Windows 8 system builder pricing starts under $100

Microsoft has yet to officially announce how much Windows 8 will cost for people who want to build their own PC. In August, it was revealed that Microsoft would allow those kinds of customers to buy the same OEM version of Windows 8 as big PC makers get under the Personal Use License for System Builder plan.

ZDNet now reports, via unnamed sources, that the pricing for the system builder version of the regular Windows 8 SKU will begin at just under $100. Windows 8 Pro prices for system builders will be $20 to $40 higher, depending on if they are getting the 32-bit or the 64-bit version.

The story also says that the current price for the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium SKU is now set at just $90, down from its previous $129 price. The 64-bit Windows 7 Professional SKU is now being priced around $130, down from its previous $180 price point.

As we have mentioned before, Microsoft has only said that it will sell a retail box version of its Windows 8 upgrade software for $69.99 to the general public when Windows 8 is launched on October 26th. That price will stay in effect until at least January 31st, 2013. The company has yet to announce any plans to offer boxed disc copies of the full version of Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro to the general public.

It will also offer downloadable upgrades for previous versions of Windows to Windows 8 for $39.99 on that date, or for $14.99 for people who purchase a new Windows 7 PC right now.

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Microsoft

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There isn't an actual reader here with OEM pricing access that can verify this for the readers? There is no one at Neowin with OEM Partner status?

Seriously?

thenetavenger said,
There isn't an actual reader here with OEM pricing access that can verify this for the readers? There is no one at Neowin with OEM Partner status?

Seriously?


OEM System Builders/Partners like myself don't get pricing information in a timely manner like you might be thinking. Chances are soon we will get the pricing info.

"ZDNet now reports, via unnamed sources, that the pricing for the system builder version of the regular Windows 8 SKU will begin at just under $100. Windows 8 Pro prices for system builders will be $20 to $40 higher, depending on if they are getting the 32-bit or the 64-bit version."

yeah I am calling BS on that also, a 64-bit key is the same as a 32-bit key...

If there is a retail offering, I'd hope to see 64-bit as the only edition offered in the retail channel to drive adoption. Have the 32-bit edition be online/download only.

As for the pricing variation between 32-bit and 64-bit editions, that doesn't make much sense and won't do the customer any good. 1 price per edition of Windows 8 (Home, Pro), make use of the K.I.S.S. principle!

S3P€hR said,
So Windows 7 is more expensive than windows 8? Isn't it ridiculous? or it just tells Windows 7 is a better option yet its 3 years older
Or Microsoft has realized that if the price of Windows is more affordable they will see a better adoption rate and possibly less piracy.

S3P€hR said,
So Windows 7 is more expensive than windows 8? Isn't it ridiculous? or it just tells Windows 7 is a better option yet its 3 years older

Wait - you are saying because something costs less, it must be worse? I guess when the competition lowered the price of their OS, it meant that they are making worse operating systems, too? When Apple reduced the price of the original iPhone or sell the older version at a reduced price, it was crap, they knew it, and they could only sell it at a lower price. Does it mean Linux must be real bad, being it is free. And I guess when companies lower the price of their products, not because they had a way of reducing costs, but because the product is crap.

Or it could be that when Microsoft did things like remove Media Center, that, like some people were predicting, it would lower the cost, and it did lower the cost.

You are grasping at straws.

Home, Pro, upgrade or full, 32 bit and 64 bit pricing? I find it hard to believe that MSs market for people buying off the shelf copies of Windows 8 requires that level of fragmentation.

Yeah I'm calling bull**** on the different prices for 32bit and 64bit. They don't use different keys so why would the prices be different?

threetonesun said,
Home, Pro, upgrade or full, 32 bit and 64 bit pricing? I find it hard to believe that MSs market for people buying off the shelf copies of Windows 8 requires that level of fragmentation.

System builder copies aren't off the shelf, but I doubt that 32-bit will cost any different from 64-bit. It didn't for Vista or 7, I doubt it will for 8.

mrp04 said,

System builder copies aren't off the shelf, but I doubt that 32-bit will cost any different from 64-bit. It didn't for Vista or 7, I doubt it will for 8.


Actually, in a few instances on sites like Newegg, the 32-bit version and the 64-bit version of Win7 were different prices, within ~$5-$10 of each other. But that was a rare instance. Usually they are the same price.