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[–]Tramd 7 points8 points  (3 children)

For the price, buy 8.1 pro and use the downgrade rights. That way you have an 8.1 license for the future.

[–]mi_nombre_es_ricardo 0 points1 point  (2 children)

This is really smart.

[–]Tarantulas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

downgrade rights

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. :\


[–]ixidorecu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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.

[–]ahlatkiContracted/Business Owner 5 points6 points  (2 children)

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

[–]notHooptieJ 0 points1 point  (1 child)

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)

[–]ahlatkiContracted/Business Owner 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was just giving a suggestion.

[–]Reloader45ACP 1 point2 points  (14 children)

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.

[–]markcaSysadmin/Security in EDU 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]SiRyEm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

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.

[–]MikeSr619 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]wolfcry0 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Amazon is usually the cheapest, around $130-140 last I checked

[–]mattgab 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]nicoalbrecht 0 points1 point  (0 children)

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.

[–]regypt -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

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.