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Well, a while back I've asked help from you guys for pc specs for a LAN/net shop/cafe that me and my buddy we're building, so we got the parts and assembled the machines.

Now we're at a dillema with the OS.. As I remember there was a business package for WinXP that you get multi keys to use for installation. Is there a same package for win7? It's confusing cause all I see are OEM, Retail/Retail Upgrade, Enterprise (Volume Lic.). We'll I got too dizzy reading and not understanding it :confused: so I come running to you guys to shed some enlightenment.

Thanks,
Psyk~~
 

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So I just need to get a hold of Win 7 Pro with MAK? Hehe I've been to that site but I'm still :confused: as ever haha sorry... Thanks
Only Win7 version that comes with MAK IIRC is the Enterprise one.
 
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Only Win7 version that comes with MAK IIRC is the Enterprise one.
I see, now the confusing part is I buy a (1)DVD of that and I get multiple keys depending on which package I choose? :confused: Just wanted to clear things up as MS OS prices here are somewhat expensive :)
 

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That is basically how it works with the Enterprise version (I have it) so I would think that it also works that way with the other versions.
 
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That is basically how it works with the Enterprise version (I have it) so I would think that it also works that way with the other versions.
Alright thanks for the links and information, might hit up those partner/retailer places and inquire about it. Thank you for clearing things =] :D :respect:
 

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No one's stated the obvious: a TechNet sub. As you want multiple licences, this is a no-brainer.

You get at least 5 keys for each version of the product. If you get the Pro version, it doesn't cost much and you get hundreds of products, including all the versions of Windows, including Server that you want!

Yeah, it's a no-brainer. ;)

Here's a list of all the downloads available for a Pro sub:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx
 
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If they offer the Technet Plus subscription there, you might wanna jump on that also.
bogmali mentioned it.

I did not mention it, though, because, the software obtained through Technet is to be used is for evaluation purposes, not for use in a normal business setting - except as explained in the licensing.

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Chances are , they would never notice, but, if, they did... he could face some fines and legal action at the worst. Maybe, even a spanking.
 
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Oops, I missed those two points lol. I guess TechNet isn't suitable for this, strictly speaking...
 
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Hey thanks for still monitoring my thread, I've visited a retailer from the partner site and it seems that they don't know what am saying... LMAO, so I just :banghead: and back to square one.... Hmmm is there an online purchase for this sort of thing or contact MS directly? Thanks

EDIT:

Tried using this--> http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/mla/ but still lack of know-how on what packages to choose from.
 
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Microsoft licensing is notoriously confusing, so why not call them and ask? The handful of times I've dealt with them, I had very good customer service. And hey, they want to sell you something here, so they'll be even nicer. ;)

http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=mscom

This link seems to have gone to the UK support page for me, but you should be able to get to your equivalent from here: www.microsoft.com/en/ph

Let us know how you get on.