Windows 8 may drop full retail edition in favor of OEM and upgrade options

By Jos · 10 replies
Jul 13, 2012
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  1. Microsoft has traditionally sold full, upgrade, and OEM System Builder editions of Windows at retailers. But according to Windows Weekly co-hosts Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley, the company is planning to change how it distributes its operating system, ditching……

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  2. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    Why not just drop the OEM one and lower the price of the full?
  3. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TS Booster Posts: 244   +43

    Or you could just torrent it with a key generator upon release and problem solved...
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    That works for other things too... like if you're in the grocery store and you wish the steaks cost less, just walk out the entrance with your cart and skip the checkout line. Problem solved :)
  5. CryVer

    CryVer TS Enthusiast Posts: 38

    It also works well if you switch motherboard on your PC and hate going through the automated phone support to get a new code. This is really annoying if you have more than one PC that you switch motherboard on.
  6. killeriii

    killeriii TS Enthusiast Posts: 213   +14

    No, that would be stealing.
    It would be more like going to the grocery store with your portable replicator, and copying the steaks.
  7. All this talk about steak is making me hungry.
  8. You could run any of the many Linux distros for free. I've been using Windows since 2.x, so I've been a long time Windows user. Windows 8 has forced changes on the user, so I figured if I had to learn something new, I might as well looks at other options. Apple equipment is expensive and being locked in doesn't apeal to me, so I looked at Linux. A freind gave me an old laptop and I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on it. The more I play around with it, the more I like it. There are tons of free or low cost software available, you have a choice of every aspect of the OS. Linux is built for the user, where the user may decide what works best for him/her.
  9. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +15

    If anyone knows where I can get a steak-copying replicator, I'm really interested.... :)
  10. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    I heard Joe's Hardware has some in stock. :p
  11. Contrary to what M$ would love people to believe there is nothing illegal about xfering an OEM version to another system. EULA's are NOT ENFORCEABLE in any legal manner for this and M$ knows it. Same thing as was recently upheld in court over resale of video games. 1st sale doctrine people... defend it!

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