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Purchase of XP Pro Software


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#1 jayohallen

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 11:40 AM

Hi
I have looked at sites selling Windows XP Pro and XP Pro 64 bit and I
am confused. I eventually want to use the 64 bit version but I am
afraid I will not be able to use my printer or scanner for an
undetermined period of time because of the lack of drivers for 64 bit.
I have noticed a wide range of prices for the Pro but I am afraid of
some of them. I wonder if anyone knows what you should have to pay for
a legitimate version? Low but legal. (Full, OEM and Upgrade: what versions are
required to upgrade from.) I need to know as soon as possible if you
read this and can give me any advice it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks In Advance

Jim Allen

PS I am in the process of ordering parts to build a computer so will be able to use OEM if that is what I decide on.

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 01:57 PM

OEM will be the cheapest. Make sure what you are buying is genuine Microsoft product which has the full hologram on its face and an authentic COA and EULA so you can validate it.

To use an update you must have a previous valid version of windows on the system you are updating. A full, clean install is always better.

I bought an OEM version recently and paid $114.00 including shipping and handling. I have recently seen some for a few dollars less - it seems they vary with time. Make sure the one you get has SP2 already on it and make sure the components you buy are compliant with SP 2 requirements.

#3 jayohallen

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Posted 28 June 2005 - 02:48 PM

HI
Thanks for the reply.

Jim




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