For the price, buy 8.1 pro and use the downgrade rights. That way you have an 8.1 license for the future.
This is really smart.
It sounds smart, until you read what those rights are... which is basically your "right" to purchase a machine with Windows preinstalled, and then purchase the older OS you want to install it on the machine you've already paid for Windows once on. :\
also, read the fine print. win8 has personal use + downgrade rights. win8.1 does not. in essence, buying the OEM 8.1 is a bad idea.
If you are doing keys regularly for refurbs go here, you have to sign a contract and take a test but it is worth the time and money for super cheap keys, http://www.microsoft.com/RefurbishedPCs/rrp.aspx
there are rules as to how those licenses can be used, you cant just buy a refurbished license and slap it on there, You have to document the hardware purchase, the hardwares' original COA, and the sales of said licenses afterward.
if he was just going to ignore the rules he may as well buy MSDN codes off ebay.
If he's reselling machines however, the MAR is almost a requirement, and most certainly a big boon to business. (around $50 for W7 HOME PRE , closer to $75 for pro and 8 - Costs depending on your assigned reseller, and your volume)
I was just giving a suggestion.
Amazon, Microsoft, major retailers etc.. are where you would go to get genuine copies of Windows 7.
On eBay you can find people selling just the product keys for $40-$60. These are almost always Volume License product keys. They technically work, but it's against MS' TOS to sell these. It's also common for the seller to sell the same key to multiple people or for the key to suddenly stop working months after the purchase date. You have zero recourse when (not if) the keys get blocked.
If you want to stay legal and own legit software, buy from trusted sources.
Amazon has Windows 7 Pro SP1 x64 for $139.99
My question though is why would you buy an OS that is scheduled to be retired on January of 2015. Windows 10 is just around the corner and all rumors are saying Windows 8 and 8.1 users will get Win 10 for free (or heavily discounted). If your an organization and need Windows 7, you should just pony up and pay the full price. If your a home user. Buy the latest OS that will work with your hardware. You can tweak 8.1 to look a lot like Windows 7 and it only helps you to learn a new OS.
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Thats about as little as you can pay for legit licenses from retail.
the only "semi legit" way i can think of otherwise would be to hit up some pawn shops and used computer stores and buy some dead or near dead machines of the same brand with win7 COAs on them .. and "re purpose" the lciense (also not super legit,will pass general muster, but not rigorous inspection)
To be completely "legit" you really do need to buy full licenses.
I'm pretty sure Windows 8.1 is around that price. And unless they need domain support they don't need pro.
Yikes. Still gonna suggest 8.1 due to long term benefits.
Imagine OP's surprise when the 15 year-old software his employer balances their entire business on won't run on Win8.
My copy of Outlook express will work on this right?!
So no more security updates for Windows 7 after January?
I was under the impression that it was no more feature updates after January, as in only security updates.
Oh, okay. I was afraid it was going to be like Windows XP all over again.
Not yet... Give it another five years.
Had a co-worker show me this today when he was looking for the same thing. Cheapest price I've seen in quite awhile for Win 7 Pro licenses.
You might want to go with Win 8.1. Microsoft is talking about giving away Window 10 for free as an upgrade.
Depends on your need.
Amazon or www.buycheapsoftware.com
Amazon is usually the cheapest, around $130-140 last I checked
I bought mine from http://www.nicogroup.net worked like a charm and running for 6 month. Had a technical problem and called Microsoft tech support. Key passed their inspection and no issues.
From me, please. I have like 20 I need to get rid of. Can't do cheap, though. I can do the $135 that you're seeing everywhere else.