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#1 bizman123

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Posted 21 October 2016 - 08:03 PM

I was wondering what might be best option for obtaining win7 so I can upgrade my vista machine. 

 

I am not real fond of Win10. 

 

So, I am wary of buying a disc without a way of knowing license is good.   Perhaps a scrap computer that has a valid key? 

 

Can used computer stores sell licenses from scrapped computers?

 

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Posted 21 October 2016 - 09:15 PM

Purchasing Windows 7 seems still possible:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/searchpage.jsp?id=pcat17071&st=windows+7

and for this one, scroll down a bit: http://www.newegg.com/Operating-Systems/SubCategory/ID-368



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Posted 21 October 2016 - 10:37 PM

EBay is the best place I know of currently.

 

like this

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-Windows-7-Genuine-Professional-32-64bit-Full-Version-License-COA-Key/172367531959?_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982&_trkparms=aid%3D888007%26algo%3DDISC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D39855%26meid%3De3bf6b524abc476595a82b84ba6b41a2%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D222222027285

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Windows-7-Professional-64bit-32bit-Full-Version-Product-Key-COA-License/222222027285?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D39855%26meid%3D10c19f0715844ef298b4609014285d79%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D182277051485

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-Windows-7-Professional-SP1-COA-Product-Key-32-64-Bit-Genuine-PC-Parts-/182277051485?hash=item2a708f145d:g:ozkAAOSwCGVYAGwH

 

then just download your installer with this tool.

 

https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-iso-download-tool

 

Burn to disk, and install.


Edited by TsVk!, 21 October 2016 - 10:42 PM.


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Posted 21 October 2016 - 10:38 PM

I was wondering what might be best option for obtaining win7 so I can upgrade my vista machine. 

 

I am not real fond of Win10. 

 

So, I am wary of buying a disc without a way of knowing license is good.   Perhaps a scrap computer that has a valid key? 

 

Can used computer stores sell licenses from scrapped computers?

 

Kevin

Keys from machines are attached to that machine. You cannot use them on another machine, legally. But they do normally work if you can get your hands on one.


Edited by TsVk!, 21 October 2016 - 10:47 PM.


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Posted 22 October 2016 - 06:58 AM

I buy my Windows versions via Amazon.

 

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_6_9?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=windows+7+home+premium+64+bit&sprefix=Windows+7%2Caps%2C222

 

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Posted 22 October 2016 - 10:41 AM

Thanks Louis, these Amazon options are closer to what I was looking for.  So I assume the first one on the list in the link you provided work for me?  Or the one down the list just before the thumb drive?  I am not sure what OEM means. 

 

Earlier post with $139 options just didn't make sense to me which took me to used machines.  TsVk, I wasn't referring necessarily to an original OEM sticker key, but rather an old XP or vista machine that somebody actually purchased a new win7 to upgrade, but have since moved on to newer computers.  But the Amazon/Ebay solutions might work for me.  

 

But this brings up a good point, If I have a machine, that I have purchased, built or upgraded and the machine dies (motherboard as example), I can't buy new components for home made computer and install the win7 I had bought??  That seems like a rip off.   

 

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Posted 22 October 2016 - 10:45 AM

EBay is the best place I know of currently.

 

like this

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-Windows-7-Genuine-Professional-32-64bit-Full-Version-License-COA-Key/172367531959?_trksid=p2047675.c100009.m1982&_trkparms=aid%3D888007%26algo%3DDISC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D39855%26meid%3De3bf6b524abc476595a82b84ba6b41a2%26pid%3D100009%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D222222027285

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Windows-7-Professional-64bit-32bit-Full-Version-Product-Key-COA-License/222222027285?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D39855%26meid%3D10c19f0715844ef298b4609014285d79%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D182277051485

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Microsoft-Windows-7-Professional-SP1-COA-Product-Key-32-64-Bit-Genuine-PC-Parts-/182277051485?hash=item2a708f145d:g:ozkAAOSwCGVYAGwH

 

then just download your installer with this tool.

 

https://www.heidoc.net/joomla/technology-science/microsoft/67-microsoft-windows-iso-download-tool

 

Burn to disk, and install.

 

Thanks TsVk, I was under the impression Ebay was a crap shoot no?  if not, maybe I can find one in US which I would at least feel a little better about. 

 

Kevin



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Posted 22 October 2016 - 11:02 AM

OEM or System Builder versions...are supposed to be tied to the system installed upon.  MS considers a change of motherboard to be a new system, officially.

 

However...I have changed motherboards on Windows systems that I have put together (using OEM/System Builder versions of Windowss)...and I've never had a problem getting by activation.  Quite honestly...I don't think MS is worried about Win 7 activations...as they do their best to push Windows 10 into the conscience (and hands) of users :).  If a motherboard becomes damaged and is replaced by a different board...it's somewhat foolish to argue that a new system has been created, IMO.

 

As for worrying about moving Win 7 to a new system or board...it seems to me that Windows 7 is going to follow the same "let's kill this product's use" strategy exercised by MS on XP users.

 

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Posted 22 October 2016 - 11:24 AM

I agree Louis, on the demise of Win7, but I understood it would be supported till 2020.  The computer I wanted to change (mine) will probably be obsolete by 2020 and I also assume there will be a new windows by 2020, that isn't Win10. 

 

Vista actually has been pretty good for me right up until just the last couple months when it stopped updating without manually downloading the install kernel. 

 

After figuring out how to do the win7 install on the other desktop (my son's) I got to thinking I could get a cheap copy of win7, do a fresh install (on my pc) to clean out some registry crap, and be good for a couple years vs just until April which is when I understand all support for vista stops. 

 

I just didn't want to spend more on the win7 than this machine with win7 is even worth. 



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Posted 22 October 2016 - 02:35 PM

Prior to your purchase of Windows 7, make certain you have established if your Windows Vista computer
will be compatible with Windows 7. Take a look at this article (Steps 1-9) by Andy Rathbone.

http://www.dummies.com/computers/operating-systems/windows-7/how-to-upgrade-your-computer-from-windows-vista-to-windows-7/



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Posted 22 October 2016 - 06:02 PM

Thanks.  Should be good with all that.  This will be a fresh install as well. 

 

More advanced computer than others I have in house already on Win 7, I7 Quad core, 6mb ram, no peripherals really but a printer that is already running on Win7.  obviously I will likely need a win7 driver for it. 

 

Just trying to figure out how to get the proper copy of it. 

 

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Posted 23 October 2016 - 07:27 PM

Louis,

 

So in your Amazon link, which add is the one I should be looking at?

 

Kevin






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