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  (Source: AnandTech)
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 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.

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