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Windows 7 OEM Pricing Revealed

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 67 comments

It's a lot cheaper than retail -- and that's why you've been holding off preordering, right?

Nearly all Windows 7 pricing news up to this point has been about retail SKUs, but most of you have been holding out for word of OEM prices.

OEM versions of Windows do not come without fancy boxes, manuals, packaging, or even tech support, but they do come with a lower sticker price.

Early prices from online retailer Newegg reveals that OEM copies of Windows 7 are substantially cheaper – in some cases it's less than half price of the retail version.

Newegg is selling Home Premium for $100, while the retail price is $200. Those looking for the Professional version can get an even greater break as the OEM is $135, compared to $300 for the retail.

Still not good enough? Then you can hand over $175 for the Ultimate SKU, which would cost $320 in stores.

Newegg isn't currently restricting that Windows 7 OEM versions be purchased with hardware, so this could be the cheapest way to grab a full-install version of the OS that launches in less than a month.

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    nirvanabah , September 28, 2009 8:44 PM
    Quote:
    OEM versions of Windows do not come without fancy boxes, manuals, packaging, or even tech support, but they do come with a lower sticker price.


    This makes no sense. You're saying they DO come with fancy boxes, manuals, packaging, and tech support.

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    renniz , September 28, 2009 8:40 PM
    One version to rule them all!
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    warmon6 , September 28, 2009 8:35 PM
    hmm nice
  • 14 Hide
    renniz , September 28, 2009 8:40 PM
    One version to rule them all!
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    war2k9 , September 28, 2009 8:41 PM
    Cheaper than vista on OEM and it is WAY BETTER THAN VISTA.
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    viometrix , September 28, 2009 8:43 PM
    already have 3 x3 pack professional x64 on order
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    nirvanabah , September 28, 2009 8:44 PM
    Quote:
    OEM versions of Windows do not come without fancy boxes, manuals, packaging, or even tech support, but they do come with a lower sticker price.


    This makes no sense. You're saying they DO come with fancy boxes, manuals, packaging, and tech support.

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    Anonymous , September 28, 2009 8:52 PM
    Or you could get the upgrade, install cleanly without entering the license key, then put in the dvd and upgrade from within the new install with your upgrade key...
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    cookoy , September 28, 2009 8:53 PM
    what about Starter Edition - OEM vs Retail prices?
    Only need IE, Explorer and Media Player.
    Other apps I go for freewares or open source.
    Cheapskate ultimate, that's me!
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    hellwig , September 28, 2009 8:55 PM
    Has anyone ever called Window's tech support? I called once years ago, but only because my OEM tech support was giving me the run-around. Of course, they told me they couldn't help me, and that was that.

    In 15+ years of Windows computing, that was the only time I ever even thought of calling Microsoft. I'm just wondering how often people do it. Does the average consumer buying that fancy box at Best Buy even know Microsoft has tech support? Besides resetting a user password, what reason could you have for calling them? I doubt they help with 3rd party drivers or software, which is what most people run anyway.
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    one-shot , September 28, 2009 8:56 PM
    I already have my copy of Win 7 x64 through MSDNN. :) 
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    dman3k , September 28, 2009 8:58 PM
    I have the Ultimate Signature Edition for hosting a House Party. Just $175??? Microsoft, you owe me at least twice as much!
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    Efrayim , September 28, 2009 9:02 PM
    I already got a Full OEM copy Of W7 though my school so I'm happy, But OEM is the way to go for system builders :) 
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    aneasytarget , September 28, 2009 9:12 PM
    Quote:
    OEM versions of Windows do not come without fancy boxes, manuals,

    Do you guys ever grammar check?
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    superblahman123 , September 28, 2009 9:12 PM
    HAHA! I'm with MSDNAA and got Windows 7 Pro for FREE!!! MUAHAHA!

    Pays to be a student at the right time ;-)
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    mlopinto2k1 , September 28, 2009 9:41 PM
    nirvanabahThis makes no sense. You're saying they DO come with fancy boxes, manuals, packaging, and tech support.
    That is pretty funny, I am so used to typo's that I overlook them and usually don't notice, or actually give a rats ass. Good catch and... uhh... WHO GIVES A SHIT! They never fix it anyway! That's like complaining to your friend about the shitty car you just bought! Go tell FORD about it! -Peace
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    bezacher , September 28, 2009 9:44 PM
    Not that the prices aren't nice but per Microsoft's product page: "Both 32-bit and 64-bit installation discs are included in the Windows 7 retail box. " (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Installing-Windows-frequently-asked-questions), so it would seem that the vast majority of the "savings" is simply from splitting out the two versions.
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    bezacher , September 28, 2009 9:45 PM
    Not that the prices aren't nice but per Microsoft's product page: "Both 32-bit and 64-bit installation discs are included in the Windows 7 retail box. " (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Installing-Windows-frequently-asked-questions), so it would seem that the vast majority of the "savings" is simply from splitting out the two versions.
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    one-shot , September 28, 2009 10:07 PM
    Scratch the previous comment...I got a "free" copy of Windows 7 Build 7000 Beta...not "Windows 7". :( 
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    teaguejb , September 28, 2009 10:25 PM
    Wait a tic.... Isn't it true that the activation on an OEM version of windows will only work once? By that I mean, if you have to call microsoft to get an authorization code...won't they tell you your version of the software can only be activated once? I've rebuilt several times with my retail copy of Win XP. Each time I've had to call for an authorization code, there isn't a problem. I have been under the impression I wouldn't be able to do this with an OEM license. Am I wrong?
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