questionschallenge: who can find the lowest price for win7…

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This is so important I will state it again.

I did a bit of research and I am a bit worried about some of the sellers,
I would like to be %100 legal.

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@caffeine_dude: Do you need 2013.. 2010 would probably be cheaper to get..

I hear the importance bit... Purchased MSOffice Pro 2003 some years ago and did the install everything works fine until HDD died and I needed to re-install OS and apps (Documents were backed up)... Low and behold my install of MSOffice Pro 2003 would not authenticate!! Seems someone had been selling the software using a business bulk license so I was out some money and had to replace the software...
Lesson learned the hard way....

Lately I've been seeing the download it and we will send you the license auctions on Ebay... I get a bad feeling when I see these activities...
Sir Robin the Brave says "Run Away!!"

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@hobbitss: She said she needed office 2013. (This makes me wonder if MS office would go away if it was not a requirement) We have Open Office, Libra Office, and Google Docs. What student would not pick free over $80?
Yes you hit my concerns with the legal thing and this is a friend's kid that will be stranded at a remote location if the key suddenly goes bad. Not a good thing to happen at school.

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check with your school. Most colleges have some sort of arrangement with special pricing on MS office or windows for students and staff.

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@kamikazeken: Office cost $80 from the school. I would think it could be cheaper somewhere else. I did not get pricing on Windows 7 yet.

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@caffeine_dude: Check with your IT department, most schools are part of the MSDNAA program by Microsoft which offers a lot of Microsoft software for free. Office is usually not included in this, but many versions of windows including 7 / 8 are included and free under MSDNAA.

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My employer has an arrangement with Microsoft to allow employees to purchase Office for their personal computers for only $15.

Just letting you know this because the student price might not always be cheaper than a corporate discount if you qualify.

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The employer idea is good, I will check. We are primarily an OpenOffice shop.
Thanks!

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No for work. None for the school either.
@missellienc: Can I use any Dell branded OEM disk on any Dell laptop legally?

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So here's the home and student version 2013 download for $99.96.

http://www.discountmountainsoftware.com/miof20hostdo.html

if you want it with the disk, then that would be $109.85.

http://www.discountmountainsoftware.com/miof20hostpk.html

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@caffeine_dude: If it comes with a License or you have a License that works with it you should be good to go...

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They decided wait and to buy new hardware with Windows 7 or 8 installed.

Thanks for all of your help.

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@cengland0: Good point; I too have seen the $15 offer every year or two.

I always buy it, whether I use it or not. Oddly to me, almost no one else ever uses the discount. It is a great bargain, and I always pay a little extra for a copy with a disc rather than a download.

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@caffeine_dude: That Dell 620 laptop was a little old.. The Thinkpad T410 that was on Woot last week was a good deal and it included Win7Pro..

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@hobbitss: I suggested she get a different Laptop but got all but yelled at, she just got 3 laptops from a company that was updating, and got a new battery from Amazon.
She was not happy about the needing Windows 7, even less happy about an updated machine.

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@caffeine_dude: just stumbled on this dialog... Getting "encouraged" off Windows XP was a good thing in the end since Microsoft ends security patches for it April 8, 2014. And Microsoft has been actively issuing patches, even on that ancient OS.

Getting "stranded" in the middle of the school year with laptop problems would not be fun - especially if they are remote to home.

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If there's more than one student in your family, Office 2010 is a much better deal, running around $190 most stores but includes licenses for 3 machines. Price has risen over the last year - supplies clearly tightening as this was last version before Microsoft changed to 1-license versions only.