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QOTD: Do You Think Windows 7 Prices Are Fair?

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Cheaper than Windows Vista, but is it cheap enough?

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 , June 26, 2009 1:03 AM
    There should be a family license, though, that makes sense.
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    Anonymous , June 26, 2009 1:15 AM
    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 , June 26, 2009 12:55 AM
    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 , June 26, 2009 12:34 AM
    I don't think it's fair because for the upgrades, it costs 100 dollars less than the full
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    thedragn1 , June 26, 2009 12:36 AM
    I have vista ultimate and the upgrade to 7 ultimate costs more than I paid for vista!
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    paranoidmage , June 26, 2009 12:37 AM
    It's a rip off to people who have vista but like to do clean installs.
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    aspireonelover , June 26, 2009 12:42 AM
    nah, if microsoft lowered the price a bit. Especially with the Professional and the Ultimate editions.
    But I don't know if it's fair for me YET. I need to know the price of the OEM license.
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    matchboxmatt , June 26, 2009 12:42 AM
    Better than Vista was, that's for sure.

    I'd say it's worth it.
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    Geibys , June 26, 2009 12:45 AM
    I think there should be a special price for those who participated in the Beta and RC, but only for a limited time.
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    dumberthandumb , June 26, 2009 12:47 AM
    The half price deal sounds good. Upgrade is all you need, it does clean installs, why buy full??
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    jhansonxi , June 26, 2009 12:55 AM
    It's not just the price, it's the features you get at that price which matter. You have to take that into account when comparing to Vista or XP.
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    Anonymous , June 26, 2009 12:55 AM
    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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    smithereen , June 26, 2009 1:01 AM
    I think it's fair. Alot of people forget the amount of resources that go into designing an operating system. Not to mention the support.
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    Wayoffbase , June 26, 2009 1:02 AM
    paranoidmageIt's a rip off to people who have vista but like to do clean installs.

    you can do a clean install with an upgrade, it just checks to see if you have vista installed, can still reformat over it. If your system gets completely screwed later, you just have to install vista first (don't need to even register) then pop in the upgrade disk.
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    smithereen , June 26, 2009 1:03 AM
    There should be a family license, though, that makes sense.
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    formin , June 26, 2009 1:05 AM
    when you have a monopoly you can make the prices whatever you want
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    cabose369 , June 26, 2009 1:06 AM
    smithereenThere should be a family license, though, that makes sense.


    This isn't Apple... there are no "Family Packs"
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    redgarl , June 26, 2009 1:09 AM
    I got my versions of XP and Vista 64 free with msdnaa totally legally with the help of my university... but I would not even dare pay a cent for them... so the maximum price I am actually going to put for W7 is 0$!
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    Bullheaded67 , June 26, 2009 1:12 AM
    There are no "Family Packs" but if you have multiple PCs you want to upgrade look into a Technet subscription.
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    redgarl , June 26, 2009 1:12 AM
    smithereenI think it's fair. Alot of people forget the amount of resources that go into designing an operating system. Not to mention the support.


    Do you actually try to tell me Vista was a good thing because peoples worked hard on it?

    Actually Vista was worst than Windows Millenium... I don't want to pay for trash like this.
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    Anonymous , June 26, 2009 1:15 AM
    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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    falchard , June 26, 2009 1:16 AM
    They are the same prices as Vista and XP, so I don't think the prices are too expensive. I think most on this site are used to buying OEMs. I know I am going to get an OEM.
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