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Thread: Probably a dumb question, but do I have to actually buy XP?

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    Probably a dumb question, but do I have to actually buy XP?

    I bought a M10000 from a large online store, but it didn't come with an OS...duh.

    So Do I have to actually buy a new full version? I looked at download.com, but didn't see any operating system downloads!
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    Umm.. when you bought the motherboard, did it come with a hard drive?
    Officially... to be legal, YES you need to buy a new operating system...
    That meaning again, to be legal. So to say.. there are other ways of getting an operating system.. mainly speaking of windows, which I assume you plan on running based off of your original post. There are also many open source distributions of linux that you can download for free.

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    No, I bought my HD seperatly from a different online place.

    Yes, I was going to install windows XP, but being the thrifty person I am, maybe I will look into linuix... Will it support everything like my DVD rom, HD, Winamp, etc...?
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    oh god plz help this poor soul.


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    I think I resent that comment.
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    * TM-710VGT LCD, Wireless mouse, keyboard
    * M-Audio Sound Card, 2 Alumapro 10" subs, 2 PPI Amps (1kW)

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    Winamp. Windows.
    Notice any similarities?

    Winamp. Linux.
    How about now? No?

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    Go linux, man. It'll support everythink u litsed. Try Mandrake 9.1. There is no winamp for linux, there that xmms player, which is almost the same thing.
    Also there a linux distro made for Epias, called Freepia (i think).
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    Go with linux unless you can get a hold of Xp. XP is not too expensive if you want a legal copy. Otherwise, I recommand Mandrake.

    On that note, MS should try to reduce their price for the OS. I sware to god at 150+ bucks, who is going to go buy XP unless it came with your computer. I legally have every windows from 3.0 to Xp but I never paid more than 50 bucks for any of them. The only things I am missing on my collection would be 1.x, 2.x and 2k3.

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    being a student has LOTS of advantages.... one is discounted prices (in nz anyway)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nzKAOSnz
    being a student has LOTS of advantages.... one is discounted prices (in nz anyway)
    Oh yeah, thats true. I could get a VS .NET for a $100+(!!!).
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