Windows 7 Professional Upgrade (32/64-bit) (Students) [Download] - £30.00 @ Microsoft - HotUKDeals
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** Go to Deal not working for some reason, here is the direct link (copy and paste): http://www.microsoft.com/student/office/en-gb/default.aspx **

** You will need a UK University e-mail address (as that is where the e-mail is sent) **

** Clean install with previous Microsoft OS is not a problem, Clean install with blank hard drive or Linux will require a quick and simple registry hack **

Just saw this on my Uni's website. This seems to be the cheapest 'student' deal for Windows 7 right now.

Scroll down to the "Other Student Deals from Microsoft" box, and click "Learn More" next to the Windows 7 deal. Provide your Uni e-mail address and they will send you an e-mail with a link which verifies you as eligible for purchase.

It is the upgrade version though apparently you can do a clean install with it as well.

Remember to remove the £9.00 " Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32)64 Bit Disk Kit" so you just get the download and the cheaper price (there will be no difference once you have burned the provided ISO to a disc).

You can choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit editions.

Apologies if already posted, a quick search did not turn anything up.
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#1
** Go to Deal not working, here is the direct link: http://www.microsoft.com/student/office/en-gb/default.aspx **

** You CAN do a clean install of Windows with this disc (and indeed you MUST if you are upgrading from XP) there just needs to be an existing version of Windows on the hard drive (no older than XP). **

** If you want to do a Clean install WITHOUT a previous version of Windows (for example if replacing Linux) then proceed with the installation as normal you will need to perform a simple registry hack:

DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS HERE

The gist:

Boot from and install Windows 7 from the disc.

Don't enter Serial or Activate yet.

Type "regedit" into the Start Menu and hit Enter.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/

Change the "MediaBootInstall" key from "1" to "0"

In Start Menu type "cmd" then hit CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER (to run as Administrator)

in Command prompt type "slmgr /rearm"

Restart

Type "Activate Windows" into start menu and hit Return

Enter product key and activate as normal.

(this method is detailed on many sites, and in the comments it is even mentioned that a Microsoft tech has used this method so I would presume it was perfectly legal)

**



If you're looking to buy Office as well don't bother with the Academic license linked on the same page, this is a much better deal:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/microsoft-office-2010-professional-/710183

Not only is it cheaper, but you get a higher spec'd (i.e. more Software) version of Office.


Inclusive of Tax:

http://i52.tinypic.com/166ljig.jpg








Edited By: Xeijin on Sep 10, 2010 00:03: Updated Info
#2
good price, i think it used to be £40 even for students. Also the requirement just seems to be for you to have a university email (for uni students). So if you're an alumni and still have the uni email address it will theoretically work for you.
#3
Like it! Good price. Will definitely be ordering.
Thanks Op.
1 Like #4
simplyjimbo
This is 30 plus the dreaded vat = £35


http://i52.tinypic.com/166ljig.jpg

That was the final confirmation, after inputting credit card details (not actually ordered as I already got one from Software4Students a while back).


Edited By: Xeijin on Sep 08, 2010 14:13: Added Pic
1 Like #5
I wish I were a student again. Even if I didn't get Windows 7. Oh to be a student.
#6
will tis do a clean install over windows xp?
#7
Thanks Xeijin. I shall give it a go. So it seems they are showing the full vat inclusive price, sweeet. One netbook being upgrade nicely.
#8
Deal_HUNT3R
will tis do a clean install over windows xp?


I ordered basically the same deal from Software4Students a while back and I had no problems doing a clean install (simply booted from disc and installed as usual).
#9
But if your at university you can usually get this free through MSDN
#10
sabz786
But if your at university you can usually get this free through MSDN


Only if your Uni has an agreement with MSDN (usually when they have Computer Science or related courses), I know with alot of London universities this isn't the case. Mine (LSE) don't do Computer Science or any related computer courses so that option isn't available to me (and others).
#11
Xeijin
sabz786
But if your at university you can usually get this free through MSDN


Only if your Uni has an agreement with MSDN (usually when they have Computer Science or related courses), I know with alot of London universities this isn't the case. Mine (LSE) don't do Computer Science or any related computer courses so that option isn't available to me (and others).


Mine does have an agreement, but only for those studying Computer Science.
#12
Deal_HUNT3R
will tis do a clean install over windows xp?


Yes it will, I bought this last week from Microsoft, If you are upgrading from XP it insists on a clean install... although if you have more than one drive partition you can keep the old XP version of windows still accessible by installing windows 7 on a different drive, when you turn the computer on you can choose to either run XP or Win 7.

Although now I think about it I'm not sure if I'm supposed to keep using XP as it is Window 7 upgrade. :-/
#13
If I have a friend with a student email account, can i get them to buy it, then install it on my machine?
#14
How does this work then - do you download the software or do they send you the disc?

EDIT - sorry just saw this : Remember to remove the £9.00 " Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32)64 Bit Disk Kit" so you just get the download and the cheaper price (there will be no difference once you have burned the provided ISO to a disc).

If you choose the disc option will you get the whole retail packaging aswell?

Can you do as many clean install on the same pc as you want too?


Edited By: Deal_HUNT3R on Sep 08, 2010 13:51: a
#15
Technically, according to the "rules", you shouldn't......
But how would they know?
dwattsy21
If I have a friend with a student email account, can i get them to buy it, then install it on my machine?
#16
Good price but you can probably get a free copy from your department if you are a student.

I got mine free ;)
1 Like #17
I think all Aston students get them via MSDN doesn't matter what course you do :)
banned#18
I wish I was aluminium oO
#19
electric0ant
good price, i think it used to be £40 even for students. Also the requirement just seems to be for you to have a university email (for uni students). So if you're an alumni and still have the uni email address it will theoretically work for you.
That's alumnus, surely? :)
Good price, heat added!
#20
Deal_HUNT3R
How does this work then - do you download the software or do they send you the disc?


You download the software as an ISO and burn it to a DVD. You can get a physical Disc sent to you as well but that's an extra £9.00.

Edited By: Xeijin on Sep 08, 2010 14:06: extra info
#21
The link doesn't seem to take me to right place? Where should I find the the link?
#22
Worth knowing that if you work for a Uni / school in any role you should be able to get this with a CD for around £10.
#23
Which is the version to go for? 64 or 32 bit?
#24
blueincubus
Worth knowing that if you work for a Uni / school in any role you should be able to get this with a CD for around £10.


how is that mate? any links?
#25
deep_sing
The link doesn't seem to take me to right place? Where should I find the the link?


Go to Deal not working for some reason:
http://www.microsoft.com/student/office/en-gb/default.aspx
#26
Xeijin
Deal_HUNT3R
How does this work then - do you download the software or do they send you the disc?


You download the software as an ISO and burn it to a DVD. You can get a physical Disc sent to you as well but that's an extra £9.00.

You can also extract the ISO to a memory stick (at least 4GB in size) and boot from that. Seemed to make it speedier for me when I did it too. You use microsoft's own tool found here: http://store.microsoft.com/help/iso-tool
#27
Deal_HUNT3R
Which is the version to go for? 64 or 32 bit?


Depends on your system type?
#28
AgentSmith
Deal_HUNT3R
Which is the version to go for? 64 or 32 bit?


Depends on your system type?


just a normal pc user nothing fancy - documents, internet music and films

Edited By: Deal_HUNT3R on Sep 08, 2010 14:24: a
#29
Deal_HUNT3R
AgentSmith
Deal_HUNT3R
Which is the version to go for? 64 or 32 bit?


Depends on your system type?


just a normal pc user nothing fancy - documents, internet music and films


If you right click Computer icon:

http://www.veryicon.com/icon/preview/Hardware/Vista%20Hardware%20Devices/Computer%20Icon.jpg

then Properties, you'll see if your system type is 32 or 64-bit.

You'll have to choose depending on that.
#30
lnb1996
Technically, according to the "rules", you shouldn't......
But how would they know?
dwattsy21
If I have a friend with a student email account, can i get them to buy it, then install it on my machine?


If you are not illegible then you may aswell just pirate it. If you are using against the terms agreed it is still not legit anyway.
#31
As this is an upgrade im currently on vista 64bit, my sisters a student and we share my pc so is it an upgrade from vista for 30 quid or any windows? or is this just a full version no previous required?
#32
Unless you're doing an upgrade from a 32bit Vista system or your computer doesn't have a 64 bit CPU (most nowadays do, but alot of netbooks are 32bit) you should go for the 64bit version.

The only real difference many people will see is that they can use more than 4GB of RAM. Even if you are below this it helps to prepare for the future. 4GB is pretty much the standard nowadays.

Also the key you are given is valid for both 32 bit and 64 bit versions. So if in the future you want to use the 64 bit version you can do a clean reinstall using 64 bit media using the same key.
#33
adamg64
As this is an upgrade im currently on vista 64bit, my sisters a student and we share my pc so is it an upgrade from vista for 30 quid or any windows? or is this just a full version no previous required?


It's titled as an upgrade, but I'm pretty sure the key can be used for a fresh install. I did it along with many others the last time this deal was around. The same also happened for Vista.
#34
Thanks - will get my dtr to order it.
#35
DarthBlingBling
.

Also the key you are given is valid for both 32 bit and 64 bit versions. So if in the future you want to use the 64 bit version you can do a clean reinstall using 64 bit media using the same key.


you definitely sure on this point mate - if so great!
#36
By the way, while it says it only works with .ac.uk it'll also work with .sch.uk email addresses, for any students/teachers in secondary school!
#37
Deal_HUNT3R
blueincubus
Worth knowing that if you work for a Uni / school in any role you should be able to get this with a CD for around £10.


how is that mate? any links?


It's through similar deals these but with extra levels of discounts for staff, all the Universities so far as I'm aware do it. Most Unis will have an IT store through which they will be sold, you'll have to show staff ID but they should give a good price. I work at Leeds Uni and bought Win 7 Ultimate for £15 (just checked and my quoted £10 was a slight exaggeration!) around 6-8 months ago.
#38
might go for this
#39
I work at an FE college and have a ac.uk email address, so do students, so should work for those too
#40
DarthBlingBling
Unless you're doing an upgrade from a 32bit Vista system or your computer doesn't have a 64 bit CPU (most nowadays do, but alot of netbooks are 32bit) you should go for the 64bit version.The only real difference many people will see is that they can use more than 4GB of RAM. Even if you are below this it helps to prepare for the future. 4GB is pretty much the standard nowadays.Also the key you are given is valid for both 32 bit and 64 bit versions. So if in the future you want to use the 64 bit version you can do a clean reinstall using 64 bit media using the same key.

Don't you also need to make sure all your software is 64 bit or is everything on 32 bit basis automatically treated as 32 bit by the 64 bit operaing system? :|

Edited By: Meathotukdeals on Sep 08, 2010 16:50: tpoys

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