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#1 Space_Pirate_Killer

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 07:31 AM

I was wondering, how come so many Mac users got XP so fast? Did you buy it, borrow a spare copy from a friend, have a copy lying around, borrow one from work, etc?
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Posted 08 April 2006 - 08:11 AM

View PostSpace_Pirate_Killer, on April 8th 2006, 08:31 AM, said:

I was wondering, how come so many Mac users got XP so fast? Did you buy it, borrow a spare copy from a friend, have a copy lying around, borrow one from work, etc?

Windows XP requires a registration where it monitors the actual status of your hardware so I don't think it allows for borrowing.

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 08:40 AM

Our 17" iMac at work is surrounded by a sea of 2,000+ PC boxen and we have a site license for every version of Windows imaginable. Since it's the company's computer I asked the IT guys and they said sure I can isnatll it using the volume license key.

When I get my new 20" for home (in a week) I will go out and buy a copy for myself.

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 09:25 AM

for the PC i built last summer, i found an OEM copy of XP Pro for 75 bucks on www.pricegrabber.com  I always find that a good place to look.
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Posted 08 April 2006 - 09:29 AM

i got mine off ebay for about $100. (originally bought to upgrade my moms PC).

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 10:44 AM

Buy the full OEM version for the cheapest deal.  I got it for $86 from New Egg but a firend at work got it as Best Buy for about the same.  I had no idea Best Buy sold OEM versions.

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 03:05 PM

as a computer science student, I'm able to get free copies of windows from my cs department.  I think many colleges participate in the same program.

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 04:59 PM

My friend's family has an unlimited business license, but I'm not sure if it's SP2 or not, but that can be slipstreamed, so hey.

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Posted 08 April 2006 - 08:52 PM

I'm going to order from Amazon.co.jp soon.

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 09:49 AM

I have a buddy who works for MS, he got me a copy for $29

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 05:21 PM

If you are a developer of any kind, an MSDN subscription gets you pretty much all their OSes and apps plus update CDs for a year. Costs a pretty penny even for students, though. For students and profs, universities and colleges often have free copies available to students taking certain CS/development courses plus academic pricing for the rest. Then, of course, come OEM (cheap) and business (expensive) licenses. Then there's retail, which is for suckers. Or pirating, which is for bastards. Cedega and linux might even work if you're really cheap.

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Posted 09 April 2006 - 06:00 PM

View Postbobbob, on April 9th 2006, 05:21 PM, said:

If you are a developer of any kind, an MSDN subscription gets you pretty much all their OSes and apps plus update CDs for a year. Costs a pretty penny even for students, though. For students and profs, universities and colleges often have free copies available to students taking certain CS/development courses plus academic pricing for the rest. Then, of course, come OEM (cheap) and business (expensive) licenses. Then there's retail, which is for suckers. Or pirating, which is for bastards. Cedega and linux might even work if you're really cheap.

Cedega requires a subscription though which you might not want to pay if you are cheap. You could end up paying in a few months what it would have took to buy an OEM copy of windows and you aren't even guaranteed that your games would be compatible.
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Posted 09 April 2006 - 11:07 PM

You can buy OEM at retail. Best Buy sells it.

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Posted 10 April 2006 - 05:46 AM

That's the most illogical thing I've ever heard.

Newegg sells the OEM discs as well though. $80 I think.

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Posted 10 April 2006 - 08:59 AM

Then you haven't heard much.  Nevertheless....Best Buy sells OEM Windows XP.  $86 at New Egg as I said earlier.

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Posted 11 April 2006 - 08:26 AM

This is being discussed in another thread but this thread is probably most relevant...

You can only buy the $85 OEM version of XP HOME EDITION.  The OEM version of XP PRO is usually $120 or more.  The only difference I can potentially see to us Mac gamers is that XP Pro supports multiple processors (and I assume multiple cores) for those apps and games that are multi-aware.  I'm just wondering if it makes that big of a difference.

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Posted 11 April 2006 - 08:33 AM

I have seen many times that people have said or thought that you need XP Pro for dual core procs since one of its features is that it supports multiple processors but Home does not.  Its an understandable concern but is not actually an issue.  Home supports dual core chips just as well as Pro.  No reason to get Pro because you have dual core.  Dual core requires only an OS that does symmetric multiprocessing and is thread aware which XP home is.  You can find information on Microsofts site that supports this btw.

"Which Microsoft software with technically enforced processor limits currently supports multicore and hyperthreaded processors?
Operating Systems
Software Do technically enforced processor limits
support multicore and hyperthreaded processors?
Windows XP Home Edition Yes"

Also an easy way to see that dual core is working with Home is to open Task Manager and the performance tab and you will see that it is showing two processors running.

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Posted 11 April 2006 - 08:36 AM

Contrary to all I've heard and read. Link please?

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Posted 11 April 2006 - 08:37 AM

View Posttthiel, on April 11th 2006, 09:33 AM, said:

I have seen many times that people have said or thought that you need XP Pro for dual core procs since one of its features is that it supports multiple processors but Home does not.  However Home does support dual core chips just as well as Pro.  No reason to get Pro because you have dual core.  Dual core requires only an OS that does symmetric multiprocessing and is thread aware which XP home is.  You can find information on Microsofts site that supports this btw.

Thanks for the info.  As long as you promise you're telling the truth I'm won't  search Microsoft support  :D

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Posted 11 April 2006 - 08:44 AM

http://search.micros...-US&q=dual core

Multi-core_Hyperthread Volume Licensing Brief-see page 3

Also you can Google this and find the same information all over the Internet.

Or open Task manager and you will see two procs.

Intel has the same information
http://www.intel.com...b/cs-022096.htm