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Windows 8 System Builder Version May Come Cheap

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    Windows 8 System Builder Version May Come Cheap


    A Windows license has traditionally been one of the most expensive components when building your own PC, but that may change with Windows 8.

    Windows 8 brings some major differences in licensing from past versions. Most notably, the so-called “Full Packaged Product” is out, and a new “Personal Use License (System Builder)” version is in. This lets users install the software on a computer they've built or as an additional operating system on a virtual machine or separate partition.

    Read more at:
    Windows 8 System Builder Version May Come Cheap | PCWorld

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    We can hope, but that article is a digestion of another article that is a well founded rumor mixed with some guessing.

    Hoping it's true, and really given the amount of advertising already in it with FLOODS to come and MS taking a 30% share of software sales, the thing aught to be practically free! That $40 upgrade price aught to be the end user purchase price period.
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    Yes, they are being very aggressive trying to get more money out of users via online services and apps.

    Too aggressive, I fear.

    Puts a lot of people off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    We can hope, but that article is a digestion of another article that is a well founded rumor mixed with some guessing.

    Hoping it's true, and really given the amount of advertising already in it with FLOODS to come and MS taking a 30% share of software sales, the thing aught to be practically free! That $40 upgrade price aught to be the end user purchase price period.
    Thanks for the article lead, Brink.

    I agree, Fseal. A new OS, especially drastic change of one like 8 ought to be more reasonably priced to coincide with the upgrade price. I'd expect to pay slightly more, but hoping it's low enough to justify the expense. I'd like to continue dual booting, for I don't desire to upgrade my 7 at the moment. It's not that I don't like 8, but it might head into instability and/or other issues. I learned from Vista on that one! Also, my 7 is x86 whereas I'm testing x64 on my 8 at the moment.
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    They hint around the fact that it might break the $100 barrier. However, many of us broke that $100 barrier using OEM versions in the past.

    I wonder if the System Builder License will work like an OEM and be tied to the computer it's activated on, such that I won't be able to move my OS to another box when I build again. Thats the piece I think I am interested in the most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    They hint around the fact that it might break the $100 barrier. However, many of us broke that $100 barrier using OEM versions in the past.

    I wonder if the System Builder License will work like an OEM and be tied to the computer it's activated on, such that I won't be able to move my OS to another box when I build again. Thats the piece I think I am interested in the most.
    Under our license, we grant you the right to install and run that one copy on one computer (the licensed computer),
    The above quote from both the Retail Upgrade and System Builder information on that site. This is also very similar language to the Windows 7 retail EULA and is different from the OEM.This is what the OEM says:

    we grant you the right to install and run one copy only on the computer with which you acquired the software (the licensed computer)...
    So either both products (RU or SB) are tied to the one PC or they both can be reused on a replacement PC. Here is the original article by Ed Bott and the last line says:

    I’ll have a more detailed look at what’s in each of the new license agreements tomorrow. Stay tuned…
    Microsoft radically overhauls license agreements for Windows 8 | ZDNet

    More information is needed.

    Jim
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    Yeah, most likely price for the system builder is probably $80 or $90 :/

    It SHOULD be $40, that's a decent price considering the issues I brought up. I paid about $120 or something for Windows 7 OEM so even 80-90 is better, though not great.
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    That's good! That means all the installs I do for people will cost less! HOORAY!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    That's good! That means all the installs I do for people will cost less! HOORAY!!
    Only if they buy the System Builder OS direct. You are not allowed to buy it and install it on a system for someone else.

    Jim
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    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Yes, they are being very aggressive trying to get more money out of users via online services and apps.

    Too aggressive, I fear.

    Puts a lot of people off.

    Yea, I can see how purchasing Apps is putting people off on other platforms and how Microsoft is cramming Apps down our throats. Funny how 99% of the Apps on my Windows phone were free and the ones I purchased weren't at gunpoint by MS.
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