QOTD: Do You Think Windows 7 Prices Are Fair?

With the cat officially launched from the bag today by Microsoft, we now know the pricing of Windows 7 as it applies to consumers looking to purchase the operating separately.

As we covered earlier today here, the estimated retail prices for upgrade packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade): $119.99
  • Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade): $199.99
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (Upgrade): $219.99

And the estimated retail prices for full packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium (Full): $199.99
  • Windows 7 Professional (Full): $299.99
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (Full): $319.99

Of course, those who act quickly and are sure of their purchases can take advantage of a pre-order deal that will knock more than 50 percent off the price of the Windows 7 Home Premium and Professional SKUs. (Click here to find out more about that.)

We know that many of you are still awaiting details on OEM pricing, but that’s not something Microsoft typically announces, especially not this early before release. We’ll also be kept in the dark just how much Microsoft will be charging large OEMs for licenses of Windows 7, which will be particularly interesting at the low-end with Starter Edition.

Still, both the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade and Full versions are cheaper than the Windows Vista equivalent, and things get even more affordable with the pre-order discount.

We want to hear what you think about Windows 7’s pricing.

The question of the day is: Do you think Windows 7 prices are fair?

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  • smithereen
    There should be a family license, though, that makes sense.
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  • Anonymous
    I really don't know what MS is waiting for. In an attempt to re-invigorate sales game manufacturers have, on occasion, severely slashed prices and the end up making an absolute killing. I'm certain the same thing would happen with a price reduction on Windows. People would rather pay a reasonable price for software than obtain it illegally. The sooner MS figures this out, the sooner more people will have affordable, and legal, copies of Windows.
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  • Anonymous
    So to get Valid Copies of my operating system for my family (Myself, Wife, And 2 kids computers)it would be $500 minimum.... (4 copies of Home Premium Upgrade) Yeah, it isn't going to happen.
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  • ubernoobie
    I don't think it's fair because for the upgrades, it costs 100 dollars less than the full
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  • thedragn1
    I have vista ultimate and the upgrade to 7 ultimate costs more than I paid for vista!
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  • paranoidmage
    It's a rip off to people who have vista but like to do clean installs.
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