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Downloading software at discount prices or CD only purchases

by jimsail / November 18, 2006 7:54 PM PST

There are several sites where you can download all major software at greatly discounted prices, sometimes 10% of the original "CD and manual in the box with license capability", are these safe or legitimate sites?
Also, there are other sites that sell CD only software, no manual, etc. at about 50% the original cost. Will these programs load and run properly without licensing them?

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It totally depends. . .
by Coryphaeus / November 18, 2006 9:07 PM PST

on the site and the software. Can you be more specific?

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Uhh, NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 19, 2006 12:51 AM PST

Microsoft's Office and Operating Systems now require license, activation and will checkup on that on updates.

If the vendor advises not to register then they are ripping you off big time. Let's say you get the full Windows XP Pro SP2 for 1/2 retail at 150 bucks. They send you no CD and no support. Essentially their margin is 100%

Not a bargain for something they ripped off.


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