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Thursday, January 25, 2007

Vista OEM Pricing Released

With the consumer launch of Vista only a few days away, we're finally learning more about OEM pricing for the newest version of Windows. Here is a quick list of these prices:

  • Vista Home Basic $99 (retail version: $199)
  • Vista Home Premium: $119 (retail version: $239)
  • Vista Business: $149 (retail version: $299)
  • Vista Ultimate $199 (retail version: $399)
While these prices may look cheap and at first, you have to note that Vista OEM licenses will not be transferable from one box to another. So if you're planning to build yourself new computer in a year or two, a full retail version of Vista might be what you need.

Insane discounts? It's a mix, really. Vista Home Basic and Vista Home Premium OEM are priced the same as the retail upgrade editions, meaning that your average do-it-yourself system builder isn't going to save much with an OEM purchase provided he has an old copy of Windows laying around to validate the upgrade.

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  • Hmmm, well, at that price, why not buy another copy when you upgrade? OEM versions are exactly 50% cheaper according to this list...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:18 PM  

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