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Newegg lists Windows Home Sever OEM for $190

Microsoft is finally ready to roll with its Windows Home Server software platform. The Redmond, Washington-based software company pushed out a release candidate version of the software in June and released it to manufacturing in mid-July.

Microsoft Windows Home Server (32-bit) is now available to purchase by anyone looking to turn an old PC into a multi-functional storage/media/backup/remote access hub. Newegg lists the OEM version of the software on its website for $189.99.

Windows Home Server doesn't feature outlandish system requirements and will likely run just fine on a machine that is four or five years old. The bare minimum requirements are a 1GHz Pentium III processor and 512MB of RAM and many users have found much success with similar hardware.

For those that would prefer to buy a pre-built Windows Home Server system, there are plenty of solutions on the way. HP has a $599, 500GB EX470 server and a $799, 1TB EX475 server while competing solutions from Velocity Micro are also in the works.

Other companies who will produce Windows Home Server systems include Fujitsu-Siemens, Gateway, Iomega LaCie and Medion.

For more information on Windows Home Server and all of its features, be sure to check out AnandTech's preview.

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RE: microsoft software subscription
By Etsp on 10/11/2007 11:12:39 AM , Rating: 2
The action pack subscription? Possibly not. Personally though, I would avoid that abomination for now until they get their heads out of their a**es.

I know for my subscription, they included 10 licenses of Vista. The key they provide was for Vista Buisness Upgrade 32 bit, but no Windows XP to upgrade from. Then they shipped a disk of Vista 64 bit that doesn't say anything on it about being an upgrade edition, but requires you to use the same key, and the same 10 licenses and is therefore, also an upgrade.

Basically, to use the Vista they supply in the action pack legally, you have to go out and buy Windows XP
The purpose of the Action Pack is to help resellers understand Microsoft products so that they can resell them. How do they expect us to push their defunct operating system when they don't provide the means to use it legally? I know
of the workaround...

But it is illegal to do without the Licenses for XP.

Avoid it until they get their act together, or guarantee in writing that you will be getting either the full version of the product, or previous versions of the product for the purpose of the upgrade.

After discovering this, I am starting to get a better idea of why Microsoft is the single most pirated company out's quite painful to be legitimate with them.

RE: microsoft software subscription
By Master Kenobi on 10/11/2007 11:21:13 AM , Rating: 2
I have the TechNet subscription that gives me access to their software.

RE: microsoft software subscription
By BPB on 10/11/2007 11:43:09 AM , Rating: 2
Got this on the front page of the blogs. I have a developer subscription and hope to get it from here for free soon. But I'm not holding my breath...
Product Availability for Vista SP1, XP SP3, and Windows Home Server
In response to Color's comments/questions:

Vista SP1 is expected to RTM in the first quarter of 2008, and we would expect to have it on Subscriber Downloads very shortly after release.

XP SP3 (did you mean Office or Windows XP?)

---Windows XP SP3 “SP3 for Windows XP Professional" is currently planned for 1H CY2008. This date is preliminary .

---Office XP SP3 is a public download:

Windows Home Server - our acquisitions team is working with the product group to include this in the MSDN offering. We expect it will be offereed, but we do not have an estimate of availability.

Posted Monday, October 08, 2007 10:13 AM by MSDNSubscriptions | 3 Comments
Filed under: product availability

RE: microsoft software subscription
By Etsp on 10/11/2007 12:10:05 PM , Rating: 2
It seems I should have gone that route as well... and I believe I will as soon as my subscription to the action pack expires. The would-be advantages of the action pack is that it includes more than one license per subscription for many products. Sadly, it is poorly executed at the moment.

RE: microsoft software subscription
By Master Kenobi on 10/11/2007 12:45:49 PM , Rating: 2
My technet gives me 10 licenses per key unless otherwise specified.

RE: microsoft software subscription
By darkpaw on 10/11/2007 12:52:15 PM , Rating: 2
The real differnece in my understanding is that the Action Pack license can be used in production systems as long as they are owned by the company. MSDN/technet licenses are only supposed to be used for testing purposes, not day to day use.

RE: microsoft software subscription
By johnsonx on 10/12/2007 1:28:15 AM , Rating: 1
While I did find it irritating that the Action Pack included only Upgrade licenses, I gather that the rationale was that most ActionPack subscribers already had XP from previous editions. I had let my action pack laspe years ago, and so officially had no XP from which to upgrade. However, I seriously doubt Microsoft is going to argue with a signed-up Partner who paid for their software pack just because they clean-installed a few copies of Vista Upgrade. It installs, it activates, it passes WGA, who cares after that?

Agreed though on your last point. With many things software and media related these days, it's such a headache to comply with all the rules after paying for something that it often seems better to just pirate:

"What, you paid good money for that? Ok, here are all the rules of what you can and can't do, and here's where we treat you like a probable thief anyway. We're going to hassle you all the time about this, since we have your money and know who you are!"

On the other hand:

"Oh, you pirated that, and didn't pay anything for it? Hey, use it however you like. No rules, no restrictions, the sky's the limit!"

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