Windows 7 - Firesale prices
by Stephen Mann on Aug 29, 2012 at 4:55:03 pm
If you're like me, I am not looking forward to windows 8, so I will take advantage of closeout pricing and "stock up" on Win 7 licenses. Amazon is selling "Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack (3-User)" for $115.
While it's an "upgrade", there is a Microsoft-approved process to do a new install with upgrade discs. First install the upgrade, but do not provide the software key when asked. This installs Win 7 in the demo mode. When finished, go to the DVD and click on "setup.exe" to start the install over. This time, enter the software key.
Re: Windows 7 - Firesale prices by Dave Haynie on Sep 1, 2012 at 3:45:08 am
Windows upgrades usually accept any older Windows install disc, or any Windows partition, as an acceptable thing to upgrade. I didn't know the run-twice trick.
And sure, I have no use for Windows 8. All three of my PCs were Windows 7 early on, but even at the launch, I paid $50/copy for the upgrade, so this is a great deal. You'd kind of think, with Windows 8 coming, the price of Windows 7 licenses would actually go up :-) I bought two full-price (well, "support it yourself" System Builder discs) this summer, one for a PC I built for my son, one for the Windows partition on my daughter's new MacBook Pro. That was about $200 worth, for two, but of course, neither were upgrades (unless you count the MacOS X -> Windows 7 upgrade....).