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    News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    Thinking about picking up Windows 7 later this year? Confused? Read this.
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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    Still confused

    Whats the cheapest way to go from XP to win 7 home premium?

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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    Balls. I still want W7 but will probably be able to afford the one copy now... When the price drops.

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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    Quote Originally Posted by Flibb View Post
    Still confused

    Whats the cheapest way to go from XP to win 7 home premium?
    There's only one way: Buy Windows 7 Home Premium E (Full). If you pre-order it (when that starts), you'll get it cheap.

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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    I'm even more confused now.

    Hexus: Windows 7 Upgrade Offer will launch tomorrow - June 26th 2009 - and be offered by PC manufacturers around the world. It's up to manufacturers to join in, but most seem to be doing so, and it works like this: buy an eligible PC with Windows Vista starting tomorrow, and you'll be gifted a free upgrade to Windows 7 on October 22nd.

    BBC: No free upgrade, but instead you will be able to buy the full windows 7 for the upgrade price of £79.99 if you buy a Vista computer.

    BBC: Upgrade home premium edition is £79.99, Full is £149.99
    Hexus: Full home premium edition is £79.99 launch day until dec 31st, then £149.99

    And no clarification on whether the pre-order price is for a full or an upgrade edition?

    And.. OEM?

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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    Is W7 Pro E REALLY £189? Not a typo? The FULL copy? A full copy of Windows 7 pro 64-bit at £189 is not unreasonable to me, and if there are going to be discounts on THAT for pre-orders, I will be in line for a copy. My main content creation workstation is trundling along happily with XP, but the 3.5GB RAM limit (512MB PCI-E Radeon card in there too) is starting to hamper my workload!

    Why do I get the feeling they are in fact upgrade prices...
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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    Quote Originally Posted by chis View Post
    Why do I get the feeling they are in fact upgrade prices...
    They are. But it's FULL VERSION software, due to the fact Microsoft can't seem to find a way to upgrade from the IE Vista to the IE-less Windows 7 in the EU. It is only possible to do full version installs, so they've simply made the full versions the same price as upgrades would have been,

    At least, that's my understanding. As it's so complex, we're probably all wrong

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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    So, which version is the one to go for? In vista, Premium was the one you wanted - but it appears Premium is the low end Win 7 version. Anyone know?

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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    Quote Originally Posted by watercooled View Post
    So, which version is the one to go for? In vista, Premium was the one you wanted - but it appears Premium is the low end Win 7 version. Anyone know?
    Nope, if you have Vista Premium 7 Premium is all you need.

    I just need to figure out what I'm going to do with my Vista Ultimate laptop and desktops.. don't really fancy paying what they want!

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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    right, If I'm building a PC in July and want Windows 7.. If i pre-order will i get to use vista home premium and then when 7 gets released I can use it for the price I paid when I built my pc?

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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    AFAIK, the Vista>7 upgrade is only for OEM system builders ie if you buy a Vista PC from a shop. If you were building a PC you could download and use the RC for use in the meantime.

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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    I'm still confused, is the W7 that will be on offer for £49.99 a retail, upgrade or oem license?

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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    Bah, bloody idiots...

    Too expensive, and MS's approach to home multi-licensing is idiotic.... Makes me wonder if Bill didn't send an email in telling them that he thought home owners with more than 1 pc was about as likely to take off as the internet....

    Give me 3 home licenses for £80 and i would be happy...

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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    I'm also outraged at how different the US prices are to GB prices, we end up paying more than 150% at current rates (plus have you noticed on American computer shops they nearly always offer rebate - I don't think I've seen anything of the sort in the UK so not only do we pay more to start with but they also claim however much back by posting a letter). Just because the £ is stronger doesn't mean we have money to burn. And I completely agree with cordas.
    And I think the 49.99 offer if for the full version, there will be no upgrade AFAIK because of this 'E' edition thing.
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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    Is there any purchase/upgrade route from the RC so you dont have to do a fresh install?
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    Re: News - Making sense of Microsoft's Windows 7 pricing and promotions

    Quote Originally Posted by yamangman View Post
    Is there any purchase/upgrade route from the RC so you dont have to do a fresh install?
    Nope, it was said all along, there will be NO upgrade path from the RC...
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