Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Nov 2012 01:41 UTC
Windows "Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads. No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth. Is it a problem? Let's tackle this from a couple of different angles." Hadn't seen them either - I don't use those applications - but this is pretty despicable.
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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 10th Nov 2012 06:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

Last I checked, the full retail copy of Windows didn't cost in the tens of dollars. Some low-end upgrades might be $99.99999, but they're still basically a hundred. You're probably alluding to the to $40 special upgrade promotion for Windows 8. If so, you'd better run out and get a copy while the special pricing lasts, because it won't stay there for long. Additionally, you'd better have a copy of Windows already--because the promotion is only for the upgrade copies.

I'm pretty damn sure I had to pay $200 for Windows XP Professional years ago just to get away from the trainwreck that was Windows ME, and if it was the "full" version it would have been a whopping $300. Vista and 7 came with prices of up to $400 if I remember right (one of the many reasons I ditched the OS starting with that release; SKU nightmares and increasingly ridiculous pricing schemes being only two big ones).

And while I don't care too much about Windows 8's pricing myself (Windows 8 is Windows, Windows was always expensive, it's 2012 and that's obvious by now, nothing new...), a quick glance on Amazon shows that Windows 8 Pro will jump right up to $200 soon enough. And yes... again... that's just the upgrade, once again.

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RE[4]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Sat 10th Nov 2012 06:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Or, get an OEM copy of Windows 8 Pro for $129.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Or, get an OEM copy of Windows 8 Pro for $129.

Yeah... and be stuck running it on that, and only that, computer. Great idea.

No, thanks. I value my freedom as the owner of my computer and a license of a piece of software that I paid good money for to be able to freely and without restrictions upgrade my machine as I desire, or even move the operating system to a completely new, more powerful computer in the future without special technical restrictions being put in place in the software to prevent me from doing so.

But if you want that bullshit, then have at it. Windows OEM versions may be just for you.

Edited 2012-11-10 07:27 UTC

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RE[4]: Comment by Drumhellar
by WorknMan on Sat 10th Nov 2012 22:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

a quick glance on Amazon shows that Windows 8 Pro will jump right up to $200 soon enough. And yes... again... that's just the upgrade, once again.


Where the hell do you get that info? The Pro 'System Builder' (which is basically the OEM version of old) is $125. AFAIK, they don't even sell retail/boxed copies anymore. Why? Cuz nobody was buying them. You either get Windows as an upgrade, or with a new machine.

The regular build (which is what most people end up getting) is $85 on Amazon. A far cry from the 'hundreds' I keep hearing about.

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