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Topic # 43018 15-Oct-2009 16:30
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With the release of the much awaited Windows 7 less than a week away where is the pricing schedule? The rest of the world seems to have their pricing levels - why not us? I would have hoped that our media might have winkled the price out of MS - all we want to know is wether NZ prices will be more than a small car...

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  Reply # 264101 15-Oct-2009 16:38
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From what I have seen the prices are pretty much the same as vista range really







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  Reply # 264176 16-Oct-2009 06:10
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Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, for 32/64-bit systems $529.32
incl GST well that just put me off buying it




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  Reply # 264182 16-Oct-2009 07:17
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just a thought - when vista was first released genuine boxes were sold for next to nothing on trademe. like i saw a vista ultimate retail for selling for $250-300 when rrp was about ?$800. were they genuinely genuine - apparently they were! (trademe made them take pictures of the authentication parts i think)

but i guess in the face of a recession even people are trying to rip off others on trademe ... so maybe not with windows 7. but worth looking ... having said that now everyone on geekzone will leech onto them! hmm ...

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  Reply # 264199 16-Oct-2009 08:43
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Our windows7 stock arrived in this morning Laughing

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  Reply # 264204 16-Oct-2009 08:54
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The best price I've seen is $199 incl GST and delivery from Computer Lounge for Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OEM.

PriceSpy usually have a good comparison of prices, but they don't yet list Windows 7.

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  Reply # 264215 16-Oct-2009 09:52
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That is the oem version, you have to buy some hardware for that version, cant just walk off the street and buy it.. *well technically thats how it is suppose to go
Theres a fair bit of margin even in that price.. it will get lower than $199

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  Reply # 265136 19-Oct-2009 20:35
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isn't NZ a third world country why can't we get third world prices $499.05 for a retail version of windows 7 ultimate errr ok marginally better than when vista was first released but still dearer than vista ultmate as of now which was $407 at ascent




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  Reply # 265137 19-Oct-2009 20:38
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Ouranos: The best price I've seen is $199 incl GST and delivery from Computer Lounge for Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium OEM.

PriceSpy usually have a good comparison of prices, but they don't yet list Windows 7.


gee did you see them lovely looking retail boxes advertising win 7 oem whats the bet you wont get one when you buy it from comp lounge




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  Reply # 265172 19-Oct-2009 22:52
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garvani: That is the oem version, you have to buy some hardware for that version, cant just walk off the street and buy it.. *well technically thats how it is suppose to go
Theres a fair bit of margin even in that price.. it will get lower than $199


I was of the understanding the licencing rules have changed here and you no longer need to purchase hardware to buy OEM, you just don't get all the fancy packaging.




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  Reply # 265181 19-Oct-2009 23:09
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According to Microsoft OEM is only for sale with a PC to a third party. So if you buy an OEM licence you aren't allowed to use it yourself. The licence is here. Microsoft's FAQ says:

"OEM System Builder software must be preinstalled and then resold to another party. If you are using the PC within your organization, this "resale" requirement will not be met. In addition, as a system builder preinstalling OEM System Builder software onto new PCs, this requires that you grant the end user license terms to the third party acquiring the PCs from you. If you are distributing the PCs within your organization, you can’t grant the end user license terms to yourself."

In theory non compliance with the licence in this way is the same as using pirated software. Has anyone heard of Microsoft enforcing this?

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  Reply # 265291 20-Oct-2009 12:32
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garvani: That is the oem version, you have to buy some hardware for that version, cant just walk off the street and buy it.. *well technically thats how it is suppose to go
Theres a fair bit of margin even in that price.. it will get lower than $199


What is the minimum hardware you need to purchase to be eligible for OEM OS software?

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  Reply # 265293 20-Oct-2009 12:38
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dacraka: What is the minimum hardware you need to purchase to be eligible for OEM OS software?


Well once again this is a grey area. I havnt looked at the oem rules lately, but it used to be any thing deemed cruical for a pc to operate. Cpu, motherboard, ram etc etc. However you could argue a keyboard is needed, however the cheapest bit of needed hardware is actualy a cmos battery.
Thats pushing it a bit though lol. If you brought a cpu or ram you should be able to purchase oem

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  Reply # 265836 21-Oct-2009 22:07
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New Zealand are one of the poorer countries in the OECD. 


So, why must we pay the highest prices in the world for windows 7? 


Because, microsoft NZ are a bunch of greedy pigs at the trough. 


You might say, but, they have lower economies of scale. 


This might apply to hardware goods, but certainly not to software. 


Or, does the NZ version of windows 7 come with extra features that the others do not get?


Come on microsoft, haven't you heard of globalisation? 

I will be boycotting micosoft nz as long as they rip off nz consumers. 


I'll import this from overseas. 


Or, do ms nz have some good reason? It had better be good though.  




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  Reply # 265875 21-Oct-2009 23:18
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Hm. $529.32.
Glad XP has still a year or five left in it.
That's a heck of a lot of money for a coaster with a laser track on it.

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