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Old Yesterday, 21:10   #1
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Cheapest way to get (retail) Windows 7/8?

So it seems that my house has been cursed in the last month by a PC killing witch. Either that, or 3 PCs just decided to die all within a month of each other. I'm going with the witch thing.

Anyway, I was able to re-use one windows 7 key as it was retail and I had bought a Windows 8 key when MS were doing them cheap. But now I find myself about to build the 3rd PC and wondering where the cheapest place to get a retail Windows key would be. I've checked out the obvious places but I don't fancy paying 150 if I can help it.

Of course, I could go OEM but recent experience kinda makes me want to grab a copy that can be transferred if I want to upgrade the mobo/cpu...

So, am I missing something? Is there a cheaper way to buy (legally), or do I just have to bite the bullet?
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Looks like the retail non-pro version of 8.1 is 99.99 direct from Microsoft.
Best price elsewhere I could find from a recognised shop was here: http://www.dabs.com/products/microso...onal-93L0.html (86.74).

Otherwise there is this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Microsoft-...-/331169796089 ???
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Phone MS and tell them pc failed and ask to reuse existing oem key.
Usually they will allow it.
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Phone MS and tell them pc failed and ask to reuse existing oem key.
Usually they will allow it.
Hmm, I might try that. Thanks for the heads up Sparkyboy.

As for the college course, I think there comes a point where you might (just) be going too far for a bargain.

As for everyone else, thanks for your help and suggestions. Much appreciated.
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I had a look on Dreamspark and didn't see Windows 7/8 available there?
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Well the good news is I seem to have solved my own problem. Walked into Currys this afternoon and managed to pick up THIS PC for 115. Seems I can claim a free copy of Battlefield 4 as well. I would prefer to build my own PC but at that price I couldn't say no.

Weird thing is that it seems to have a GT620 card added with the mobo video outputs covered up. Why on earth you'd replace built-in graphics with a discrete card that is worse, I've no idea. Still, hopefully I can remove the card and restore the built-in graphics. Maybe use the Gt620 in a media server.
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