Started my own computer business

By Smartmike
Jan 18, 2008
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  1. I started my own computer business and I need to know where I could get a Xp pro serial for at least ten computers. Can anyone help.
  2. M0R0NI

    M0R0NI Newcomer, in training Posts: 92

    First off Congrats ont the new business and Good Luck! I think if you have one copy of XP Pro you can call Microsoft and request a licence for the other computers.
  3. Smartmike

    Smartmike Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 65

    Cool

    Will they give a me a discount or even for free?
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,455   +288

    Not sure if you can buy 10...

    You can buy a 30pack of XP Home Retail for $2,729.99 which comes out to roughly $91 each.

    You can buy a 3 pack of XP Home OEM for $264.99 which comes out to about $88 each.

    XP Home OEM is $89.99 while retail is $191.49

    Microsoft's site doesn't seem to be selling XP directly, so you may have to call Microsoft and see. Because based on what I have above, it doesn't look like you get rewarded for buying in bulk at all, except for the 30 pack of Retail, which is stupid if you are building computers to sell and need to put an OS on.
  5. Smartmike

    Smartmike Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 65

    Wow, thats no deal.I was hoping to pay around 50 dollars per computer. All I really need is the product keys does that make a difference?
  6. tgreaves

    tgreaves Newcomer, in training Posts: 57

    Well there are other ways.. **cough CORP cough** but thats not going to be an option if your selling machines to customers..
  7. monton

    monton TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 146

    Keep it legal

    Skip XP and use Ubuntu 7.10

    Much nicer!

    And way less than $50

    Download and install
  8. Smartmike

    Smartmike Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 65

    What do you mean?
  9. Frostmonkey

    Frostmonkey Newcomer, in training Posts: 34

    Windows XP Corporate is what was meant I think. It's not an actual version - instead it's the nickname for any illegally obtained copy of Windows XP which activates fully. The corporate part was used because the key used in these versions are supposedly from larger corporations with either limitless activations or at least a very large amount or from a keygen which is referred to as bluelist which created "valid" keys. <-- Can be viewed if you google Windows XP Corporate
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    ie Don't use Corporate !

    Ebay sell COA, they haven't been banned, so it must be OK (to at least sell)
  11. Smartmike

    Smartmike Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 65

     
  12. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    from their site.

    Well, I don't know. The COA key should be attached (as a sticker) to the side of the PC.
    You will not legally be able to sell this (including Windows) without it.

    Seems a tad fishy to me.
    I would prefer the sticker and not the CD, at least.
    This is the CD and Not the sticker - which I wouldn't do

    My thoughts - NO !

    Here's a better link:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Windows-MCE-200...ryZ11229QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
  13. Smartmike

    Smartmike Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 65

    How many computers could I put the same key on?
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    1 legally !

    1 key for 1 computer, that is MS law

    And they only make 1 sticker, ie if you call them to replace yours (lets say it's damaged or missing !!) they will sell you a new one - that is different again.

    Don't buy Windows without the C.O.A. sticker !

    Very important !
  15. Smartmike

    Smartmike Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 65

    I guess I'll keep searching then, 100 dollars is a ridiculous price to pay for a software product key and a sticker. You think I can raise the price of my computers if I include the CD.
  16. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Including the CD yes

    Actually why not create a Restore CD

    Please report back when you find the cheapest again, because I'm interested too ! (in the info ! to help you ! well lets just say I'll give you my verdict)
  17. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    Don't know about you in FLA, but here in the UK there is no margin in selling new systems unless they are custom. I also run my own computer business and stopped building stock machines some time ago.
    As everything is down to price, and the big manufacturers now have a system restore partition I don't think that you can charge a premium for supplying a CD. If in doubt, check what your local box shifters are selling and match the specs.
    Sorry
  18. Smartmike

    Smartmike Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 65

    Well no luck. I cant find XP for the price I was looking for.
  19. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    If MS can be trusted to have a pricing policy which keeps things about the same everywhere, US$ 100 is about right for an OEM copy of XP Home.
  20. M0R0NI

    M0R0NI Newcomer, in training Posts: 92

    I also heard that as of June 2008 Microsoft would no longer support Windows XP so you may want to keep that in mind. (I will try to find the article again.)
  21. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,711

    As they have just released a beta version of Service Pack 3 I would perhaps question that - I had heard towards the last year that XP had a forecast life of a further 4 years.
  22. M0R0NI

    M0R0NI Newcomer, in training Posts: 92

    I will look for the article and provide the link when I find it.
  23. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

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