dealswindows 7 professional (students only) for $29.99

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This is a repeat, but still a great deal. You don't have to be a student though, just have a @domain.edu address. They don't do any follow up or require a copy of transcripts. Great deal!

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Note this is for an upgrade and not a full copy.

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@tehooper: you can install it without another copy of windows

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@tehooper: Incorrect, it works as a clean install as I've done it on several machines. You need to do the following steps after the install to properly activate Windows:

Open regedit.exe with Start Menu Search and navigate to:
HKEYLOCALMACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/

Change MediaBootInstall from "1" to "0".

Close RegEdit.

Start Menu on the Command Line utility. Right-click this shortcut and choose "Run as administrator."
Click Yes to the UAC prompt.

In the command line window, type: slmgr /rearm press enter

wait for the "Command completed successfully" dialog.

Then, close the command line window and reboot.
After Windows 7 reboots, Right Click Computer select Properties select change product Key.
If the Key does not work now please contact Microsoft technical support at:

Web: http://support.microsoft.com/common/international.aspx
Phone: 1-800-MICROSOFT (1-800-642-7676)

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@jk336699: you can't install it easly without another copy of windows, I used it on fresh install and all went fine until activiation, it would not activate becuase it was a fresh install and not an upgrade.

You need to have a version of windows on the machine, it will see it when it starts and then you can wipe the current version and make it a clean install.

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@soccerkrzy: I tried that, and when I called Microsoft, I told them my windows xp machine crashed and I used this as an opertunity to upgrade to win7, they said I had to go back and reinstall winxp, then run the upgrade process. they would not let me activate it.

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@themave: I've done the method I described 5 separate times and as early as two weeks ago. All successfully and working. Not sure what you're doing differently, but you can clean install this.

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@themave: The 'official' stance is the same as it was for Windows Vista.

First install Windows 7 without using a license key or activating from the upgrade media. This will give you a licensed installation for 30? days.

Next 'upgrade' the Windows 7 installation using the upgrade license.

In 99% (based on anecdotal evidence) you can just manually activate the first installation without any problems as long as you don't enter the key during installation. (I have installed Windows 7 upgrades successfully this way at least four times.)

Don't forget you aren't allowed to do this unless you own an older Windows license for the machine you are doing a clean install on.

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@everyone

I want to buy, but I'm running XP still! Could I use this? Also, could this be used to make windows genuine?

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If you are still on Vista I would definitely recommend upgrading to Windows 7, it's much more resource friendly and generally works a lot better. Sorry if I offended any Die-Hard Vista fans :)

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@slanatta: Yes it will work, but you would have to do a Full Install (IE: Wipe all your files and completely reinstall Windows 7)

"Also, could this be used to make windows genuine?"

If you are running a cracked copy of XP, this upgrade will not work. There might be ways to get it to work, but I won't get into that :)

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Anyone have an ".edu" address they are not using and are willing to share?

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Would the trick above work for a clean install to use with Parallels on a Mac?

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This activates properly without another copy of Windows if you install it twice. Install it the first time without entering the product key and then install it again WITH the product key and it will be fully activated.

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Does anyone know if this is a 64-bit OS or a 32?

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@thisiskevin32: Last time I ordered this Student Deal , it let you choose 32 or 64 bit.

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@thisiskevin32: It does let you choose to add a 32 bit or 64 bit version when ordering.

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If you are a student in the VA Community College system and taking pretty much any IT related course, you can ask your instructor about the MSDN alliance and get not only Windows 7 but Vista, XP and Servers 2003 and 2008 for absolutely free.

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It is SO FRUSTRATING to continually read how things work 99.9% of the time, and yet we seem to be the statistical anomaly---nothing like this upgrade EVER works easily nor without several hiccups/break-downs/crashes along the way. MS will NOT play nice either--they do not care if it wastes your time...their ASSISTANCE in involves nothing but frustration. I would rather be stuck with Windows 3.1 than call Microsoft Customer Service!!!!!

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@cruiz7197: I've never called M$ for support. The upgrade works perfectly fine if you're willing to spend 5 minutes of time, have decent reading comprehension and can follow instructions. Of course if you call them they will generally tell you that you can't use an upgrade copy on a clean install, it's in their script to say so as they want to squeeze as much money out of you as possible.

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APPARENTLY SOLD OUT !! WHEN I TRIED TO BUY, IT NOW SAYS :

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I've always done the following to get around the "upgrade" issue. I have a copy of windows xp sp3 that I install first. You need sp3 because it will allow you to go through the entire install without inputting the cd key. Once you're in xp pop in the windows 7 cd and you're good to install it.

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a: You cannot use "any" .edu address as mentioned earlier. Microsoft maintains a list of schools they will accept .edu emails from as proof of being a student. I'm not going to hunt down the list for you, but it does exist. My friend owns "oldschool.edu", we have letterhead and everything, but that doesn't count. In fact there are many junior colleges still not on the list.

b: Yes, you can certainly use an "upgrade-only" disk to do a fresh install of Vista of Windows 7. I have done it many many times now, and you do not need to mess with anything in regedit. In fact, most people should not be touching regedit ever.

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FYI the educational upgrade is different from the retail upgrade, and should do a clean install without issue or having to do any of the hacks that are required for the retail upgrades.

If you download the iso from them (they have both an upgrade exe and an exe that downloads a full iso you can burn), you can do a clean install without any problem. Mine didn't even request a previous version cd key and activated online with no problem after doing a clean install. However if that doesn't work you can do an install, don't activate it and then reinstall over that and you should be able to activate without issue.

Professional 64 bit is great, it has all the features that almost anyone would ever need.

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Deal worked for me. Just ordered a copy of window 7 professional 64-bit.

Also it is $13 extra if you want an "official" disk, though you do get free shipping.

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@rkjohnsjr that message is usually received if the email used to try to purchase said product has already been used to purchase the same product. I purchased this like 2 years ago and tried to do it again recently for another computer and got this same message.

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I'm a student and I can't get Word to work on my computer (it's a read-only version because I kept on putting off inputting the product key and it eventually wouldn't allow me to do it). Anyway, if I bought this, I would just install it and I'd have access to everything, right?

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"m a student and I can't get Word to work on my computer .... , I would just install it and I'd have access to everything, right?"

No! You need Office or Word and this is the Win 7 OS. You could just install Open Office to replace Word.

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Pretty good deal - but there really don't seem to be a lot of differences between the Home Premium and the Professional editions, and none that I would actually use at home. So kudos to MS for crafting their products appropriately (instead of making the Home edition a cripple so that you'll buy up out of frustration), but no thanks on the upgrade.

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@milesor

Professional is needed at some schools. You're not able to log into some school networks and/or wireless connections without Pro.

Also, Home doesn't allow you to join a domain. That's not a problem for some people, but it does limit the overall functionality of the product for others.