Windows 8 Pricing Revealed: Why You Should Order Early

Windows 8 pricing has been revealed, and it looks like early adopters are going to get a pretty good deal on the new OS. This lower-than-usual pricing might not last, though. Newegg has made Windows 8 available for pre-order and the prices are listed as temporary savings, putting full versions of the OS within the $69-140 range.

Windows 8 Pro (the equivalent of Windows 7 Ultimate) can be pre-ordered as an OEM version for $139 with the standard Windows 8 OS being available at just $99. This falls in line with the OEM prices of previous Windows operating systems, though Windows 8 Pro isn’t exactly the same as Windows 7’s professional SKU. It actually acts as a bit of a replacement for Ultimate, which makes this price a bargain compared to the almost $190 Newegg sells Windows 7 Ultimate (OEM) at presently.

Here’s a look at the current pre-orders being taken over at NewEgg.

  • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) – OEM ($99.99)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version) – OEM ($139.99)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 32-bit (Full Version) – OEM ($139.99)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Professional Upgrade ($69.99)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 32-bit (Full Version) – OEM ($99.99)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Pack – Product Key Card (no media) ($69.99)

Where the temporary deals come in involve upgrades. If you’re currently using Windows 7 and just want to upgrade, you can do so at a discount. For about $70, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro either with media or through an ISO download coupled with the Pro Pack. Each option is currently priced the same, though this is expected to change.

The Windows 8 Pro Pack (key card only) is listed at $69.99 with a regular retail price of $99.99. Windows 8 Professional Upgrade (with media) is also available at $69.99 with a regular retail price of $199.99. That’s a $130 discount out of the gate. Quite a bargain.

If you purchase(d) a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013, you can go through Microsoft and upgrade the OS to Windows 8 for just $14.99.

What is an OEM Version, Anyway?

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer, which is a designation given to PC builders that build PCs out of components sourced from various vendors. Dell, HP, and Lenovo are popular corporate Windows OEMs. Your local PC shop or even an independent consultant that builds a PC for a client can also be called an OEM.

The idea is that Microsoft offers a discounted version of Windows for folks that build PCs for the purpose of selling them. This helps keep the cost of manufacturing PCs down, and is one of the big reasons Windows has so much market share today.

Newegg sells OEM copies of Windows because it caters to the OEM crowd. Many of the customers that use Newegg are building their own PCs from parts purchased on the site, and Newegg provides OEM software as a service to these builders. Thankfully, you can take advantage of the private use license and grab an OEM copy for your own PC project.

Here’s the rub. OEM copies of Windows do not have the full retail support of a regular copy. You are expected to provide your own tech support. You are an OEM in this case, after all. This is why Dell and HP provide tech support for Windows issues on their machines.

So, will you be picking up a copy of Windows 8? If so, what version?

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19 comments On Windows 8 Pricing Revealed: Why You Should Order Early

  • After Windows ME, I stop being an early adopter. I usually wait until at least service pack one. Good thing that Microsoft only has two versions. I believe Vista had like 5 versions.

  • Why would I hurry?

    • You hurry to get the cheaper prices, but you wait if you want the stable (but fully priced) operating system. If you adopt early, you get to get Windows 8 for cheaper. If you wait, you can use it when a service pack comes out and it’s more stable; however, you’ll pay more for the stable OS.

  • My question is if I’am just a general consumer can I get the Windows 8 OEM copy and install it on multiple computers I own.

    • Sure, you can use the OEM disc to install Windows 8 on multiple computers. However, the product key you get with it will only activate ONE of your computers. If you try to enter the same product key on more than one computer, your Windows license will be made invalid as soon as you connect those computers to the Internet.

      Also, keep in mind that OEM product keys are typically non-transferrable. This means that you can only ever use that product key with one computer, and you can never move it to another. The OEM product key is tied to the motherboard of the computer you first activate it on.

      There are almost always ways around these Microsoft security protocols, though, so don’t take these statements as completely solid. That doesn’t mean you should use the go-around methods when (or if) they appear, but you always have the option if you can’t afford multiple Windows licenses.

  • I don’t Windows8 to be a big step up compared to 7. In fact, i think it’s a step back when it comes to usability. So why would i pay $70 to make the UI less functional? When I upgraded my Macs, at least i got useful new features, not a completely overhauled interface.

  • For christs sake get your facts right.
    1) Windows is upgraded EVERY 4 YEARS. SO with OS X it would be $20+$20+20+20 =$80 DOLLARS! SAME PRICE AS WINDOWS!!!!!!!!!!

    2) The digital version of windows 8 is $40.

  • If you order early then you get the map packs for free! LOL

  • What about the $39.00 upgrade direct from Microsoft for the first few weeks I have seen talked about??

  • There is NO way that I am going to upgrade my desktop PC, turning into a stupid checkout system suitable for the Kindergarten audience.
    Equally, I don’t want the XCrap integration pushing onto me.

  • Tell you what, on my laptop I have finally served Windows an eviction order. Linux Mint has moved in, and seems to be a lot more house-trained, tidy, and painless. Equally it needs less room, which is one key point for me, since I have an SSD drive.

  • So..let me get this straight…..I can upgrade my new laptop I just got to Win 8 Pro for $15….but then have to pay $70 to get the pro pack which has media player and media center??? or does the $15 upgrade to Pro include the pack with MCE etc?

  • I’m a bit disappointed for some reason I thought that Windows 8 was going to cost $40 for the Full version with the disc and everything for a new machine.
    I really want to build a Windows 8 computer, for a budget price. I need to get the full version with the disc and everything, because I can’t upgrade to Windows 8, if there is no Windows XP/Vista/7 on the computer.

    So, now knowing that I will have to pay $100.00 for just the software, kind of irks me. But still, I can buy it now, and then when I have all the money and components for the computer, I can just use it when I can. Though, that will mean that Windows 8 software will just be staring at me for a while (probably a month) until I can actually unbox it and use it. So, I probably will wait a bit, go to the Microsoft store, and play around with their Windows 8 computers and really spend some good time there to make sure I will like using their computers.

  • I was using windows 8 beta (completely free) and was able to upgrade for $40..

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