Can I get an opinion on this PC World link

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  1. Posts : 349
    Win 10 PRO 64 Bit
       #1

    Can I get an opinion on this PC World link


    This arrived just a short time ago. I intended to build a second system and thought his would be a great purchase.
    What do you think. I chatted with the site and they show you how to download the MCT, and apparently provide you with a license key.Exclusive deal: Get Windows 10 Pro for $39.99 (that's 80% off retail) | PCWorld
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  2. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #2

    I'm half interested myself even though I have only 1 PC.

    Is Group Policy the best added feature not found in Home for an ordinary user?

    Does Pro still provide more worthwhile control over Windows Update?

    I'd be interested in what others say about this link.

    It is allegedly full retail Pro, not an upgrade, not OEM.

    I'm wondering what hoops you have to jump through to actually get it downloaded and installed?

    Paypal?

    "Sign up" for something?

    Make an account of some type?
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  3. Posts : 1,020
    Windows 10 Pro 20H2 19042.572
       #3

    I believe you need to be a subscribing member of PC World. When I went down to purchase it, I have an "X" instead of being able to "ADD" it to the cart. I used to subscribe to the Magazine years ago. Never re-upped. I tried to see what the cost for a subscription, but that part was down. I'll check it out tomorrow.
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  4. Posts : 1,972
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10Pro (tablet)
       #4

    No need to be a subscriber.

    You see the "X" only so that you can remove it because it is already in your cart when you get to that page. Go ahead and enter your address and payment info at the bottom and click "Next".
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  5. Posts : 25,107
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #5

    ignatzatsonic said:
    Is Group Policy the best added feature not found in Home for an ordinary user?

    No, in my opinion that is Hyper-V....

    Does Pro still provide more worthwhile control over Windows Update?

    Since Feature Updates became fully optional and Pause updates for up to 35 days was added in Home it has a lot more control now. There's not much more control in Pro. The only extras in Pro are to defer Quality and Feature updates, and the group policies, in particular to notify for updates, but not download and install until you say so.

    Windows Update - Defer Feature and Quality Updates in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Windows Update Automatic Updates in Windows 10

    storageman said:
    I believe you need to be a subscribing member of PC World. When I went down to purchase it, I have an "X" instead of being able to "ADD" it to the cart. ..
    That's because it is already in the cart. Click the X and it removes it from the cart. BTW, the offer seems to be available in the UK too...

    Can I get an opinion on this PC World link-image.png

    The shop site has a Cleverbridge url. This is the same online portal I was sent to when I bought Macrium Reflect, so they are are using a reputable site to process the transactions.


    I'd be interested in what others say about this link.
    It is allegedly full retail Pro, not an upgrade, not OEM.
    I'm wondering what hoops you have to jump through to actually get it downloaded and installed?
    Paypal?
    "Sign up" for something?
    Make an account of some type?
    It looks genuine, no hoops to jump through, Card payment, Paypal or electronic transfer accepted. I would expect for download it would give a link to the Microsoft MCT page.

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    Last edited by Bree; 11 Jun 2020 at 18:32.
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  6. Posts : 13,960
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #6

    I just bought a copy and I am not a member. $39.99 is too good to pass up. I have no immediate need for it but who knows what the future may bring.

    You get two download buttons, one for the Windows 10 Installation Guide (PDF) and one for the Media Creation Tool.
    The Installation Guide is pretty good and should be helpful to novice to normal users. MCT give you the latest released version of Windows 10.

    Can I get an opinion on this PC World link-image.png

    No need to download anything until you're ready to install the key provided which is all you're really buying.
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  7. Posts : 13,960
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #7

    The ISO download is a muti-version install.esd:

    dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:L:\sources\install.esd

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.19041.329

    Details for image : L:\sources\install.esd

    Index : 1
    Name : Windows 10 Home
    Description : Windows 10 Home
    Size : 14,212,376,596 bytes

    Index : 2
    Name : Windows 10 Home N
    Description : Windows 10 Home N
    Size : 13,441,677,475 bytes

    Index : 3
    Name : Windows 10 Home Single Language
    Description : Windows 10 Home Single Language
    Size : 14,211,972,277 bytes

    Index : 4
    Name : Windows 10 Education
    Description : Windows 10 Education
    Size : 14,450,251,000 bytes

    Index : 5
    Name : Windows 10 Education N
    Description : Windows 10 Education N
    Size : 13,693,633,242 bytes

    Index : 6
    Name : Windows 10 Pro
    Description : Windows 10 Pro
    Size : 14,450,428,963 bytes


    Index : 7
    Name : Windows 10 Pro N
    Description : Windows 10 Pro N
    Size : 13,691,468,430 bytes

    The operation completed successfully.

    dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:L:\sources\install.esd /index=6

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 10.0.19041.329

    Details for image : L:\sources\install.esd

    Index : 6
    Name : Windows 10 Pro
    Description : Windows 10 Pro
    Size : 14,450,428,963 bytes
    WIM Bootable : No
    Architecture : x64
    Hal : <undefined>
    Version : 10.0.19041
    ServicePack Build : 264
    ServicePack Level : 0
    Edition : Professional
    Installation : Client
    ProductType : WinNT
    ProductSuite : Terminal Server
    System Root : WINDOWS
    Directories : 20445
    Files : 89139
    Created : 05/11/2020 - 1:50:14 AM
    Modified : 06/11/2020 - 10:49:32 PM
    Languages :
    en-US (Default)

    The operation completed successfully.
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  8. Posts : 35,618
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #8

    Save 20-25% in the UK: A useful trick if you're in the UK is to specify the price in US $ and pay with a card that makes no charge for foreign currency transactions.

    The price in $ is 39.99 as in the price in £ - making the UK price a quarter or so more.

    That makes it about as cheap as my existing Win 10 Pro license was (via Win 8.1 Pro).
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  9. Posts : 2,676
    trying to install win10
       #9

    They have had that deal at computeractive for quite a while.
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  10. Posts : 13,960
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #10

    When I click on the link I get this: Cheap but not much substance

    Can I get an opinion on this PC World link-image.png
    Last edited by Ztruker; 13 Jun 2020 at 00:30.
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