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I got a better deal. Use a .edu address to order Win 7 Professional (32 or 64bit) for $30 here: http://www.microsoft.com/student/en/us/software/windows/default.aspx

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@kvellano: nice. in previous years the edu version was only home premium.

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The edu version is only an upgrade it can not be used as a new install.

I got one for a pc I built and it would not register, because it new it was a new install

the only solution was to wipe it off, install xp or vista and then start the upgrade. Or buy a new vesion for OEM system builders whick is the route I went.

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@themave: You have been entirely misinformed. I am an IT Professional. All you need is the appropriate .iso file, burn to a disc, boot to CD, and then install a fresh copy of Win 7 Professional with the license key you purchased. You should always do a new install rather than an upgrade, as you will more than likely encounter issues. I can provide a tutorial if you need it, or you could just google it.

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@swordman: 2/4 of your comments are bashing Windows. You obviously haven't tried Windows 7 if you have that mentality. A solid OS, resource friendly, and it can run many more programs (GAMES) than Mac or Linux.

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@kvellano: Cool, because most people older than 25 still have access to a ".edu" e-mail address.

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@soccerkrzy: Don't most schools provide lifetime e-mail?

I know we were stuck with a terrible mail system last updated in 2003 because they couldn't figure out a way to transition alumni to something new.

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@soccerkrzy: Is it so hard to ask a friend to acquire it for you? Your sarcasm is not appreciated you unfortunate soul you...

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@kvellano I could be wrong, but last time I checked, they were actually not selling any more licenses for W7 Pro, at least in 64-bit.

Has this changed at all? 64-bit is kinda a big deal for many people with their own homebuilt computer.

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@kvellano: Yeah, they've had that deal for a while now. Good catch though.

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@pohatu771: I would think Microsoft would've blocked "@alumni.[school].edu" addresses, it might be worth a shot. I know they block @australia.edu (which anyone can just get).

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@kvellano: Unfortunately you mistook my sarcasm as malicious instead of comedic. Is there a limit to the number you may buy from Microsoft? Or would your friend be lost on getting his/her discount as well? Do you know if "@alumni.[school].edu" addresses would work?

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I recently got the edu pro x64 upgrade. They have 2 downloads, you must get the iso to do a clean install! For an extra $15 they'll also send you physical media (however the iso is easy enough, but you need to do it on a windows machine as it first downloads an exe that then downloads the iso you can burn to disk). Only go 32 if you support very old hardware/pci cards.

It installed fine in a fresh install, and even ended up activating without needing a previous windows key (although I made sure I had an old XP key, as they say you -may- need to input an xp or vista key to activate).

I did it this way as I wasn't 100% sure my mobo supported win 7, so I wasn't willing to pay the close to $200 for the oem version when it might just not work at all, for $30 it was worth the risk.

Just note that with the edu version and oem versions you must pick either 32 or 64 bit, you do not get both unlike the retail versions or older XP edu versions (which came with disks and keys for 32+64).

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64bit keys work with 32bit discs and vice versa. With Windows 7 the key's do not matter what bit they are, as long as you have the right iso.

http://www.mydigitallife.info/windows-7-iso-x86-and-x64-official-direct-download-links-ultimate-professional-and-home-premium/

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@zapp brannigan: 64bit keys do not work with 32bit software. They are two different licenses. To Clarify: This particular version that microsoft is selling to students will not activate a 64bit license on a 32bit install. I tried...

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@kvellano: I know for a fact that OEM 64bit Key works with 32bit software. Could be the difference on those education copies but OEM doesn't matter. I've done it a few times to test (was curious).

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@kvellano: Kvellano, you are entirly uninformed, you can do as you say burn the disk, install etc. but when it goes to register and activate, it will not activate, I called microsoft to try to get around it and they would not activate it.

The edu. version is an upgrade only, and they said my only option was to wipe the drive, install my original copy of xp or vista that came with the computer and start the upgrade process.

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@themave: Probably PEBCAK...I didn't have a problem with a fresh install, nor did my entire office. We're all IT guys though with great technological karma.

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@funkymonkey1002: Not sure how you got lucky, I did a clean install and setup the computer, installed office, starcraft, and a bunch of other stuff and then it wouldn't regisiter. I called and said my computer had crashed and I took the opertunity to go ahead and buy the upgrade and start with a fresh win7 install. I told them I have my original windows xp keys and license that came with the machine, could they let me activate it. They said, no. they said I had to go back and to a clean install of my original windows xp and then start the upgrade to windows7. I told them I had already installed a new copy of Office 2010, and many additional software package, wasn't there anyway I could activate it, they said no, the only way was to revert to my xp version and upgrade that.

now, maybe they didn't know what they were talking about, but in any case they are the ones who would be able to help. so I was out of luck.

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@kvellano: why are you installing a edu version in an office?

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@soccerkrzy: Not sure about alumni addresses, but you can always plug it in and see if it works. Worth a shot. And yes, there is a limit. One per .edu address, so find a buddy with a Mac that doesn't give a woot...ha! I made a funny..

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@mychem4eva: Hasn't changed. Deal still stands $30 for either/or.

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@themave: Personal computers, not corporate.

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@soccerkrzy: Probably not, but just post a local craiglist for an .edu account if you were so inclined. Offer 50 to the student. Student gets 20 packets of instant noodles, and you saved 25 dollars. Every body wins!

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Yes.. there are real issues trying to install an upgrade onto a clean hard disk. This site helped me work-around it: http://www.winsupersite.com/article/windows-7/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media

I was able to clean install a Win7-64bit that I purchased via .edu address using techniques on that page.

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@pinchecat: The student deal has always been Home Premium OR Professional. You just had to click a few extra buttons for Professional as it was hidden.

How do I know? I pre-ordered Professional this way.

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@kvellano: A lot of 'IT guys' think they've done a clean install and haven't. They're stuck with that good old Windows.old folder taking up 10GB+.

Keep in mind the Windows 7 install disk doesn't obfuscates the ability to format...

Also, at many universities you can manage to get more than one copy because of how the email system works. (multiple hostnames that all forward around)

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@kvellano: Better deal: MSDNAA. Free copies of 32- and 64-bit Win 7, plus much more. Last night I downloaded and installed Server 2008 Datacenter to a spare box because hey, if you have free access, might as well acquire some free skills on Microsoft's generosity.

Dreamspark is also a great resource for .edu students who aren't granted MSDNAA access, as you can download quite a few developer and designer tools for free (XNA, VS2010, Expression, free certification exam, etc.).

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@metanoia29: MSDNAA is great if your school's administrator will let you access it. Our admin basically told me that if you aren't a comp sci major, you don't get the keys to the castle. Oh well.

Also, I have used techniques listed above to do a fresh install of Win7 using and .edu upgrade ISO. I understand that not everybody has been able to pull off the clean install from upgrade media, but I assure you that it can be done. I'm not an IT guy, just the amateur guy that everyone in the family calls for tech support.