Windows 7 Ultimate - The Basement - £58.87 Delivered (Student or Parents of) @ RM
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Windows 7 Ultimate - The Basement - £58.87 Delivered (Student or Parents of) @ RM

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Found 13th Apr 2011Made hot 13th Apr 2011
Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit and 64bit Upgrade DVD

You can install as a fresh install using this media.

32 bit rm.com/sho…a6d

64 bit rm.com/sho…a6d

Great deal for school, college and university students *and* their parents - not sure how strict The Basement is with checking student status so maybe non-students can bag a deal too.

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Several things: from their website
1.) Please note: This is an upgrade and you must have a current operating system on your computer for this upgrade to work.
2.) Parents, guardians and carers etc. can buy on behalf of students if for student home-use.
3.) From the FAQ: Products bought from the Basement can only be used by student or pupil in full-time education in the UK. If the student is unable to place the order themselves, their parent or guardian may do so on their behalf.
4.) They appear to check that the person the software is intended for is actually at a school or college

Edited by: "pete_l" 13th Apr 2011

If only council tax worked like this.

NOTE: These upgrade copies will work as normal. You just need to either:

- Install Windows WITHOUT a key first (i.e Evaluation copy) then install Windows over that AGAIN with the key.

- Install Windows as usual and use Registry Editor (regedit.exe) to change the MediaBootInstall value from 1 to 0 in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE key.

Oh and also you can get Windows 7 Pro and Home Premium cheaper as a student, for around £30 to £50. Worth looking into as I seriously doubt you'll need the extra features offered by Ultimate. Still voted hot though as its a cracking deal!

not sure how strict The Basement is with checking student status so maybe … not sure how strict The Basement is with checking student status so maybe non-students can bag a deal too.



Umm... So fraud basically.

what dont you phone crimestoppers?

Does a 5-year old count?

WorKid2

Does a 5-year old count?


yes, just like it did with the free laptop scheme
Edited by: "Highway72" 13th Apr 2011

great deal voted hot

blizzard7

Umm... So fraud basically.



Also worth looking into the payback for trying it on ie buy full priced version at a very full price.

Yeah hot deal for those who can.

Cold for me: I am not a student.


School of life!

why should the general public have to pay more than the 'special' student prices?

Voted hot by the by

richb93

NOTE: These upgrade copies will work as normal. You just need to either:- … NOTE: These upgrade copies will work as normal. You just need to either:- Install Windows WITHOUT a key first (i.e Evaluation copy) then install Windows over that AGAIN with the key.- Install Windows as usual and use Registry Editor (regedit.exe) to change the MediaBootInstall value from 1 to 0 in the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE key.



Hi thanks for the info so basically I can do a fresh install without having to have a copy of windows in the first place ( or using a evaluation copy as you said) and will I be able to do all the updates as normal and run it like a legitimate copy of Windows? thanks
one last thing will I be able to do all of this using a cheaper upgrade version as a pose to ultimate or does this technique only work on ultimate? thanks again

bigsky

Cold for me: I am not a student.



Hot – to balance this out.

My son is 18 and in 6th form, how can he get this deal?

I would have voted this hot, but as the OP and some others seem intent on encouraging fraud I'm going to vote cold. Just because you can get away with circumventing the license terms doesn't mean it's right to do it and I'm not sure where this site stands legally by allowing members to encourage others to do so.

blizzard7

Umm... So fraud basically.



Microsoft are not a government body nor council. They cannot make laws. Thus its not law and the EULA really doesn't mean a lot.

Matt.Wild

Microsoft are not a government body nor council. They cannot make laws. … Microsoft are not a government body nor council. They cannot make laws. Thus its not law and the EULA really doesn't mean a lot.



So you are effectively saying that all software terms and conditions are void because the software companies can't make laws? What rubbish.

Of course they can't make laws, but they can make a contract with you. When you install Windows you agree to their terms and conditions as part of the installation. If you want to fight them on that in court then fine, go ahead.

Hi Guys

still getting a little confused with all this clean install.

Just brought a new computer with no OP system

How do I load this win 7 onto it.

Do I just put the disc in a do a custom install or something else?

cheers G

you do a "custom" install the first time and bypass entering your product key. then once installed, do an in-place upgrade by entering setup within windows using the sane disc and choosing to do an "upgrade" install. apparently it takes quite a bit longer but once installed, you enter your product key and it should activate

so does this also exclude teachers? Guess it does, which seems harsh as they have to use this stuff to plan lessons

Only ask as wife a teacher so has a .ac.uk email account which had seemed to be criteria before

For any pirates out there, this really is easy to get, and install for free.

Spod

Of course they can't make laws, but they can make a contract with you. … Of course they can't make laws, but they can make a contract with you. When you install Windows you agree to their terms and conditions as part of the installation. If you want to fight them on that in court then fine, go ahead.



Which stops it being fraud. And do you really think they'd take you to court? You are simply breaking their t&c's.

Works for any version of Windows 7 and yes thats right it will be a full legitimate copy because it is a legitimate key you paid for!

tomuk123

Hi thanks for the info so basically I can do a fresh install without … Hi thanks for the info so basically I can do a fresh install without having to have a copy of windows in the first place ( or using a evaluation copy as you said) and will I be able to do all the updates as normal and run it like a legitimate copy of Windows? thanksone last thing will I be able to do all of this using a cheaper upgrade version as a pose to ultimate or does this technique only work on ultimate? thanks again


Bomster

For any pirates out there, this really is easy to get, and install for … For any pirates out there, this really is easy to get, and install for free.



So are the games, movies and music posted on this site, whats your point?

Can you pirate a legit product key too? Your paying for a licence.

This version rocks by the way.

why are you all hating on students, some students genuinely need stuff like this and can't afford it?

I bought one of these for my son. It was upgrading a Vista machine, which I was happy to wipe having backed up all his work.

I had read that you can be lucky and install exactly as you would a full install (non-upgrade) disk - i.e. try putting the product key in during installation. Did this and it installed and activated perfectly, no need to install twice or tinker with the registry. May not work for everyone but worth a try before you mess about.

Obviously if you don't have a license for an older software version that you are upgrading (and no longer using) it is still illegal.

Some Universities are affiliated with Microsoft as part of their MSDNAA system, they get free copies of all the Operating Systems. You will need to ask your department for more information.

might get my daughter to get this for me, man a legit os WOW

HOT deal - just ordered for myself! - thanks!

richardcotton

so does this also exclude teachers? Guess it does, which seems harsh as … so does this also exclude teachers? Guess it does, which seems harsh as they have to use this stuff to plan lessonsOnly ask as wife a teacher so has a .ac.uk email account which had seemed to be criteria before



I would look into the T&C as when i last looked you had to agree they could contact you to confirm your eligibilty as a student doing x hrs p/wk with the threat of having to pay for full price for licence. At the time it was £70 for Win 7 pro and about £140 full price. I decided not to enter my edu email as a chance of getting a cheap way in with the threat of £140.

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alasrati

If only council tax worked like this.



Well if a house only has students living in it they don't have to pay council tax!

roi3erto

why are you all hating on students, some students genuinely need stuff … why are you all hating on students, some students genuinely need stuff like this and can't afford it?



People aren't hating students!

It's pretty straightforward in business terms: Students, by the nature of their enquiring minds, general intellect, and how shall I put this.... some free time to explore alternatives, are the most likely consumer group to rebel against a commercial giant like Microsoft and experiment with free alternative operating systems such as Ubuntu.

Microsoft need to keep students sweet so one day, when they are working, they will blindly pay for over-priced software because that's what they are used to.

I recently re-installed Vista (cos it wasn't working properly) but I can only install Vista Basic because I've lost my product key for Home Premium. Will I be able to install this on top of my (fully working) Vista Basic without any need for my HP product key??

bigsky

People aren't hating students!It's pretty straightforward in business … People aren't hating students!It's pretty straightforward in business terms: Students, by the nature of their enquiring minds, general intellect, and how shall I put this.... some free time to explore alternatives, are the most likely consumer group to rebel against a commercial giant like Microsoft and experiment with free alternative operating systems such as Ubuntu.Microsoft need to keep students sweet so one day, when they are working, they will blindly pay for over-priced software because that's what they are used to.



Very well put, I totally agree. It's smart and sly from Microsoft
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