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Hello.

1) Is there a online website that I can purchase Windows 7 Ultimate legally? All I am after is the 32-bit disk and the product key. The fancy packaging that comes with the retail edition is not for me and I am certainly not going to pay £300+ for it.

2) In addition to the above question, can it be stripped down and still function using WinToolkit? I want to remove all of the bloatware that MS have installed. If this is the wrong forum to ask this question, please let me know and I will ask it in the WinToolkit forum.


3) Is this website legal to sell Office 2013 as such a low price? http://www.microsoft...-2013-106-p.asp

4) Are there places that I can buy a copy of it? All I want is the disk and product key.

5) I have read that to activate Office 2013, you need an email address from one of Microsoft services i.e. Hotmail, Windows Live Mail, Live.com, etc. Is this true? If so, can it be activated with any other email provider?


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I am sure a large number of Egypt based software selling companies are partners of MS and sell their (MS's) product internationally through UK websites.

http://www.whois.com...eapsoftware.com

http://www.scamadvis...eapsoftware.com

 

It is not clear (to me) if the site is selling "counterfeited software" or, as they seem to say here, they take advantage of different product prices in different countries (which may be perfectly legal :unsure:) to offer lower prices:

http://www.justanswe...son-saying.html

 

Some more related results:

http://irenagilbert.brandyourself.com/

there is another software company with the same phone number and address:

http://www.softwaresdigital.com/

http://www.softwares...bout-us-1-w.asp

http://www.whois.com...aresdigital.com

 

And also this other one has the same address:

http://www.a1companies.com/contact-us/

which offfers Company Registration and Company services.

 

The 2 WoodBerry Grove must be a very large building (or at least it's first floor), as it seemingly hosts also:

http://www.globalenf...olutions.co.uk/

https://www.whoareyoultd.com/

http://www.patientsfirst.org.uk/

 

 

jaclaz


Edited by jaclaz, Yesterday, 07:39 AM.


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I am sure a large number of Egypt based software selling companies are partners of MS and sell their (MS's) product internationally through UK websites.

http://www.whois.com...eapsoftware.com

http://www.scamadvis...eapsoftware.com

 

It is not clear (to me) if the site is selling "counterfeited software" or, as they seem to say here, they take advantage of different product prices in different countries (which may be perfectly legal :unsure:) to offer lower prices:

http://www.justanswe...son-saying.html

 

Some more related results:

http://irenagilbert.brandyourself.com/

there is another software company with the same phone number and address:

http://www.softwaresdigital.com/

http://www.softwares...bout-us-1-w.asp

http://www.whois.com...aresdigital.com

 

And also this other one has the same address:

http://www.a1companies.com/contact-us/

which offers Company Registration and Company services.

 

The 2 WoodBerry Grove must be a very large building (or at least it's first floor), as it seemingly hosts also:

http://www.globalenf...olutions.co.uk/

https://www.whoareyoultd.com/

http://www.patientsfirst.org.uk/

 

 

jaclaz

 

Thank you for the explanation.  I am now torn on whether to get it from that website or MS themselves, although Windows 7 is not for sale on microsoft.com.  Do you know of any website that sells just the disk and product key for both Windows 7 and Office 2013?



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You can get a Windows 8/8.1 Pro license from MS and use your downgrade rights, or find some other source, which may include "used" software.

See this:

http://www.pcworld.c...dows-8-era.html

 

 

Cannot say in the UK, but in the US (among others) NewEgg is a known source:

http://www.newegg.co...Cat/ID-1149-368

I presume that there are UK based comparable hardware/software sellers. :unsure:

 

jaclaz



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You can get a Windows 8/8.1 Pro license from MS and use your downgrade rights, or find some other source, which may include "used" software.

See this:

http://www.pcworld.c...dows-8-era.html

 

 

Cannot say in the UK, but in the US (among others) NewEgg is a known source:

http://www.newegg.co...Cat/ID-1149-368

I presume that there are UK based comparable hardware/software sellers. :unsure:

 

jaclaz

 

Won't used software be already activated?

 

There are UK based software sellers, it is just a case of finding them and weaving out the fake from the real.  Do you happen to know if you need a hotmail/Windows Live account to activate Office 2013?


Edited by GF6, Yesterday, 05:16 PM.


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Won't used software be already activated?

Maybe yes, maybe not, but it is not like "You only live activate twice once" ;).

A non OEM license can be transferred fine (as well as an OEM if it includes the hardware), and will activate (again and again) fine, as long as it is not - for any reason - blacklisted by the good MS guys (something that may happen if the license/key becomes "public" and they get tens, or hundreds or thousands requests for activation in a short period of time).

 

Just as an example, if, a month or two after first activation you are affected by (say) a virus and decide to re-format the disk and re-install from scratch (or your disk drive dies and you need a new one) you will need to activate again your copy, and if you don't overdo it (like attempting re-formatting and reinstalling and asking for activation thrice a day for one week :w00t:), you won' t have issues with automatic activation, and in case of issues you can still phone MS and ask for a "manual" activation, which they will normally grant you after a minimal verification process.
 

Do you happen to know if you need a hotmail/Windows Live account to activate Office 2013?

No idea, sorry, I try to stay as away as I can from that madness, see:

http://www.msfn.org/...office-package/

and my personal advice is to also stay away from it, the previous versions of MS Office are IMHO much "better" and there are several "good enough" alternatives, some of which also free.

 

jaclaz



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You can purchase either Retail or OEM System Builder Kit Windows software from large online retailers like Amazon or Newegg, although there are others. Official Microsoft resellers may also offer this OS for sale. Both Home Premium and Ultimate have reached EOS (End of Sale) so any media left in the market are all that there is. Once it dries up, it will only be in the secondary (used) market as used or NOS product.

Also, make sure you really want Ultimate. Go through the feature comparison to verify you actually NEED the things Ultimate does. You might just be fine with Pro or Home Premium.
http://winsupersite....mparison-128684

The Office in that link does not specify (unless I missed it) if that is the FPP (Fully Packaged Product) or PKC (Product Key Card) version. Just because of that, if I were to want to purchase Office 2013, I wouldn't from that site because I would be uncertain of what I would be receiving. Plus I never heard of the website, which doesn't help. Like the Windows OS, you can get Office from major online retailers.
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