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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:17 am 
Little Foot
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With a custom built computer you lack one thing that you get from a prebuilt computer like dell, a software package. The obvious things are the OS, word processing, and anti-virus. For me I'd have to stick with Windows XP, is there any way of getting this cheaper than the normal $90-100? Can you install XP from a prebuilts software package? Thats not legal is it? Would you get caught?

For word processing again those software bundles include word or works usually. Could you install with one of those discs with no problem? What other alternatives are there?

For anti-virus I just use AVG because its free.

What is the cheapest way to get a "software package"?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 10:24 am 
Little Foot
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Most of the time...prebuilt systems are loaded with crap.....short term trial versions, marketing crap, etc.
software like AVG, Open Office, Thunderbird, and Firefox are better alternatives.....to the trial versions, not the full retail versions.


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 Post subject: Re: Software package
PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 5:31 pm 
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bgshiznit wrote:
For word processing again those software bundles include word or works usually. Could you install with one of those discs with no problem? What other alternatives are there?


OpenOffice is a free productivity suite compatible with all major office suites. Have a look here

-misterLOBY


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 6:08 pm 
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yes you can install windows from a prebuilt computer onto a new computer, ive done it twice with an alienware disk for windows xp home, and also with a micro pro disk which had windowsxp pro.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 9:31 pm 
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emachinenes, dell, hp, and compaq all make it so you can only use their Windows Cd's with their mobo's, some other companies do too.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 4:48 am 
Folding Momerator
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Spend the $90 on a full OEM copy of XP. Next, go to either pricegrabber or pricewatch and look up older versions of Office (97 or 2000) these can be had for $50 to $75.


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you can get windows xp pro for $82 at newegg if you are a student or have kids in school. or even if you arent a student or dont have kids in school ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2005 7:18 am 
Little Foot
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most of the time those OEM copies can only be purchased with a piece of hardware...so make sure you splurge for a set of rounded cables, or an 80mm fan, etc


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