Recommend a cheap copy of XP Pro?

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  1. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I'm putting a computer together for my friend.
    He has a case/mobo/dvd-combo bundle and also memory.

    So he still needs the hard drive and cpu. (it's a socket 478)

    I'm hoping to find an oem copy of XP Pro, maybe bundled with
    a hard drive or the cpu.
    He's wanting just an internet machine, so he doesn't need a Pentium.
    A Celeron 2.8ghz or so will do fine.
    I could probably convince him to go with a Celeron M if it will work on his board. (I don't know the model of mobo yet)

    Does anybody have a reliable link for cheap oem software?
     
  2. P07r0457

    P07r0457 New Member

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    you want the celeron D.

    just go on newegg for XP Pro.
     
  3. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Celeron D it is then. The D 335 is only $65 at Newegg. Not bad.

    XP Pro is $150 at Newegg though. I was hoping to find that cheaper than that. I might tell my buddy to get XP home edition instead.
     
  4. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    If you're a student at a university MS has an Academic Alliance program where you can get all sorts of software for very cheep. Check with your department head.

    I got XP Pro for $5, Visual Studio '03 for like $15 and a bunch of other stuff. I got like 3 grand in software for around fiddy bucks. No manuals but it's kick ass software.
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    My last college class was over 20 years ago. I don't think they'd go for it. :ugh:
     
  6. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    even better

    find a local college, university or junior college that has the program then get your work to pay for 1 class so you're a student then order all the software from the program. Who cares if you pass the class or not.
     
  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    My friends family is very religious. I would almost certainly get hit by lightning before I left their driveway.
     
  8. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    :wtf:

    uh...it's not like you'd be doing anything illegal. It's totally legit....even after you leave school u can keep the s/w.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    :hsugh: Tell that to Microsoft.
     
  10. MrBrotato

    MrBrotato New Member

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    Umm, its true.

    MS wants to give it to you cheap so you get hooked and buy it for life. I got win 2003 server for free, still have access to XP pro for less than $10 and office and all that stuff.
     
  11. Coottie

    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    You don't know what the hell you're talking about. I've read all the MS-AA agreements before purchasing my software. It's totally legit, legal and acceptable.

    You should do some research before you speak because you don't know what you are talking about. These are not the standard EULAs that come with boxed copies of the software.

    This is a special program for students only.

    The agreement with my school is that you only have to be enrolled in 1-CS class in order to qualify. There is no requirement to be a CS student, you don't have to take a 3000 or 4000 level course. Hell you don't even have to complete the course. The ONLY requirement is that when you sign up and order the software, you are in a CS course. You can get the software and drop the course immediatly.

    I seriously couldn't believe the pricing either. I mean come on Visual Studio Pro for $15??? That's insane!!! But I've got the program installed to prove it.

    Just because you aren't familiar with this legitimate plan doesn't make it illegal.
     
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  13. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Alrighty then. :eek3:
     
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    Tom's Hardware reviewed a model of the Pentium D that could supposedly be overclocked to around 4GHz per core, without needing major improvements in cooling. You might want to find out which model that is, price it at NewEgg, and pick one up -- as I recall, they're deceptively inexpensive, and that way your friend won't need to upgrade at any time in the near future.
     
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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    OOPS...I just realized the OPs building this comp for a friend. Forget everything I suggested. The MS-AA licenses are NOT transferrable. Have your friend take a class then buy the software and it's 100% legit.
     
  16. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    This is going to be a budget machine through and through.
    So the Celeron D 335 is going to be just fine at $65.
     
  17. deusexaethera

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    Yes, it is going to be a budget machine. But the point I'm making is that today's budget machine is next year's dust-collector, and if the guy can afford the more expensive CPU, then two things will happen:

    1. His computer will last longer before needing an upgrade to keep up with modern software.

    2. He will be less likely to be stuck in a situation where he should be able to upgrade just the CPU, but he ends up having to buy a processor AND mobo because he can't find the kind of previous-generation CPU he would need for a simple upgrade anymore.

    Yes, eventually he'll have to replace all the components because they will all be obsolete in time, but it would be better if he could use a compatible set of parts for as long as possible before shelling out the cash to replace them. If that means spending a couple hundred more in the short term (assuming he can afford it; if not then it's a moot point) then his extra investment may pay for itself because won't have to upgrade anything until his entire computer is obsolete.
     
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  18. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    That would have made sense if he didn't already have the mini-case socket 478 mobo combo.

    Plus, he has a small budget.
     
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    What, you think I read the original post? What the hell is wrong with you?

    :fawk:
     
  21. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I know about MSDNAA, we have it here and all the software on it is free of charge. Quite a few of my friends run XP with MSDNAA licenses. However, AFAIK, the license does _not_ allow you to continue using the software when you cease to be a student. The license is owned by the university and you're allowed to use it only because you are a student.

    I could be wrong. I don't come near MS shit with a 10 foot pole, so I certainly haven't read the fine print.
     
  23. Doc Brown

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    Coottie BOOMER......SOONER OT Supporter

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    my last post was anythign but a rant....you should explain what "Tell that to MS means" cuz it doesn't fit.

    yes you are wrong. You can continue using the software after you graduate. Can't use them to develop commercial software tho...that's against the license.

    Most progs you can check out the disks and get it for free. At my school you can also buy the disks for very little money. I bought them so I have them for life now.

    Perhaps you should just read the licenses before you speak. You wouldn't look so uninformed.
     
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    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    I was implying that using the software after you graduate is against the license. Apparently I was wrong :dunno:

    Eh, I truly couldn't give a flying fuck either way. I don't use Microsoft products and don't plan to any time soon, so the terms of the license aren't really relevant to me.
     

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