Windows 7 OEM prices unveiled, 50% off list price

ComputerWorld is reporting that online retailer Newegg.com has unveiled Windows 7 OEM pricing.

Newegg.com has priced the OEM version of Windows 7 Home Premium at $99.99 which is a price reduction of 50% down from the recommended retail price of $199.99.

Other savings are available for Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate at $134.99 and $174.99, respectively. This is a saving of approximately 50% on each version from the list price. OEM editions are priced lower as you typically do not get retail packaging, little official support and you're not able to transfer the operating system license from one PC to another.

Newegg is accepting pre-orders on the OEM editions of Windows 7, and has confirmed its pricing will stand until October 20.

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I second the comment before mine 1: Is it ulimated reinstalls unlike retail 2: Do u still get drivers from windows update or not 3: What happens if the pc is upgraded 4: Do i have to buy hardware to get oem or somthing I dont know 4: Supid question OEM will do a clean install right on a brand new on OS pc.

I'm not clear on the difference between OEM and Retail versions and what would cause the OEM version to not work. Can someone clarify? I would be installing it on a home-built system and was wondering if the OEM version would work. Thanks.

Mainly packaging and license. Technically the license on these "OEM" or "system builder" versions is cheaper and intended only for installation on a new PC for sale. Since people use wholesalers like newegg to buy parts to build PCs for sale, they can sell these OEM copies of Windows. Technically you aren't supposed to buy them for your existing computer but people don't seem to feel bad about it.

Yes, the hundreds of millions of manhours of work, the gigantic financial risk involved in developing... the massive legal and financial burdens on the company...

oh no..they are doing it to roll in piles of money >> right.

Rolith said,
Yes, the hundreds of millions of manhours of work, the gigantic financial risk involved in developing... the massive legal and financial burdens on the company...

oh no..they are doing it to roll in piles of money >> right.

As a matter of fact, they ARE doing it to roll in piles of money. You FAIL.

Dane said,
You gotta pick one or the other haha.

Sucks. My system right now is 32bit. Would suck to buy another copy whenever I upgrade my computer.

Xilo said,
Sucks. My system right now is 32bit. Would suck to buy another copy whenever I upgrade my computer. :/

So, go retail. It has both 32bit and 64bit, and can use it on your next upgraded PC without issue as long as you don't use Windows 7 on the old PC anymore.

Awesome news. I was worried that oem copies of windows 7 wouldn't be available except to major oems. Definitly going to get my copy through newegg, then. Just like I did for xp and
vista.

Windows 7 Ultimate is still too expensive for me. I'm going to wait until my university has it and get it through them. It might be a long wait. But, I think it's worth it.

Ultimate is pretty much not really needed for the most part as 'Home Premium' is all vast majority of people would actually NEED. since the extra crap is exactly that, crap. lol

java2beans said,
Windows 7 Ultimate is still too expensive for me. I'm going to wait until my university has it and get it through them. It might be a long wait. But, I think it's worth it.

MSDNAA only offers Windows 7 Professional.

I've already pre-ordered my two copies of 64-bit Windows 7 Professional. The total cost came to $269.98 (free shipping and no tax) . Gotta love Newegg.

exactly... because $100 for a OS is 'reasonable' but that $200+ crap is ridiculous.

luckily for me i got a FREE legit key (Win7 Home Pre x64 RTM) but i was at the right place at the right time to get it. it was pure luck.

ThaCrip said,
exactly... because $100 for a OS is 'reasonable' but that $200+ crap is ridiculous.

$100 and $200 are reasonable if you're talking about a single adult with a single computer. But take the average family, they need to buy several copies, then the price becomes outrageous. You have to factor in the hardware costs too.

Windows has always been an obscene cash cow for MS. $200 is 1990s pricing, back when there were 100x fewer customers for MS. What does MS do with all the undeserved billions it makes from Windows?

It's not like Windows 7 isn't going to sell. It's going to be preloaded, it's a guaranteed sale no matter how good or bad it is. There's something seriously wrong with that, from a capitalistic point of view. MS is like socialism. Windows is like a tax. Not only is it a tax, it's an unfairly priced tax.

toadeater said,
$100 and $200 are reasonable if you're talking about a single adult with a single computer. But take the average family, they need to buy several copies, then the price becomes outrageous. You have to factor in the hardware costs too.

Windows has always been an obscene cash cow for MS. $200 is 1990s pricing, back when there were 100x fewer customers for MS. What does MS do with all the undeserved billions it makes from Windows?

It's not like Windows 7 isn't going to sell. It's going to be preloaded, it's a guaranteed sale no matter how good or bad it is. There's something seriously wrong with that, from a capitalistic point of view. MS is like socialism. Windows is like a tax. Not only is it a tax, it's an unfairly priced tax.

No, Microsoft has nothing to do with socialism and to say as much proves you have no idea what socialism even means. Running things by profit motive is the very definition of capitalism. Socialism is when government controls the means of production. If Microsoft were to follow a socialist framework, they would produce their own PCs and include the cost of Windows in the cost of the PC in order to spread the cost to everyone and *not* require anyone to purchase Windows separately. Instead, they simply make an operating system that you can choose to buy or not to buy. They don't care what hardware you install it on as they don't sell it. They follow a purely capitalistic model unlike a company such as Apple who makes the PCs and marks them up so all users fund the development of OSX rather than requiring them to purchase it separately.

Also, a family is free to buy the $150 3-license family pack.

I dunno, there's OEM and then there is ODM versions? While the same in a sense maybe ODM doesn't require it come with hardware? I've always heard and known that a OEM copy had to come with some sorta hardware buy.

shinji257 said,
yes

Not at all.

Microsoft changed the packaging so that places like Newegg can offer the OEM copy in a system builders pack without having to buy any hardware. It has been this way now for a couple of years.

lawtai said,
Will you need to also buy hardware with the software?

I bought 2 copies of XP OEM without hardware at all in the basket, first purchase was about 5 years ago, and my 2nd copy about 2 years ago for a newer PC.