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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 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!"

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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