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I personally think MS charges way to much for a single licence of Windows 7. If they want to charge that much I think they should at least let people use it on multiple computers. What do you think? I also think if they lowered the price less people would feel the need to pirate widows.

asked Sep 05 '11 at 13:04

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edited Sep 05 '11 at 15:07


(Sep 05 '11 at 16:03) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

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Even £30 would be too much for people who pirate. People who pirate do it because they can and know they can get away with it. Hardly anyone ever gets caught compared to how many people that pirate.

People don't understand that the people who made this software have to earn a living too. They all need to get paid and the price is what Microsoft thinks the value of the OS is to consumers.

All businesses are out to make money.

I don't actually think that Home Premium, the most rounded version of windows is that expensive if you compare use time vs price and calculate when you will earn that money back from your job (oh yeh, people who pirate often don't have jobs because they are kids... duuu)

The people who pirate also know that Linux exists and that console gaming is cheaper than PC gaming.

The generation of 'I want so I'll get' needs to take the bullet and smell the roses.

If you buy a new laptop and contemplate the price of the OS then doing it this way is much more cost effective.

You could argue that if you can't afford it then don't get it and who NEEDS 3 or 4 computers in their house anyway?

People are far too greedy and the internet has bred a generation that does not see the difference between stealing software to stealing from shops.

The only difference is that there is a always a consequence if you steal something from a shop.

People are animals. They need boundaries and rules just like you have to give your dog. You don't and they will walk over you and your values with a big F U.

answered Sep 05 '11 at 14:13

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The thing is I'm a kid that is not old enough for a job. You seem to be hating on younger people who can't just save up $200 in a couple of weeks.

(Sep 05 '11 at 15:06) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

joss microsour spent 1 billion on research and development of win 7. currently they have sold 400 million copies, that comes $2.50 a copy. the creating the dvd's, packaging, shipping, cost them less than %5.00. this comes to under $7.50 per copy. now with the wanting $300.00 for a copy of ultimate i think you can see one of the big reasons why people pirate windows.

(Sep 05 '11 at 15:56) Chuckys Child Chuckys%20Child's gravatar image

I know why people do it because I've been inside the mind of a pirate.

Windows is overpriced and I hate how they have a monopoly on the market, but the only way I see that we can get MS to charge less is to vote with our wallets, but pirating their software is not going to change anything.

It's like hitting a wasps nest with a stick. They are only going to get angry.

A good price? £60 ($100) because this = the price of a pair of good quality shoes and what With W8 seeming like not that far off it's going to be a bitter pill to swallow for the next upgrade.

The current pricing policy of W7 is terrible. Home Premium offers the right balance for home users between price and features, while the price hike for pro and ultimate is retarded.

Linux is too far off being perfect to ever be a threat and with MS having the monopoly I don't see that their marketing wombats will lower the price.

I'm like a recovering alcoholic and just like the guy who can't have a drink I tend to go a little overboard when talking pirating.

But I'm proud that everything on my computer is legit (ish)

(Sep 05 '11 at 16:37) SignOff SignOff's gravatar image

Oh ok thanks for explaining.

(Sep 05 '11 at 17:02) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

"this comes to under $7.50 per copy. now with the wanting $300.00 for a copy of ultimate i think you can see one of the big reasons why people pirate windows."

are you saying that companies should not make any money? and how much money do they put into for support? i.e. updates? Yes software has a huge markup. Mind you according to you, they invested about 1 BILLION dollars, and tied that money up for probably a couple years... they need to get a return on their investment.

(Jan 26 '12 at 13:54) trueb trueb's gravatar image

Right but they also could charge a more reasonable amount like $30-$50 (not everyone gets that nice student discount). Also they need to consolidate all versions and just produce one Windows 7 not all of this Ultimate, Pro, barely an OS shit.

(Jan 29 '12 at 09:00) supernova42 supernova42's gravatar image
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Well, honestly it is to me. But you get what you pay for, so I think is worth paying the price.

answered Sep 05 '11 at 13:11

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edited Sep 05 '11 at 13:11

Not really.

(Sep 05 '11 at 15:08) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

Not really because you get what you pay for and it is worth it. It sucks that you have to pay for the license for each computer rather than "buying the operating system" so to speak.

answered Sep 05 '11 at 13:43

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I think MS could lower the price since end users don't buy windows anyway and Microsoft makes money by selling to OEMs and not consumers.

answered Sep 05 '11 at 14:16

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I don't think that Windows is over priced. Microsoft needs to make a living also. I have no problem giving Microsoft money for the products that they make, I want them and I am willing to buy them at their prices. If you cannot afford it then you don't need it, find something that is free or cheaper, don't steal it.

answered Sep 05 '11 at 15:27

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edited Jan 10 '12 at 21:07

People pirate software costing a few pounds or dollars so while it may reduce the amount it will never prevent it because some people simply object to having to pay.

Take the example of the Humble Indie Bundle whereby you could for 5 games pay whatever you wanted literally with a user-specified amount going to charity. A not insignificant number paid as little as 1 cent for them which was actually making them a loss. Even with the option of paying just 1 cent for about $50 worth of games it still saw some torrenting them.

answered Sep 05 '11 at 13:39

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well i am lucky tho, my school gives out free copies of various windows software. But only because i am a computer science student. so the price for windows has never been a problem for, and considering most of my life i bought stock OEM machines so it was never an issue.

answered Sep 05 '11 at 14:38

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For the home versions, not really. OS X used to cost $130 and I think Windows 7 Home Premium does now, so they're fine on that. The Ultimate and Professional versions are a little overpriced I think. Apple can get away with 2 versions of their OS. Microsoft shouldn't really need 4 of them.

answered Sep 05 '11 at 16:08

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Actually windows 7 Home Premium is $200.

(Sep 05 '11 at 16:59) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

I think its way over priced look at how much OS X cost and all it can do ( sure u cant install it on a normal PC legally ) . and lets not start with the free OS it does way more and its free . so in MHO Windows is to expensive for the average person.

answered Sep 05 '11 at 16:20

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you clearly don't know anything about technology or computers if you think OS X does "way more" than windows.

(Sep 05 '11 at 22:20) firebirdtransam firebirdtransam's gravatar image

He never said it could do way more.

(Sep 05 '11 at 22:23) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

I would price retail copies something like this. Than they could be a little cheaper based on the retail shop.

Home - $99

Professional - $149

Ultimate - $199

Have to think about OEM pricing.

They sell at their current prices so they are not too worried about it. I do wonder how many more would upgrade or do so faster if the basic edition was cheaper.

The idea of the basic retail version of Windows being one hundred makes it easier than paying almost two hundred dollars.

answered Sep 05 '11 at 17:57

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edited Sep 05 '11 at 17:58


Those prices are right on the dot. Good balance between value and price. I think a good OEM prices good be somewhere along the lines of:

Home - $49

Pro - $99

Ultimate - $149

(Sep 05 '11 at 20:03) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image


Those were the exact prices I had down for the OEM as well and than I changed it because I commented. We are on the same page price wise. I was thinking the OEMs would be in that price range. :]

Going past $200 for an operating system is a bit over the top and that $99 price point is popular with many types of items. Having to pay $180 plus for the base software is can be over peoples budget or what they are willing to spend for an operating system. What makes it appear more expensive is when you can purchase desktop or laptop computers with Windows 7 for sub $300.

(Sep 05 '11 at 21:07) Xiro Xiro's gravatar image
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