Ars reports Windows 7 pricing leaked, later retracts story

Take the following news with your daily dose of salt. Ars Technica had originally reported today that they have the pricing structure for Windows 7, but later pulled the story, then reposted again stating that it was from an anonymous source and "not one of our usual, trusted tipsters."

Keep in mind that Microsoft has not announced any pricing for its Windows 7 products, when we asked Microsoft about the Ars story, they told us "final decisions are still being made on details like pricing. We will be in touch when we have more to share."

The prices Ars is now reporting again, listed below, are for the full product and not the upgrade.

  • Windows 7 Starter: $199
  • Windows 7 Home Premium: $259
  • Windows 7 Professional: $299
  • Windows 7 Ultimate: $319
The price of the "Starter" is quite a surprise for a leak because it's only supposed to be sold via OEM. These are the first leaks about any sort of pricing structure but they do differ from Vista's pricing structure in some areas, such as Ultimate being $80.00 cheaper. Time will tell if this rumor pans out but it doesn't seem to be to far out there to flat out dismiss.

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More inflated Microsoft prices, which will kill any momentum the product might have. Very few will pay anywhere near those prices. Why can't Microsoft for once, have a price that an average software product costs, which is around $40.

Its not like Windows7 is some whole new rewrite. Its just a hacked version of Vista with a new name slapped on it, and charge an insane price again.

To those of you saying "I won't pay that! Thats too much" etc, thats perfectly fine. Last time I checked, thats how a free market economy worked. If people don't want to pay the amount asked, they either get an alternative, or go without.

Also, to the "it's a service pack, Vista R2" people, an OS company is not obligated to provide any new functionality in a service pack. If they do, great, and if its for free, even better. I think this is still heads and tails above other OS company's policies out there for charging for version incrementation, but what it comes down to is that besides bug fixes, and security patches, the company that provided you with the OS doesn't owe you anything.

Windows 7 Ultimate for 150$ ...... This is what it should be Its a tweaked,refined version of Vista for which i am not going to pay more than that

Wow that seems a little steep, I paid $109 for Vista HP and $99 for Vista Basic. If those prices for Win7 are close I won't be doing the upgrade for some time, that is just a rip off IMO. I would go for a full version for a discount however due to being a Vista user but doubt that is going to happen. Somewhere I read that W7 is not that much different from Vista, I have both and I sure see a difference. Either way, I'd have no problem sticking it out a bit longer on Vista till that price comes down a bit.

Something doesn't ring right with $199 for Starter. I will agree that outside of that, the prices seem to be at least valid. The home version will be $159 again for the upgrade. Ultimate seems too cheap.

It doesn't matter, however, I won't be upgrading. Another version of Ultimate two years later is simply out of my budget. Multiple computers on top of that... no way.

If Microsoft really wants to get with the program maybe they might want to consider that about 10% of us will be without a job in the coming six months and almost 33% will be underemployed.

If Microsoft wants to keep some credibility they need to release a Vista step up program and more importantly... a home friendly, multi-user license. It burns me to say this... but something like Apple has done with OSX.

A lot of you need to grow up. Microsoft is a business and will NOT give their product for free just because you didn't like their last one. It works fine and just had a few hiccups at launch. Windows 7 is not that much different than what Vista is today, but people just refuse to try Vista.

if Windows 7 ultimate was under $200 then i might buy it. otherwise. waaay too expensive for an OS. maybe i'd pay $250 for a 5 key pack for all 5 computers i have in the house.
1. Gaming PC
2. Media Center PC
3. My Laptop
4. Wife's Desktop
5. Wife's school Laptop

lnxpro said,
if Windows 7 ultimate was under $200 then i might buy it. otherwise. waaay too expensive for an OS. maybe i'd pay $250 for a 5 key pack for all 5 computers i have in the house.
1. Gaming PC
2. Media Center PC
3. My Laptop
4. Wife's Desktop
5. Wife's school Laptop

Lol...

Be realistic. It took how many years to develop Vista and how many years to develop Windows 7?
It's a fixed version of Vista that they are trying to sell for a full blown "new" OS.

I'm taking these prices with a grain of salt sine we haven't heard anything from Microsoft yet. But I agree more with the prices Hurmoth posted earlier.

Ha! That is way too much money for those licenses. They are kidding themselves IMHO. Unless the upgrade costs a lot less or OEM disc costs off Newegg are reasonable, it looks like I'll be sticking with Vista Ultimate on my desktop and XP Home on my laptop for awhile.

People are forgetting this is more of a rumour and not from as a trusted tipster as normal.

I dont know who paid what they paid for ultimate, but i paid 140 pounds for Ultimate, bought it as OEM not Retail.

Garnett

dave164 said,
People are forgetting this is more of a rumour and not from as a trusted tipster as normal.

I dont know who paid what they paid for ultimate, but i paid 140 pounds for Ultimate, bought it as OEM not Retail.

Garnett

In portugal we can't buy a OEM unless we buy a new computer.

souldreamer said,

In portugal we can't buy a OEM unless we buy a new computer.


It's a breach of the license here in the UK too, but stores get around it by including a peice of hardware with the purchase... like a stick of ram for example. If someone is selling OEM copies without bundling it with some form of hardware, they are treading on some seriously thin ice.

In a sense, they could charge whatever they wanted seeing as some XP people will be willing to pay a higher price for 7 in order to avoid Vista. At least they are offering that discounted upgrade program.

$200 for Starter? That can't be right. I remember someone from Microsoft saying to look out, because they'll have very competitive pricing.

Pirates will steal their software regardless of the price. If it was $5 they would still rip it off because they're just that cheap.

C_Guy said,
Pirates will steal their software regardless of the price. If it was $5 they would still rip it off because they're just that cheap.

So very true. Even Bethesda's DLCs which were like... $1.99 were pirated.

If those weren't stupid enough to buy Vista in first, then this would be nothing to you No point in moaning now Vista lovers lol! I'm lookin forward to my jump from XP - Win7 at a fraction of the cost you paid.

scaramonga said,
If those weren't stupid enough to buy Vista in first, then this would be nothing to you No point in moaning now Vista lovers lol! I'm lookin forward to my jump from XP - Win7 at a fraction of the cost you paid. :D

I didnt pay jack for my Vista copies. Used keys off systems at work since we always use the CORP keys not the OEM keys. So I can get any number of valid keys along with the COA. :)

Oh, and Vista is fine...I have Vista on my work PC and my 4 machines at home...not a problem with anyone of them...i even have it loaded on "Vista Compatible" machines with no issues.

scaramonga said,
If those weren't stupid enough to buy Vista in first, then this would be nothing to you No point in moaning now Vista lovers lol! I'm lookin forward to my jump from XP - Win7 at a fraction of the cost you paid. :D

What, like those people who for the last two years have got it with their new PC?

What's a fraction of basically nothing?

scaramonga said,
If those weren't stupid enough to buy Vista in first, then this would be nothing to you No point in moaning now Vista lovers lol! I'm lookin forward to my jump from XP - Win7 at a fraction of the cost you paid. :D

You are in teh same category of people that still bashes Vista, but the funny thing is that you are more than willing to upgrade to windows 7.

And comparing the lesser changes in 7, you will be upgrading to a Vista in a great amount of things, lol.

ajua said,
You are in teh same category of people that still bashes Vista, but the funny thing is that you are more than willing to upgrade to windows 7.

And comparing the lesser changes in 7, you will be upgrading to a Vista in a great amount of things, lol.


like platon knew 1k years before: peeps are just so totally retarded and dont wanna know any better...its called the cave allegory.

At first I thought MS was nuts for charging that much, then I saw thats the price for the Full version and not the upgrade and gave me a sigh of relief.

Keep in mind that this is an unsubstantiated rumour confirmed by no one and was obtained through the grapevine from cousin vinnie's best friend's sister in law's auntie mable.

If they were the same price, there wouldn't be much point in having two editions, would there?!?! Pro has everything Home has, but more. Think before posting next time.

Microsoft is obliged to over the upgrade free to any version of windows that is still suported though a clean install may be required. Widows Vista supported Windows 2000 and Windows XP. So in theory Microsoft should support upgrades from 2000, XP and Vista.

thealexweb said,
Microsoft is obliged to over the upgrade free to any version of windows that is still suported though a clean install may be required. Widows Vista supported Windows 2000 and Windows XP. So in theory Microsoft should support upgrades from 2000, XP and Vista.

Just as Volkswagen is "obliged" to give me one of their new Golfs free of charge because I bought the previous model. Yeah right.

Windows7 should be free for those who paid for vista.

Amen to that. And I don't think it's going to be like that. The difference between Professional and Ultimate is only 20$ :-\

I guess we'll see how much the Upgrade editions will be. The million dollar question will be if you'll be able to do a clean install with the upgrade edition. There's no way I'm paying for the full version of 7 since I already have Vista, but I want a clean install.

M2Ys4U said,
Why? 7's not a Service Pack, it's a whole new OS.

It is Windows Vista R2.

But I agree that it shouldn't be free. However, I don't agree with these prices.

I think it should more like:
Windows Starter: $99
Windows 7 Home Premium: $199
Windows Professional: $249
Windows Ultimate: $299

That seems more reasonable considering what we're getting.

Massive discount and retail disks (not upgrade that requires messing around with prior installs even if you have to reinstall) for Vista Ultimate Victims.

Not to worry, Microsoft will offer the upgrade price to all owners of Windows Vista.

It's not "Vista R2" or "ME 3" or "Vista SP2" or any other ignorant mis-conception. It's Windows SEVEN.

I also prefer doing a clean install but I must admit that I did a Vista to Win 7 upgrade using Beta 1 and it executed flawlessly. All the drivers worked and I only had to reset one program (the notebook vendor's DVD player) to run in Compatibility Mode.

it is windows 7, because they want it to be windows 7, but it is what vista should have been. and it's funny how NOW they are incorporating things into win7 that were already commented when vista was a beta. it's as if they're doing thing right and they know it, they have to be careful to not actually acknowledge that vista was a mess.

daz411 said,
I guess we'll see how much the Upgrade editions will be. The million dollar question will be if you'll be able to do a clean install with the upgrade edition. There's no way I'm paying for the full version of 7 since I already have Vista, but I want a clean install.

How silly!

There is nothing wrong with Windows Vista! It is just another release which Microsfot have greatly improved upon with Windows 7.

Just like Microsoft greatly improved upon that bloaty, rubbish operating system Windows XP, when they released Windows Vista.

I have had no problems with Windows Vista, yet my Windows XP computer (Pentium 4, 512MB RAM) was slow as hell!

Kudos said,
I wouldn't say free but a token fee, like < €50, I would be willing pay.

Why not free? The last time I checked, service packs were free.

C_Guy said,
Not to worry, Microsoft will offer the upgrade price to all owners of Windows Vista.

It's not "Vista R2" or "ME 3" or "Vista SP2" or any other ignorant mis-conception. It's Windows SEVEN.

It's not ignorant; Windows 7 is what Vista should of been, hence the slang used to make note of that "Vista R2" or "ME 3" or "Vista SP2" I personally prefer to make a joke and call it Windows Vista 2nd Edition

Well, the market place is moving towards Linux (albeit at a glacial pace) so perhaps one day Microsoft WILL give their OS away for free. Untill then you can always pirate it.

Airlink said,
Well, the market place is moving towards Linux (albeit at a glacial pace) so perhaps one day Microsoft WILL give their OS away for free. Untill then you can always pirate it.


lol...dream on dude...