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Is the Windows 7 discount for Students an Upgrade Version?

I just built a new PC and need Windows 7 for it. I can get the discount for Windows 7, but I'm not sure if I can install it. Will I be able to?
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    The discount only applies to upgrades, get more info at:
    http://www.techworld.com.au/article/319199/microsoft_slashes_student_price_windows_7_us_30
    An upgrade requires you to have a previous full version that qualifies, XP, Windows 2000 or Vista.
  2. Thanks. I'm stuck with the full price then.
  3. I didn't think Windows 2000 was a qualifying version of Windows... I thought you had to have at least XP to be eligible for the Windows 7 upgrade.
  4. Zoron said:
    I didn't think Windows 2000 was a qualifying version of Windows... I thought you had to have at least XP to be eligible for the Windows 7 upgrade.


    That's true.
  5. you can upgrade off the windows7 beta i beleive
  6. I hope you have not just paid the full price?

    Although its an upgrade version, you dont need an os installed. I had win 7 beta, but were able to do a full format as a fresh install.

    You buy the key and get this by email, which includes the download link. With this you download all the files and can upgrade or use custom install to do a full and clean install. If you have any problems and would like the iso cd image, contact them and you will get a new link for this image.

    Download, burn and now boot from cd, again use custom install to give options like partition and format.

    Trust me, i have it and have installed it this way!
  7. Boxa786 said:
    I hope you have not just paid the full price?

    Although its an upgrade version, you dont need an os installed. I had win 7 beta, but were able to do a full format as a fresh install.

    You buy the key and get this by email, which includes the download link. With this you download all the files and can upgrade or use custom install to do a full and clean install. If you have any problems and would like the iso cd image, contact them and you will get a new link for this image.

    Download, burn and now boot from cd, again use custom install to give options like partition and format.

    Trust me, i have it and have installed it this way!


    So I can buy an upgrade CD, and install it on my empty hard drive? I'm using it for the computer I just built.
  8. I think the article from techworld was using "upgrade" in the colloquial and not technical sense. I paid the student price and do not recall having to enter a valid XP key or anything. But double check to be safe.
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