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Our buddy Xavier at notebooks.com uncovered a really nice deal for Windows 7 for students with a .EDU email address. Now until January 3 of next year, the lucky qualifiers can snag a copy of Windows 7 for only $29 come Oct.22, the date of the […]

product-heroOur buddy Xavier at notebooks.com uncovered a really nice deal for Windows 7 for students with a .EDU email address. Now until January 3 of next year, the lucky qualifiers can snag a copy of Windows 7 for only $29 come Oct.22, the date of the general availability. This deal is awfully sweet, not only for the low price, but because the copy of Windows 7 is downloaded. This is the first time I’ve heard of Microsoft offering up a download copy of a Windows final version to the public. To meet the offer requirements here’s all you need to do:

1. Check that your PC can run Windows 7 with the Windows Upgrade Advisor.
2. Enter your college/university email address.
3. If you’re eligible, you’ll receive an email with purchase details.
4. Click on the link provided in the email to proceed with your purchase.
5. Purchase your license/product key.
6. Checkout and download!

  1. They also have Win 7 pro available for 30 bucks. You are correct in saying that this is a download, but it still is a PREORDER. The download link doesn’t become available until Oct 22nd like everyone else.

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    1. What’s even worse is that they’re not providing a serial key, so even if you could get your hands on a copy someplace else, you couldn’t activate it. Grr.

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    2. The article has been updated to reflect the Oct. 22 availability. I knew it was too good to be true. :)

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    3. Where do you select Pro?
      It gives me only Home option.

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    4. Where’s the link for the Win7 Pro version? I also only see the Home Premium available.

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    5. Thanks to another fellow commenter (Thanks Kevin) on another web site about this topic, I have found the Pro option.

      One needs to click “Need to join your school’s network domain? Click here” link right under the product picture. When you do that a pop-up shows you the professional selection.

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  2. In Germany, lots of students get Windows Vista, 7, and the newest Office-Suite for free if their faculties take part in the MSDNAA program. Unfortunately, my faculty is eligible. :-(

    Anyway, thanks for this post! Maybe I’ll try this offer.

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    1. Hey, Lennart, what’s with the ‘unfortunately’? It’s not compulsory (or is it?). I probably won’t take advantage of the offer but I was still pleased to see on Ars Technica that, notwithstanding James’s reference to .edu email addresses, it doesn’t seem to be confined to the US.

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  3. Not to toot my own horn but, I wrote about this possibility way back in June (http://www.pxlconcept.com/blog/?p=284). People thought I was making it up but hey, I can’t blame them. I’m just happy to see that the option is there and I will definitely be taking advantage of it :)

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  4. I’d love to! But I’m on a Mac and do not use Bootcamp nor do I have access to a Windows machine.

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  5. I have Windows 7 professional on a USB right now. Downloaded from my schools website. I have the 32 bit version and the 64 bit version. Its great!

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  6. I just downloaded win 7 from a website i can’t mention here….. its working perfectly….
    Its good, fast, secure, compatible with all softwares and my games working good with it….
    I love that….

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  7. MY WINDOWS 7 IS PATHETIC…I CANNOT EVEN FIND DELETED DATA FROM RECYCLE BIN…???

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  8. the only thing that cause pain is Windows 7 takes hours and hours to install…..
    i have Core2Quad system with 6GB ram, i don’t why Windows 7 took ages to install…….
    windows XP is good only for that reason….

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  9. HUNH…UR SLOW SYSTEM IS NO MATCH FOR MINE….ON MY SYSTEM, WINDOWS 7 RUNS INSTALLS AND RUNS LIKE A CHEETAH….. :P

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  10. I got it from my college for free. Professional rtm version that is. :)

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    1. Hey r1m, tell me which college u studying….?
      I need that for TAZZ so that he could find a free rtm version there that u have aswell…..

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