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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: Whats the difference.
By kirbalo on 10/11/2007 12:14:52 PM , Rating: 4
One thing that's different, and a showstopper for me, is that you can't connect to it with an x64 system. WTF? I can understand that the WHS is 32 bit...fine. But any x64 based system CAN connect to a XP 32 bit box without a problem. Both XP x64 and Vista x64 use NTFS, so it really doesn't make much sense to me why this is so limited...and for $189?

Too bad...I'll wait for x64 compatibility to justify close to $200.

RE: Whats the difference.
By deeznuts on 10/11/2007 1:03:00 PM , Rating: 2
They are working feverishly for the 64 bit connector/thingamabobber. Read it on the official whs forums. But it might be months away. Sucks I guess, but my only 64 bit machine doesn't need backups, actually none of my machines really do, I wipe my comp clean quite often anyway, so I'll be purchasing one of these days.

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