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Bill Bennett


Windows 7 is great. Its price isn’t

I’m impressed with Windows 7. After running the beta for months it is everything Windows should be.

Sure there are niggles – but that would be true of any alternative.

I was so impressed I decided to buy the operating system. Imagine my surprise when I discovered Dick Smith lists the Windows 7 Ultimate and Professional upgrades at $499 each.

The price is ridiculous. The same Dick Smith has notebook computers with Windows installed starting at $899. That’s notebook not netbook.

OK. I understand the $899 notebook might not ship with Windows 7 Professional. That’s not the point.

For just $400 more than the cost of a software upgrade I can have a new computer. The cheapest netbook on sale in New Zealand is $425 – just $25 more than the upgrade to Windows Professional.

At Digital Shop I can buy a desktop for just $487.64 with Windows 7 Professional installed.

That’s right. In effect I can pay just $87.64 for a new computer.

So here are my choices:

  1. Buy a new PC with Windows 7 Professional. Throw my existing, perfectly serviceable machine into a landfill. Have a better computer experience but stop sleeping at night because I’m destroying the planet.

  2. Revert to Vista or XP. This costs nothing – but will give me a more annoying computer experience than at present.

  3. Look once again at Linux.

What would you do?



8 thoughts on “Windows 7 is great. Its price isn’t

  1. What would I do? Order the Home Premium Family upgrade pack from England – three Home Premium upgrades for UKP 130 (approx $300).

  2. @Parsley72

    Are UK Windows licenses transferable to NZ? Because I’ve got three PCs that could use it (actually I’ve got 4, but 3 will do).

  3. Update:

    A Tweeted message from Brett Roberts at Microsoft New Zealand points out the price of Windows 7 bundled with a PC is at the much lower OEM price. This is the price Microsoft uses when it sells bulk copies of software to PC makers.

    Roberts also points out there are dealers offering upgrades at much lower prices than Dick Smiths. I shopped around and found I could get the software for approximately $340 at one dealer.

  4. If the Pricespy quote is for a legitimate copy of the software and the retailler is making a profit, then Dick Smith’s mark-up is something like 120 percent.

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