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First deal posted so be nice!

From IT247.com.

Cost is £55.31 (Inc vat) and cheapest postage is £ 3.90 (10 day turnaround) so total £59.21.

Licencing details here I believe: http://www.microsoft.com/uk/education/buy/licensing/full.mspx

HTH

Bubba©
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#1
Welcome to HotUKDeals and Thanks for your first post :)
#2
Ive seen this advertised elsewhere for about the same price, I think we need more clarification on the licence issues. eg Will this activate from the contents in the box or do you have to send away to get the licence key?
#3
Full Packaged Products


Microsoft Education Academic Full Packaged Products (FPP) are for education institutions, students and charitable organisations* who want to buy software in very small quantities.

* In the UK this includes not-for-profit companies limited by guarantee and other community-based organisations in the voluntary and community sector.

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To qualify for FPP, you must:

Prove you are eligible before you buy the package. Students will need to be enrolled full- or part-time on a course that will deliver an academic qualification publicly recognised by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) or the Irish Department of Education (DOE)
Return the registration card to us after you buy the package
Make sure the package has a sticker on it saying 'Academic Price - not for use in a commercial environment'
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#4
I got a copy of Windows XP when I was at uni for free (along with lots of other Microsoft software) as I was doing a course which reasonably could not be completed without it. Not sure if it was under the same system as this, or after Vista is old news they will offer it free too.
#5
I wouldn't even bother switching to Vista until at least the first service pack is released.

Also upgrading to Vista from an existing OS (XP, 2000, etc) I would not recommend as this causes lots of conflicts with hardware and certain software packages. If you were set on installing Vista I would highly recommend installing a fresh copy from scratch and avoid the upgrade option at all costs.
#6
miketrim
Ive seen this advertised elsewhere for about the same price, I think we need more clarification on the licence issues. eg Will this activate from the contents in the box or do you have to send away to get the licence key?


Hi miketrim,

Although others have been advertising this product, this was actually the only place that had any in stock.

My understanding from the link I gave is that this activates straight out of the box - my Windows XP Academic upgrade certainly did although obviously it might be better to get it from someone who has actually installed it. I qualify anyway under the licencing criteria.

I've already bought this from IT247.com (received in approx 5 days using the 10 day delivery option) but am not installing until I have a new hard drive (hoping to dual boot).

HTH

Bubba©
#7
Jayanator
.........If you were set on installing Vista I would highly recommend installing a fresh copy from scratch and avoid the upgrade option at all costs.


That can be done from a full retail Upgrade version:

Instructions here

Bubba©
#8
Jayanator
Also upgrading to Vista from an existing OS (XP, 2000, etc) I would not recommend as this causes lots of conflicts with hardware and certain software packages. If you were set on installing Vista I would highly recommend installing a fresh copy from scratch and avoid the upgrade option at all costs.


Vista doesn't upgrade in the traditional fashion. You need to have XP installed for it to validate you are entitled to the upgrade but then it asks whether you want to do a fresh install or not. With a fresh install it is as if XP never existed. If you choose the other option, all the existing XP installation is saved to a "windows old" directory and Vista then does a fresh install to the remaining space. Hence, you will never get the problems that XP encountered when upgrading from 98 etc.
#9
Bubba Shaboo
Hi miketrim,

Although others have been advertising this product, this was actually the only place that had any in stock.

My understanding from the link I gave is that this activates straight out of the box - my Windows XP Academic upgrade certainly did although obviously it might be better to get it from someone who has actually installed it. I qualify anyway under the licencing criteria.

I've already bought this from IT247.com (received in approx 5 days using the 10 day delivery option) but am not installing until I have a new hard drive (hoping to dual boot).

HTH

Bubba©


Can you please post back here once you've installed. Cheers :thumbsup:
#10
I want to install vista on my pc,can any-one advice me please on how i would remove xp off my pc and other pre installed software or would i be best to get some one in to do this as i am a neewbie to computing but willing to learn,thanks for ANY advice
#11
imke69
I want to install vista on my pc,can any-one advice me please on how i would remove xp off my pc and other pre installed software or would i be best to get some one in to do this as i am a neewbie to computing but willing to learn,thanks for ANY advice


Power on your PC, keep the F8 pressed whilst it is doing its normal checks. It should come up with a boot menu - select 'Command prompt only'. After a while it should come up with 'C:\>'.

To completely format the C:\ drive (usually the main hard drive where XP is installed) type in the following command and then press return:

format c:

This'll wipe the C: drive of it's contents - make sure this is what you want to do as there's no way back afterwards!

Place you Vista DVD in the DVD drive and boot from the DVD drive (you may need to select the DVD drive as your first boot device) - follow the install instructions..
#12
thanks for the advice,will this still work even though xp is built into the p.c.as when i have formatted in past every has loaded its self.cheers
#13
It installs straight from the box and the activation key comes with it! It can also be installed onto a clean hard drive using a workaround found here http://www.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/2007/01/31/vista-upgrade-workaround-install-procedure/

I can confirm this works as ive used it myself to avoid the hassle of an upgrade over a clean install. With previous versions of windows to qualify for an upgrade you just had to insert an installation disk from a previous version of windows and it crosschecked a file to prove you qualified this time it checks your hard drive, but because you can install Vista for 30 days trial without entering your activation code, you can then "upgrade" to the full registered version!
Doing a double install like this took about 40 minutes on my pc! It works and Microsoft have confirmed themselves they arent going to patch this loophole which basically means they allow it! They are probably more concerned with pirate copies than people saving a few quid here and there!
#14
harlzter
It works and Microsoft have confirmed themselves they arent going to patch this loophole which basically means they allow it!
Not quite. What they mean is that they aren't going to recall millions of DVDs in order to release a patched version. Pointless for the small number of people who are going to buy a legit upgrade copy to use as a full install. They already have your money, and likelihood is if you're buying Vista you've already bought XP.

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