Win7 - which to get?

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Win7 - which to get?

Postby Piers » Wed May 25, 2011 1:05 pm

I'm tempted by Ultimate 64-bit, but what's the extra $90 (OEM) actually for compared to Home Premium?
Does the family pack have 32-bit & 64-bit, like the other retail packs?

This didn't help:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/wind ... e?T1=tab04
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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby Mort » Thu May 26, 2011 10:57 pm

Don't even know if you can still get the family pack can you? I don't know if it has 64 bit in it though.

As for why it costs more. No idea really, but unless you have 64bit apps you need to run, or have *more* than 4gb ram installed there's no point really.
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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby Piers » Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:53 pm

JB have the family pack for $249 (upgrade pack) or single upgrades for $171.

DSE had the upgrades for $169 or $198 "advertised special" ... they'd tried to cover up the $169 stickers on the shelf with the special tags ... hmmm
They didn't have the family packs at all on the shelf, but a display mid-store had one scuffed-looking old box on it, no price tag.
All win7 purchases get a $25 voucher to use in store, what crap.
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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby KRaM » Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:30 am

Did you end up getting this?

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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby Piers » Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:22 pm

not yet, want to go in on a three pack?
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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby KRaM » Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:29 pm

Tempting - whats the damage?
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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby Mort » Tue Jun 14, 2011 5:30 pm

I don't think the home license lets you split the copies up among friends, so buying legit copies and then breaking the license terms seems rather redundant.
Have you checked to see if you can get a "home use" copy through your work. Many large orgs have a house copy of windows d office for free or very cheap.
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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby KRaM » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:07 pm

yeah have already taken advantage of that with ms office - no cheaper copy of 7 though but will check again.

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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby Mort » Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:17 pm

Let me know how you go. I'll check my MS partner status and see if I can score discount copies at all.
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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby KRaM » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:52 am

No luck - MS office only.

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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby Piers » Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:23 pm

Mmm, same here. Still, a corker of a deal on MSOffice! 85% off if I get a DVD, 93% off for download only.

Here's the relevant bit of the family pack licence:
If you are a “Qualified Family Pack User”, you may install one copy of the software marked as “Family Pack” on three computers in your household for use by people who reside there.
Which would suck if you bought a copy for your mum who lives in her own house, I guess. What if you installed it and then moved out of home? Are MS going to send Matt and his mates round to lock you up?
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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby Mort » Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:06 pm

Licensing is all an honour system. They don't and can't know if you are installing it in different homes. Its all stupid and overly complicated and the restrictive terms are probably a main reason for pirating in the first place. All they can track is how many times a particular key is used.

So if you've never ever copied a game/cd/dvd etc then I'd imagine the sleep lost over installing different places will drive you insane. I guess it all depends on your personal perspective of dealing with "the system"
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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby Piers » Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:12 pm

So, I'd sleep like a log then...

BTW, my discount % was based on the $210 version, but it's Office pro, so it's $820 off RRP. Way to go!
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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby Mort » Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:41 pm

For what it's worth, I can get Win7 for the following prices:

Home Premium Full - $239.64
Pro Full - $347.46
Ultimate Full - $360.60

Home Premium Upg - $154.35
Pro Upg - $299.31
Ultimate Upg - $312.62

There is also a $9 delivery charge per order, and then I have to arrange to pick it up from Brookvale somehow
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Re: Win7 - which to get?

Postby Brad » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:40 pm

There is always the subscription to technet. For $330 you get 5 licences for everything microsoft to let you "evaluate" the software. That is how I've been getting my versions of office and windows on everyone's computers. You only have to pay for one year and the licence remains valid.
There are often discount codes floating around the web that will get you a further 10-20% off as well.

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