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buying xp pro

Discussion in 'Software' started by adrian, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. adrian

    adrian Nibble Poster

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    does anyone know where i can buy a copy for a reasonable price? as in the full product, licence and media (1 computer)

    Iv looked around and all i can find is upgrades and a full product that costs £170!! thats like release price, its 2 versions old now surely the price has dropped significantly?
     
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  2. Josiahb

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    The price has actually gone back up, not surprising really, limited availability means those that have got a few copies left can charge a premium for them.
     
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  3. dmarsh

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    Why not just buy Win 7 ?
     
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  4. Josiahb

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    Thats the decision we came to as a company, any new machines will be Win7 (or linux actually depending). All our licenses are OEM so Win XP dies with the hardware its sat on.
     
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  5. adrian

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    I dont want windows 7 because I dont see the point in it for my purposes. I want to move to Linux but want windows there as a comfort blanket until I am fully happy with linux...I long ago lost my xp disk and key and If i format and partition my hdd for duel booting then i will no longer have windows to run to if I have issues with linux. I know these days its quite user friendly what with ubuntu and that but I want to be able to just boot xp and do what I want in the cases where i cant do it on linux and dont have the time to find the solution.

    Also, xp is a perfectly good os that doesnt eat the system resources that vista or 7 does - I had hoped that xp would be a reasonable price as i only want it as a backup, theres no way im paying more than £50 for it and im certanly not going to pay £170 for windows 7 (or however much it costs).

    dunno what ill do now - I might just take the plunge and go full linux without the saftey net
     
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    why not get an OEM version. Your supposed to buy hardware to buy an OEM version so buy a USB flash drive and XP pro will cost about £100 or there abouts.
     
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  8. adrian

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  10. LukeP

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    This is kind of a shop I would never consider buying from
     
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  11. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    What Luke said. They don't even have a land line, just a mobile number. If it looks to good to be true, it usually is. I'd avoid if I were you.

    p.s. They also have no address listed when when you do a whois lookup on the domain.

    edit: Does it have to be XP Pro? Amazon have a copy of XP Home SP3 oem for £73.61.

    That one is supplied by Amazon themselves, but watch out for private sellers on there. Looks like there are some pirate copies being sent out by some people.
     
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  12. adrian

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    well i guess i could use home but 70 is still too much - ill just jump right into linux and to hell with it :P
     
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  13. Toasty

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    Are you able to get the license key using software then borrow and xp disk to use to install
     
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  14. SimonD

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    In all honesty I would probably just go for a Standard Technet Subscription for £134, that way you have access to not just the XP media but also pretty much everything MS has to offer.
     
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  15. Josiahb

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    I'd suggest the same for your purposes, although I think your "fear" of 7 is entirely unfounded. My home hardware is now 5 years old and I saw no noticeable performance change between XP and Win 7, but I digress.

    The technet subscription allows access to a whole wealth of useful stuff and is worth every tech who works in an MS environments cash imho.
     
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