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Windows 7 OEM Pricing & XP Mode Release Revealed

Gordon Kelly


Windows 7 OEM Pricing & XP Mode Release Revealed

Just 20 more days to go and PC owners will have the full release of an operating system which no longer draws sniggers from the Apple and Linux communities.

With that in mind, Microsoft has announced pricing for OEM version of its best OS since Windows 95 and revealed when that rather handy XP Mode will be available. The former makes for interesting reading with Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate licences going for just $99.99 (£63), $134.99 (£85) and $174.99 (£110) - more than the early discount pre-order and bargain basement Student pricing, but as a long term cost undeniably good value.

Of course OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) editions are traditionally meant for system builders, but they have long been available to users who feel they don't need fancy packages and a manual three inches thick. Having used Windows 7 Beta, Release Candidate and now RTM over the past 10 months I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt whatever SKU you buy it's a very worthy upgrade.

In related news Microsoft has revealed users will have zero day availability of 'XP Mode' - the code which allows Windows 7 users to run a complete virtualised Windows XP environment on their PC. Consequently, while Windows 7 works with the vast majority of all XP software and hardware, should you run into a bump then XP Mode will ride to the rescue. It will be a free download for Professional and higher Windows 7 owners from 22 October.


OEM Pricing via DailyTech

Windows Team Blog XP Mode Post


October 2, 2009, 7:40 pm

All this Win7 news! I'm so excited I could throw a party!


October 2, 2009, 8:18 pm

case in point, team losi's brushless motor utility. will not run under anything 64 bit, or windows 7 in general. if a little sluggish, it was perfectly fine.


October 3, 2009, 2:14 am

Well if you actually throw a party Microsoft will give you a copy of W7 for the best price of all: free. Something I got in an email. They actually want people to throw Microsoft House parties and record the even in some way, video or pictures. I'm sure those will become an advert somewhere along the line to promote W7 and show the coolness of MS over Apple.


October 3, 2009, 1:12 pm

I wonder if they will want my film. 20 minutes to install 7, and then, because it is not possible to update from the beta or RTM, 12 hours spend reinstalling all the programs and software.


October 3, 2009, 4:19 pm

12 hours? Seriously?


October 3, 2009, 8:31 pm

Great - we get a 300page manual - woot.


October 3, 2009, 10:01 pm

home premium retail is only £2 more than oem £64.99 at most etailers


October 4, 2009, 7:19 am

I dont think I'd want to do an upgrade I'd want a clean install and a fresh start like it's a new computer. I have an organised backup of my files so just have to install a few programs and copy a few (large) folders and I'm away, probably would run faster too.

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