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Windows 10 Prices

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When discussing the price of Windows 10 most people fixate on the idea that it will be a free operating system. The reason for this is that to upgrade a Windows 7 or 8.1 PC it will be free, and upgrades going forward will be of no charge.  This does not mean that Microsoft is not selling Windows 10, simply that most people will not directly buy it.  For brand new machines, or machines with an OS other than 7 or 8.1, you’ll need to buy a copy of Windows 10.

The prices for Windows 10 are more or less in line with the prices for previous versions of Windows.  For the Retail versions Home will be $119, Pro will be $199 and an upgrade from Home to Pro will be $99.  For the OEM licenses Home will be $109 and Pro will be $149.  To put this into context it is the same price they are currently charging for Windows 8.1 Retail, and $10 more than they charge for 8.1 OEM.

Since the price is so close between Retail and OEM I would highly suggest most system builders think about buying the Retail version.  As far as licensing goes the Retail version allows you to legally move your license between physical machines.  So if you toss your old machine and build a new one you are within your rights to reuse the license.  For OEM the license stays with the physical box.  If you toss the PC you need to buy a new license.  I know some people will brush this off, but remember that Microsoft’s activation software has been getting progressively more strict. An extra $10 for the Home version now may well be worth not dealing with frustration later.

See Microsoft’s statement to Neowin here:


Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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  1. Lee Tetz June 3, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    My question is with the free upgrade they will provide windows 7 users how will you go about reinstalling the OS in the future if circumstances dictate it. I can think back to the windows 95 days when you would purchase an upgrade (win 98) then purchase another upgrade (win me) and so fourth to the point where you had to put three different discs in to verify you had the previous version. Microsoft made a statement that the windows 10 upgrade will be available in the first year to windows 7 users as well as 8.1. So say your machine requires a reformat and reload of the OS you put 7 back on and then what? Do you get to download an .iso file when we do the upgrade sounds like they are just going to push it through windows update like a service pack. It will be interesting to see the quagmire that Microsoft is going to create with this whole thing, I made the statement that I would die with windows 7 best desktop os from MS ive ever run however I do like the idea of being able to have multidesktops like we have been able to do forever with gnome on redhat. Just my few worthless .02

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