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How much will Windows 8 Pro System Builder cost?

  1. #11


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Heh, then entire purpose of low introductory pricing is to pressure people into being early adopters so that the out of the gat numbers can look as impressive as possible.

    That's how it works, and yes the use of the word "pressure" is 100% spot on here.

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  2. #12


    If the System Builder will become $199 after the intro period and the intro period prices are less than $100....I would probably be inclined to buy at least 2 copies of it during the intro. In the event that I don't need a copy, I can always sell it to a friend or coworker down the road.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    System builder just CAN'T be $199... That would be terrible. It means that it's just another name for "Full retail packaging" (Ok it's less than the full retail Win 7 Pro, but no where /near/ the price of OEM)
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    System builder just CAN'T be $199... That would be terrible. It means that it's just another name for "Full retail packaging" (Ok it's less than the full retail Win 7 Pro, but no where /near/ the price of OEM)
    Actually, the Windows 7 Pro OEM is around $135-$150. And it's tied to the 1 computer it was installed on. Since the System Builder license can be moved to a secondary machine, its probably going to cost a bit more...and something I would be more inclined to spend money on. So, in reality, even at $199, it's only $50 or so more expensive than the Windows 7 Pro OEM.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 636
    Windows 7/8


    Traditionally I've always bought OEMs for around $120-125, they stay on the machine for 6-8 years as the machine goes through my primary machine, to guest/backup or other secondary purpose and then I pass it on to someone else, OS in tact. In the mean time I've built 2 more machines (about one every 4 years) Which needed new versions of Windows anyway. So really the $199 System builder is of no real use at all in that case but just sucks more money out of my pocket.

    The more I think about it, I'm not sure I've ever actually had an issue where I needed to transfer a windows licence in my entire life of building machines starting with my 286 (Well before windows). I mean if a motherboard dies on you then I can see it maybe being helpful, but the one time that happened to me I explained it to MS and got a new key for my OEM anyway...

    Really, that's the entire reason "no one" bought retail copies. They were expensive and in the end, the utility of being able to transfer the lic. to a new machine is rarely useful. Kind of like buying an extended warranty. Sure you might need it SOMEday, but in the mean time spending $50 more on 10 purchases to get the "warranty" functionality and using it only once ever is not cost conscious
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  6. #16


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Since the System Builder license can be moved to a secondary machine
    How is that different from what used to be the full retail ?

    No support from MS possibly?
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    Traditionally I've always bought OEMs for around $120-125, they stay on the machine for 6-8 years as the machine goes through my primary machine, to guest/backup or other secondary purpose and then I pass it on to someone else, OS in tact.
    I understand, I'm the same way.


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Since the System Builder license can be moved to a secondary machine
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post

    How is that different from what used to be the full retail ?

    No support from MS possibly?

    It turns out to not be different than retail. We've just come full circle, customers aren't intended to use OEM, so instead we will have a System Builder license. System builder license "should" be cheaper. Retail will be discontinued. System builder license will be "not so cheap".

    Guess we will see if it's any cheaper. Time will tell.
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