Windows 8 To Drop Retail Disks. OEM And Upgrade Packs Only

Written on July 13, 2012, by in Categories: Windows 1 Comment

Windows 8 Full price might be lower.

According to the latest rumor from the Microsof’s insiders, Paul Thurrot and Mary Jo Foley, the software giant might be ditching the retail version of the Windows 8 and instead, offer two packages only:

- Windows Upgrade DVD ($39.99)
- Windows 8 System Builder Kit (OEM)

If you are not familiar with the system builder kit, it’s the OEM version of Windows, which is used by people who build new PCs.

So what’s the difference between the OEM and Retail? None but technically, you could not obtain such version up until now.

Why even bother? Well, if we compare the previous version of Windows, here is the difference:

- Windows 7 Professional (OEM): $134.99
- Windows 7 Professional (Retail): $299.99

That’s a massive price difference and with the recent $39.99 upgrade special, we wonder whether or not the full version of Windows 8 will also receive a massive price cut, making it more affordable than ever before.

And yes, you’ll be able to buy the OEM version online.

Stay tuned.

  • Rashidul

    AS there is no difference between OEM and Retail then how price differs? Confused!