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Windows 8: What it's going to cost you

Campbell Simpson | Oct. 30, 2012
At Microsoft’s Australian launch of Windows 8, three retail prices were announced. But more than a few people ended up confused with Microsoft's pricing and those looking to buy a full version looked decidedly unlikely to find any satisfaction at all.

OEM software isnt available in big-box computer stores like JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman or Bing Lee. Its restricted to smaller and more specialised computer stores, where custom-built computers are assembled.

OEM Windows products have existed for several years, and were only meant to be distributed with already-constructed PCs sold from specialist PC retailers. However, these rules were not strictly enforced and many retailers sold OEM copies of Windows XP, Vista and 7 to any consumer who was also buying another piece of computer hardware like a DVD drive, graphics card or motherboard.

PC World has been told by several computer retailers that it is possible to buy the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 32- and 64-bit OEM DVDs alone, without purchasing any additional hardware. Microsofts OEM rules have also changed to accommodate anyone building a PC from scratch in their home (not just huge Original Equipment Manufacturers like Samsung, Acer, Asus, or professional Delivery Service Partners like computer stores), and anyone intending to use the software on an existing machine, as long as theyre intending to use Windows 8 in a virtual machine.


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