US etailer Newegg was one of the first to publish the SKUs for preorder, and the discounts over retail licenses are appreciably significant:
- Windows 7 Home Premium: $99 (Retail: $199, 51% discount)
- Windows 7 Professional: $134 (Retail: $299, 55% discount)
- Windows 7 Ultimate: $174.99 (Retail: $319, 45% discount)
While the savings presented by an OEM license may entice buyers, there are a few restrictions which might still compel the purchase of a full retail copy. Foremost, OEM licenses are restricted to the PC they are first installed on. This differs from fully packaged product (FPP) licenses which allow the OS to be migrated to any system so long as the OS is only installed on one machine at a time. Secondly, the aesthetically-minded might be put off by the lack of retail packaging; OEM installation media comes packed in a paper sleeve. Lastly, OEM licenses are subject to limited support from Microsoft. Users who require phone or email contact with Microsoft should choose an FPP edition.
Like retail licenses, OEM copies of Windows 7 will be delivered or available on October 22 when the OS officially launches.