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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: sticker shock
By Lord 666 on 10/11/2007 11:14:21 AM , Rating: 3
Honestly, what difference does $65 make? WHS is a decent product. Being a WHS beta tester, it does work best on modern equipment, its right now on a P-D 930 and three gigs of ram and runs smooth for me.

I work in NYC and live in NJ:

1. To park a car sometimes costs $55
2. The daily rate to get to work is $42 by "mass" transit
3. A decent dinner for two easily costs $65+

I have never understood on Dailytech why a $50 delta of cost really makes a difference? "When Xbox 360 drops by $50, then I'll buy it" or something similar for HD-DVD players.

RE: sticker shock
By Anosh on 10/11/2007 11:20:01 AM , Rating: 3
Well I guess either people don't have jobs, they have families or they (want to) buy so many gadgets that 50 actually determines if they can afford it or not.

RE: sticker shock
By omnicronx on 10/11/2007 11:26:45 AM , Rating: 5
If you have an extra 2ghz computer lying around, chances are you can afford the 50 bucks. If MS added in MCE support (for use with an extender) i would pay $200 in an instant.

RE: sticker shock
By Oregonian2 on 10/11/2007 1:56:54 PM , Rating: 3
Or it has to do with being frugal and only wanting to pay what you think it's worth, on principal if anything. At $200 the software would cost more than an old machine is worth, and that would ruffle a few frugal feathers just for that reason.

RE: sticker shock
By VooDooAddict on 10/11/2007 8:37:17 PM , Rating: 2

I was really expecting to pay about as much as a Vista Buisness OEM or MCE OEM.

Will I buy it? Probably. I've got an old Dual Xeon 2.6Ghz (Netburst) with a well aged student copy of Windows 2000 that I should probably replace with a non-student copy of an OS. Maybe I'll toss on a Linux Distro ... but I'd really like to be able to show a few people what WHS can do.

RE: sticker shock
By glennpratt on 10/12/2007 1:57:07 PM , Rating: 2
Student licenses should be OK even after school if you graduated from the school that provided it. Or are you talking about another kind of student copy.

RE: sticker shock
By RjBass on 10/11/2007 11:31:30 AM , Rating: 3
The average daily price for a consumer in NY usually doesn't reflect the populace as a whole in the US.

For instance, here in Kansas City, we don't really use mass transit (more because of our city's serious lack of it), homes and general cost of living are cheaper, parking downtown can cost usually about $10 a day.

So here in a metro areas that has just over 2 million people, things are cheaper. The people have a certain expectation in regards to the products they purchase, especially for their homes.

Now when I go to those same people and give them my price tag to convert their old computer into a WHS, they will look at my like I am crazy.

WHS is not even close to a necessary product. It is purely a luxury. So when you have family's that have multiple computers for work, school and other necessary things, and they have multiple children to feeds, a mortgage to pay, bills due etc... the cost of WHS really doesn't add up.

Now their are some people, such as yourself, who have no problems spending an extra $50 here and $65 there. But when it comes to my own family, I am thinking I can spend $200 on WHS and give my home network a nice little upgrade utilizing that old P4 with 512 megs of DDR down in the basement, or I can get a little more fuel for the car, maybe take the wife out to dinner, and purchase another Xbox game for the kids.

When I bring this up to my wife, as all monetary decisions are family decisions and not solely my decision, you can bet she will go for option 2.

RE: sticker shock
By Sunbird on 10/11/2007 11:48:49 AM , Rating: 2
You said it yourself, its a luxury and I've never seen cheap luxury...

RE: sticker shock
By Lord 666 on 10/11/2007 12:20:20 PM , Rating: 2
That being said, isn't all of technology a luxury?

RE: sticker shock
By omnicronx on 10/11/2007 12:34:35 PM , Rating: 2
Can you survive without it? 500 years ago the answer would be yes, but people these days are actually dependent on technology to survive. I could name a handful of people i know that without electricity, would die in a month.
Stupid.. but the sad sad truth ;)

RE: sticker shock
By aos007 on 10/11/2007 2:05:45 PM , Rating: 2
Hardly stupid. It's a necessity. I live in an apartment highrise building, as does a huge portion of city dwellers - there is no alternative. Without technology and electricity, living in a highrise would be impossible, or so inconvenient and unsafe that it'd be essentially the same (without booster pumps to push up water, for example, or air circulation, or elevators, or fire prevention systems etc. - not to mention little things such as washer, cooking, fridge etc.).

Home server may be a luxury today, but electricity and technology in general are not. You'd need a massive reorganization of society to eliminate it.

RE: sticker shock
By Quiksel on 10/11/2007 11:38:28 AM , Rating: 3
sometimes you have to remember where an acceptable limit would be for a product to be "worth" the investment.

It's not to say that I've got to watch my pennies, and this one's waaaay too expensive, etc., it's more about utility and the value of that utility.

This is similar to the whole gasoline price hikes of the past couple of years... Some people go livid with the overall increase of the past couple years, however, until the price becomes truly obscene, people will continue to buy.

To me (and perhaps many others), this price for WHS is likened to the opportunity to be sold a gallon of gas for $5 instead of $3. To me, WHS is just not worth the $5. If we're talking the $3, I'm still in.

Make sense? This is really the heart of that perspective.

RE: sticker shock
By Oregonian2 on 10/11/2007 1:54:08 PM , Rating: 2
I guess it'll sell in NYC, even if not anywhere else.

RE: sticker shock
By Chris Peredun on 10/11/2007 2:31:48 PM , Rating: 2
I have never understood on Dailytech why a $50 delta of cost really makes a difference? "When Xbox 360 drops by $50, then I'll buy it" or something similar for HD-DVD players.

It might be a "small" delta, but enough drops in the bucket give you a full pail. That $50 can pay two week's gas for my car, food for the pets, Internet for a month ...

And the tendency of gadget-oriented individuals means they're never buying just one piece of technology at a time. When it's $50 saved on an Xbox 360, PS3, HD-DVD, WHS, and a new motherboard - "why, that's $200 I just saved!"

RE: sticker shock
By omnicronx on 10/11/2007 3:26:59 PM , Rating: 2
People like saving money, and bragging about doing so. Really in the end though you are right, the delta of $50 is so small on a product like the xbox 360 that it makes you wonder, if you are that tight for cash why are you spending $400?

RE: sticker shock
By Anonymous Freak on 10/11/2007 3:15:38 PM , Rating: 5
The apparent value of a $50 delta depends on the beginning cost.

For a $50,000 Lexus, yeah, $50 is literally NOTHING.

For a $5 Casio watch, $50 is beyond ridiculous.

For a(n expected) $125, $50 is a decent chunk.

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