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Windows Windows 7 upgrade

Discussion in 'Software' started by tj010480, 3 Nov 2010.

  1. tj010480

    tj010480 What's a Dremel?

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    Is it possible to boot a new pc with a downloaded student version of windows 7, or should I install vista (which I currently have the disk for) then buy and download, and install that way?

    Cheers
     
  2. Cerberus90

    Cerberus90 Car Spannerer

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    eh??

    If by student version of windows 7, you mean an MSDNAA one, then yes, its exactly the same as any other version.

    If you've got the downloaded student version, why would you install vista, then buy windows 7 again??

    Don't really understand your problem or your question.
     
  3. tj010480

    tj010480 What's a Dremel?

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  4. RichCreedy

    RichCreedy Hey What Who

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    all upgrade versions are the same, they can all be used to install a full version, without preinstalling previous os's, and microsoft do recommend just that.

    use of the search facility on the forums would have answered this question.
     
  5. No_Na_Me

    No_Na_Me PC & water, this can only end well

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    Yes install from DVD, if you check the site you will see if you get a 64 bit version and upgrade from a 32 bit it says you have to do a fresh install. HTH.
     
  6. tj010480

    tj010480 What's a Dremel?

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    thanks for your help guys, soz for my lack of reading/searching :(
     
  7. DarrenH

    DarrenH What's a Dremel?

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    Yes it is possible to install the student upgrade on a new PC. I have done just that today!

    I too bought mine from software4students and the total cost is just over £40 (they add a transaction fee of nearly £2) for the Professional 64-bit upgrade. I still had my Ubuntu 64-bit hard disk and also my Windows XP old hard drive in my new PC. Here's the steps I took:-

    • Purchase software (I chose to download - they will deliver a DVD if you want)
    • A Win 7 Professional Key is given to you upon purchase - you will need this to install
    • Download the installer (both 32-bit & 64-bit are available)
    • The installer then downloads Win 7 file (.sdc)
    • Installer extracts a Win 7 DVD image file from the .sdc

    You can then either carry on with the installation from your current system or do as I did and burn the image file to a DVD (I burnt 2 DVDs - the 32-bit & 64-bit). I then rebooted from my new DVD and installed Win 7 Professional Upgrade on a new Hard Drive.

    A great bargain at £40!

    (I still have Ubuntu and XP installed on the same system)
     
  8. thelaw

    thelaw What's a Dremel?

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    Looks like a good site Darren...however concerned about the eligibility bit, looks like they just sell it to anyone student or not given they do not do checks, does that mean they supply a multi user key? I would be concerned on what would happen should microsoft pulls there key from them to all its users if that is the case or did you get a individual key....still in the mean time its a cheap alternative but i would wonder what happened if microsoft realised others were just using it for cheap software to there keys they supply to end users?


    "The Key Facts About Eligibility.


    1. All School, College, University students and their family members are eligible!

    2.No Student ID required for Microsoft Software*:As an Official Microsoft Partner, our offers extend beyond academic email address holders so that any family member or guardian can buy on behalf of a pupil or student.

    *All licensee's must be Qualified Education Users (i.e. students or their parents or guardians)


    Software4Students launched in 2007
    with help from Microsoft

    3. You receive Full Professional version software at an academic price for lifetime use at home only.

    4. Microsoft have linked to us from their site - because you may think this is too good to be true. Thousands of customers can confirm this is the real deal.






    5. Strict licensing restrictions from Microsoft means that each student is only entitled to purchase ONE software license of each product.

    6. Pay Less, Get More. And if you have any problems with your transaction our support team are on hand to help:
     
  9. DarrenH

    DarrenH What's a Dremel?

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    When I registered they did ask for the Students name and also place of study/school. I believe the school named get a small rebate.

    The key is a single activation key unique to myself and not a multi-user one.

    It is a good bargain. But why shouldn't students and family members benefit? I think the normal retail price is way to high. Look at all the pre-installed copies on Laptops and PCs. The big distributors get massive discounts and this is passed on to the consumer. Why should you not get the same discount when you build your own?
     
  10. thelaw

    thelaw What's a Dremel?

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    lol just read they do checks on persons buying "less than 2% " they state in otherwords "we do token checks to make sure people are not 'abusing' the system to keep microsoft happy :-D"

    Still its up to them...i need to join a uni i think. :-D
     
  11. sb1991

    sb1991 What's a Dremel?

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    To the OP: you technically need a microsoft OS on the hard drive before installing the upgrade version, but you can get around it easily by changing a value in the registry ,instructions here. Bit of a gray area legally, but if you already own a license for Vista that you're not using on another computer then I'd have no qualms about saving some time installing.

    Software4students are good, but if you've got a .ac.uk email address, I think you can get it cheaper directly from microsoft... check first.
     
  12. sandys

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    Oops misread post, info already given
     
  13. Ljs

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    Out of interest, does it say "student version" or something similar on startup or anything?
     
  14. Cerberus90

    Cerberus90 Car Spannerer

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    nope.

    Its exactly like any other version of windows you'd buy from anywhere else.
     
  15. mansueto

    mansueto Too broke to mod

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    I think the "student" thing is a gimmic. I got a "student" version but when they sent me the disk it's just an upgrade version of windows 7 pro 64 bit. The license doesn't expire either.
     

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