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The Cheapest Way to Get Windows 7

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Newegg has listed prices for OEM copies of Windows 7—technically intended for little computer building businesses, but there's nothing stopping you buying them. And as long as you understand some mostly-minor limitations, you can save some serious money.

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Take a look at the table—that's not chump change. Newegg is also taking a further $5-$15 off some prices for pre-orders before October 20.

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The main two caveats: OEM product keys aren't transferrable from one PC to another, and you'll need to install them on a formatted machine (usually the best way, anyway). Less of a concern is that you don't get any support or packaging; just the disc. Still sounds like a bargain to me—unless you're a college student, in which case you can pick Windows 7 up for just $30 bucks. [Newegg via ComputerWorld via ArsTechnica]

Windows 7Home PremiumProfessionalUltimate
OEM$110$140$190
Retail Upgrade$120$200$220
Full Retail$200$300$320
Full OEM (3 Pack)$310N/A$550

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DISCUSSION

HEY EVERYBODY

can i get that $30 college student package and install in bootcamp on my MBP?

On the link it says "upgrade version", but I've had windows PCs in the past, just not at the moment...does that qualify?

Is it possible to format part of my drive and install Win7 on there, as a fresh install?