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    Why is Windows 8 cheaper than Windows 7?

    I went shopping on Amazon for Win 7 to install in Bootcamp on my MacBook Pro. To my surprise, I found I can buy Win 8.1 Full Version for $110, but Win 7 Home Premium will cost me $210. My instincts tell me that's backwards. Can anyone explain?

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    Do some more shopping - examples below.

    Home Premium from NewEgg:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...FUyk4Aodhh8AMQ

    Professional from Newegg:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Fcae4AodZV0AIA

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    For just a few more hours (til Sunday 11:59 P.M. PT) Newegg has eBlast sale; 7 HP Sp1 64-bit OEM for $79.

    That sounds more like the Win 7 Pro retail cost, HP shouldn't be that high.

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    Okay. Maybe a better question: Is 7 or 8 the better choice for my purpose (running on a Mac)? So far I haven't found a compelling argument one way or the other.

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    "OEM"—wasn't that for computer manufacturer's? Will a mere mortal hit a snag installing with an OEM disk? Just wondering ... .

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    If you haven't found a compelling reason, then I would be compelled to go for "best bang for the buck"

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    OEM for practical purposes means that you're responsible for your own Windows support, the free MS 'phone support may not be applicable, except for problems with Windows Update.

    Go with W7 if you are comfortable with it (or XP) or you have a need to run a very old program; W8 requires a fairly steep learning curve. If you're not familiar with either W7 or W8, it's a pretty even call.

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    Thanks, Satrow, and to one and all. I've had my hands on W8, if only in a retail store, and I think that's the way I'll go. Still, I'm curious about that price thing. Am I seeing the old law of supply and demand at work? Just seems odd, y'know?

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    You probably are seeing Supply and Demand, and the fact that Win 8.1 is plentiful whereas Win 7 is becoming scarce (at least keys are as MS wants to switch to Win 8.1). MS most likely has many ways of manipulating the price to make the OS they wish to sell more attractive.

    My belief is that Win 8.1 is the better choice anyway. With some minor customizations and an add-on or 2 it will look and feel like Win 7 anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caesar3 View Post
    Thanks, Satrow, and to one and all. I've had my hands on W8, if only in a retail store, and I think that's the way I'll go. Still, I'm curious about that price thing. Am I seeing the old law of supply and demand at work? Just seems odd, y'know?
    I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft was being way more agressive on pricing with Windows 8. They really want to push it.
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    I think you were/are seeing the full retail package for W7 HP at $209. I see the 64-bit 1DVD OEM builder W7 HP is $90 at Amazon.

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    Well, well—one final comment: I just learned that I can NOT install Win8 on my mid–2009 MacBook Pro. If I want to do Windows via Bootcamp, I have just one choice: Win7. Oh, well ... I do like W7, but I was kinda looking forward to getting the latest thing. C'est la vie!

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    So that sounds like an Apple limitation versus a MS limitation. I would think that MS would allow this as that means they would sell more Win 8 OSes. Oh well, Win 7 is also a very good OS.
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