at the likes of Amazon and Newegg show OEM versions are still plentiful (OEM installations are tied to your motherboard and won't activate again if you switch it to a different model, and are not covered directly by MS support, but are otherwise full function) and I don't see the situation changing anytime soon.

The Pro versions of Windows 8/8.1 come with downgrade rights to Win7 Pro, but that's probably an unnecessary expense (probably the only way to buy direct from MS though). If you can find a copy of the discontinued Win7 "Family Pack", that's three upgrade copies of Win7 Home Premium, but a quick Google will show how to do a full install with it (legally a bit questionable but eh). The latter is likely the cheapest option (per copy, that is), but somewhat hard to find these days.

Edited by Humanoid, 11 January 2015 - 06:10 AM.


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most stores that sell HW could set you up with a OEM installation... and it's often for free for regular customers, at least in my country.



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Win 8.1 is fine, actually better than Win 7, it uses less resources, runs and boots faster. The Metro Start screen is functionally better than the start menu, I rarely use either anyway. Everything else is identical to Win 7, apart from Task Manager, which is improved. Apart from using the Start screen to load rarely used applications (it has 2 screens that I have setup as a 2D taskbar launcher and an organised wall of application icons), I never use Metro for anything else, literally, I avoid it entirely which is something you couldn't do in Win 8 (thus I never used it on my PCs).

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most stores that sell HW could set you up with a OEM installation... and it's often for free for regular customers, at least in my country.


Most certainly will not be free in the US, but the installation process for the OEM is no different to retail versions anyway. The box will be a bit less fancy (last I bought one it was in a typical DVD case with a plain white slipcover) but the purchasing experience is as with any boxed software, a DVD and a product key in a box. Indeed I believe the DVD itself is identical whether it's the retail version or the OEM version (though either way I recommend downloading the latest ISO directly instead of using the DVD which may be an older version that creates more hassles with updating).

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I did see some on Amazon, but then user reviews were claiming when received, the keys didn't work/it wasn't legal. Hence..."iffy" to go that route since you don't know who is really trustworthy on something like Amazon.

 

OEM Win7 Pro is what I'm using now, hence my question. :lol: ... I should have bought a few copies a bit later or something, but I didn't.

 

Win 8.1 is fine

Sorry, I hate it.

 

I just have to hope Win10/whatever is at least slightly more tolerable to my picky self.


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Sorry, I hate it.

 

I just have to hope Win10/whatever is at least slightly more tolerable to my picky self.

 

Just install start8, disable every ****ing thing that leads you to metro and it's great.



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Metro is not the only reason I dislike it. If you/others like 8, that's great. I just don't. And yes I've tried it...on hubby's pc's and my recent laptop.

 

P.S. - I'm still not a huge fan of Win7, either. Haha.



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P.S. - I'm still not a huge fan of Win7, either. Haha.

 

Ah, well can't really help you there.



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Yeah...it's just a curse of my super-finickiness. :lol:

One day I may have the energy to actually move to Linux. One day.



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Yeah...it's just a curse of my super-finickiness. :lol:

One day I may have the energy to actually move to Linux. One day.

 

I tell that to my self every week... Only I want to learn to work in Linux and not really migrate.



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If you have the extra RAM, then installing Linux on the free VMware Player is a good way to try it out under Windows. Gone are the days of being restricted to one OS thanks to virtualized machines

 

I have Ubuntu & OSX Yosemite installed on VMware. They're fun to mess with, and run really smooth almost like it's natively installed (well Yosemite required some extra hacks to get running okay, and some functions like iMessage don't work because it's not detecting legit mac hardware)

 

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Edited by Bokishi, 11 January 2015 - 02:09 PM.

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most stores that sell HW could set you up with a OEM installation... and it's often for free for regular customers, at least in my country.


Most certainly will not be free in the US, but the installation process for the OEM is no different to retail versions anyway. The box will be a bit less fancy (last I bought one it was in a typical DVD case with a plain white slipcover) but the purchasing experience is as with any boxed software, a DVD and a product key in a box. Indeed I believe the DVD itself is identical whether it's the retail version or the OEM version (though either way I recommend downloading the latest ISO directly instead of using the DVD which may be an older version that creates more hassles with updating).

 

many stores have a special licence that allows them to install windows as OEM on any pc from the same disk. if you right click on "my computer" and select properties, you may see the store's logo next to the windows version info



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Looks like Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for one year to those already using Windows 7 or 8.1.

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Does that mean that we can install windows 10 with windows 8 keys? And do student keys count?



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Windows 7, really? So I could upgrade my old win7 OEM for free and there is no catch?



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http://www.zdnet.com...hone-8-1-users/

It's a good move by MS.
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http://www.anandtech...n-of-windows-10

Anandtech's Windows 10 event writeup.




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