Best deal on windows desktop

I have a Linux system that I am going to convert to windows so I can stream videos better and be able to use a newer printer.

Where can I get my best deal on the basic windows OS   ?  the free upgrade to windows 10 is also interesting so I get the most for my money !

I just need the pain os and I am going to run virtual box on it to give the system real  power ( of linux :) .
TIMFOX123Asked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Do you want something cheap?  Consumer engineering?  1 year warranty?  dead in 3 years.

Or do you want a commercial machine, well engineered, good parts, 3 year warranty?

The costs are VERY different and you do get what you pay for.

For a machine with Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit, 16 GB of memory for virtual machines, 1 TB or greater hard drive to hold virtual machines, good video, Bluetooth, several USB 3 ports and so on, expect to pay between $700 and $1,000.

For a cheap consumer model, expect to pay $400 to $600 and do that twice while the first one keeps running.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I should also have mentioned that you want the fastest I5 Intel CPU you can get. i7 is better but they are more pricey (by a couple of hundred dollars or more).
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BMardenCommented:
MS Evaluation Center, download Windows 8.1 Ent 90 Day trial.  It can be rearmed 2 additional times for a total of 270 Days of trial.

After that Win 10 may be stable.

Bruce
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
If you want cheap then get one of the many winbooks that are available for less than $200 most come with the $100 value of office 365 for 1 year. The hardware typically is good enough for email/web browsing and is a far sight better than the windows 7 basic machines of the past.

One typically buys the hardware and if you buy from a large OEM (lenovo/dell/hp) the software comes along as a bonus.  Yes it is an OEM version and is bound to the machine..  My recommendation is to buy the most recent hardware and the most powerful one can afford. If you budget $1K your machine will be good for at least 5 years without buying new hardware and seeing a perceptible increase in speed
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rindiCommented:
Just go to your local PC shop and buy something there. Almost any PC will do fine. As most shops have bargains you can probably get very good deals that way.

I'm wondering why you can't use newer printers with Linux, and what problems you have with streaming videos. This generally works better and also the speed is better than with Windows. You may just have to make sure you have a 1GB LAN and not just 100MB.

I'm able to stream HD TV and Videos using TVHeadend fine on Linux, even though the PC I'm using for that isn't the newest (a 1.6 GHz Core2Duo Laptop, almost 10 years old). I also haven't had any issues with any printers yet.
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TIMFOX123Author Commented:
I do not think I communicated my question that well,  I own the system and am running linux on it.  

virtual box runs on darn near anything  and I need something that has 100% comparability for MS windows and was thinking of just running windows on that system.  

Everything else I have runs linux, apple, android,  anything but windows .....
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
So you are NOT buying a system now. Is this correct?

Do you wish to replace Linux with Windows ?  Not at all clear.

Do you wish to run Windows as a Virtual Machine?

For Windows, get Windows 8.1 now and Microsoft has a free upgrade to Windows 8 (and Windows 7) when it comes along.
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TIMFOX123Author Commented:
I have a Linux system that I am going to convert to windows

It will need to be a physical machine because:
 I can stream videos better and be able to use a newer printer.

Where can I get my best deal on the basic windows OS ?

I am thinking about:
MS Evaluation Center, download Windows 8.1 Ent 90 Day trial.  It can be rearmed 2 additional times for a total of 270 Days of trial.


Then after that ( and I am working again and have the money):
If you want cheap then get one of the many winbooks that are available for less than $200 most come with the $100 value of office 365 for 1 year. The hardware typically is good enough for email/web browsing and is a far sight better than the windows 7 basic machines of the past.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 8.1 (Pro 64-bit) is the ONLY current operating system from Microsoft. You can buy it from Microsoft or somewhere like Newegg or Software King. I have purchased from the latter.
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rindiCommented:
You could also just use the Windows 10TP for now, and then when it is released in one or 2 months I'm sure it won't be too expensive (and there will probably also be trial versions you can download then). No need to use a trial of Windows 8.1 for the time being.

If you get a netbook the OS will be OEM and you can't transfer that to another PC unless you live in the EU or Switzerland.

I still fail to see why Windows should be able to stream videos better than Linux, or why you can't use a new printer with Linux. Even modern Linux versions that use more resources than old versions did tend to work better and more efficiently than modern Windows versions on identical hardware, and streaming works better because of that.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you do not buy an OS now that is in production, so that Windows 10 is free at that point, then you will have to pay for Windows 10 later.

I have been running Windows 10 and have the latest build. If you put this on a production machine, be prepared for current and future bugs while Microsoft works out the kinks.
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rindiCommented:
Chances are that even a non upgrade Windows 10 is cheaper than buying Windows 8.1 (and then upgrading for free). At least I doubt it will be more expensive.
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TIMFOX123Author Commented:
thank you all



great job
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