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Q/A: Windows 7 purchasing options, cost, security, etc.

Q. I heard Microsoft released the Windows 7 operating system Oct. 22. When will it be available for individual purchase?

Microsoft is expected to make the Windows 7 software available mid-November at the earliest for academic/educational purchasing, said Chris Loehr, manager of the K-State Student Union Computer Store. He said there are a few points that K-Staters should note:

  1. Academic versions of Windows 7, unlike previous Microsoft products, will only be available to people at schools that have a student-licensing agreement, which K-State has.  Any K-State student or employee with a valid K-State eID can get the educational discount. (Those at other educational institutions without the licensing agreement cannot purchase the software through K-State.)
  2. K-Staters who wish to purchase Windows 7 at the academic/education price must present a current, valid K-State ID.
  3. Departmental purchases of Windows 7 should be done through the university contract with SHI (see the “Software, Large Acc Reseller” contract #07359 link on the K-State Purchasing Contracts webpage) .

Q. What Windows 7 versions are available?

There are three for individuals — Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate. See Microsoft’s Windows 7 comparison chart for details.

The SHI contract for departments has Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate.

Q. How much will Windows 7 cost?

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Departments: Dell discount pricing via bulk-purchase initiative

This year, Information Technology Services has negotiated low-cost computers from Dell as part of the bulk-purchase initiative that is conducted twice a year. We are pleased to be able to provide one desktop, one laptop, and two monitor options at aggressive pricing.

As in past years, each department will be able to order the computers directly through Dell using the provided quotes. The following is a breakdown of the specs:

Desktop for $538.00 (Quote_513513540 in PDF format)

  • Processor – Core 2 Duo E7500/2.93GHz, 3M, 1066MHz, FSB
  • Memory – 4GB, Non-ECC, 800MHz DDR2, 2x2GB
  • Video Card – Integrated Video, GMA3100
  • Hard Drive – 160GB SATA 3.0GB/s and 8MB Data Burst Cache
  • Optical Drive – 16X DVD+/-RW SATA
  • Monitor  – None Included
  • Warranty – 4-Year Next Business Day Parts and Labor Onsite

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