Monday, May 21, 2012 11:23 AM
Dear Microsoft people,
I have been a long-time user of authentic Microsoft products. I used to have an HP Pavilion notebook preinstalled with authentic Windows Vista, and have bought windows 7 64 professional myself for that; in addition, I have also bought a Dell computer with Windows 7 32bit Home Basic preinstalled.
Now I had a new desktop DIYed PC which I would like to install Windows 7 64-bit ultimate for that. To save cost and time I prefer downloading and burn the DVD myself as opposed to have DVD shipped to my address. I googled/binged for cheaper prices, but it seems difficult to find specifically stores offering "download" option. The official Microsoft store, which charges $319.99 for download options, is apparently too costly.
So could someone recommend me stores sell Windows 7 64-bit ultimate via downloading, and have one of the lowest prices?
Monday, May 21, 2012 12:01 PM
Monday, May 21, 2012 12:09 PM
But the $219.99 price is for upgrade version. If I am going to do a fresh installation ultimate 64-bit on a new computer, can I go with that?
Monday, May 21, 2012 1:16 PMno you won't be able too...unless you have an extra copy of windows xp or vista around that you could put on the computer first.
Monday, May 21, 2012 1:37 PM
Then no cheaper place to get a downloaded purchase of 64-bit ultimate?
Is there any Microsoft people here to help?
Monday, May 21, 2012 2:08 PMModeratorThe Microsoft Store is the only entity authorized for genuine Windows 7 downloading. Any other site would be bogus.
Monday, May 21, 2012 2:35 PM
The least expensive Windows license that's intended for installation on a PC with no OS is a generic OEM ("system builder") one. It's still expensive.
It is intended for use only on systems for resale, but there's no enforcement of that, as far as I know.
It has the usual OEM restrictions: no free support from Microsoft, it can't be transferred to a new system, and a DVD for only one bit depth included (32 or 64). I'm not sure whether an OEM copy permits a repair installation, as that is basically an upgrade-in-place to the same version.
As far as I know, it's not available for download. It can be purchased from retailers like www.newegg.com.
If you were a university student, there have been some low-cost deals available, but they may have been for upgrade versions.
If you don't need BitLocker or the language packs, Win7 Pro offers the same features as Ultimate at a lower price.
Monday, May 21, 2012 4:04 PM
When I was a student and had and .edu account I bought Win 7 64 Pro from digitalriver.com at a student price via downloading, pretty cheap. I contacted Microsoft later and they verified the copy as genuine. So would this be an exception to your rule above?
I am actually just looking for the same thing as the previous digitalriver.com experience. Unfortunately digitalriver.com seems no longer sells Win 7 now, so I hope there could be other sites offering the downloading and license selling (to save the DVD copy price).
Monday, May 21, 2012 4:16 PMModeratorOnly site I'm aware of is the Microsoft Store for Windows 7 download option. If I were you, I'd just go ahead and purchase Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit - OEM.
Monday, May 21, 2012 4:27 PM
I have found the right product to buy. Thanks for help.