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Will Windows be a Free upgrade for Vista Users?

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January 16, 2009 6:59:12 PM

All our computers camE with Vista Home Premium factory installed and was wondering if Windows 7 will be a Free upgrade for people with Vista?
January 16, 2009 7:19:29 PM

Nope, you'll be charged for it.
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January 16, 2009 8:20:02 PM

of course not. 7 isn't an update to vista. (well technically it is but not in the eyes of M$). you'll have to pay full price for it like the rest of us.
January 16, 2009 8:32:58 PM

And how much are we talking for this?
January 16, 2009 8:48:31 PM

When Windows 7 will be very close to release, some OEM vendors might give free upgrade voucher, but right now no. As for the price I would expect 75-100$ as previous Windows upgrades.
January 16, 2009 8:49:49 PM

Same price vista is now,100-150ish for an oem dvd on newegg. Side note, there will be a vista service pack 2 coming out with "some" of the features in windows 7 likely before 7 hits. Don't expect it to make Vista look like 7 though, just some of the behind the scenes stuff.
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January 16, 2009 9:27:21 PM

Was 98 a free upgrade for 95 users? ME and 2000 a free upgrade to 98/NT users?

No, it will be sold on its own and have an upgrade purchase option.

Free upgrades right near release to new systems may happen. They DID give free Vista to MCE 2005 users for a while if they got it at the right time.
January 17, 2009 12:27:09 AM

I'm using the 64 bit version of windows 7 ultimate; no flash player for 64 bit yet. I can't see enough improvements to justify spending on this version over vista.
January 17, 2009 12:31:09 AM

no. you will have to pay for it. nothing is free
January 17, 2009 2:57:23 AM

nukemaster said:
ME and 2000 a free upgrade to 98/NT users?

ME is capable of being an upgrade?
January 17, 2009 2:58:47 AM

randomizer said:
ME is capable of being an upgrade?

+1
January 17, 2009 9:56:47 AM

seboj said:
http://www.sevenforums.com/software/311-adobe-flash-pla...

Flash works fine on Win7 x64. If you're using the IE8 beta, use that link above ^.

Or, use this link. www.firefox.com


He's talking about a native 64-bit. Alot of programs, most specifically sidebar programs, are native 64-bit. This means that they can only communicate with other 64-bit programs, and that includes internet explorer. So they open up the 64-bit browser by default, because that's all that they can open up. Then, inside the 64-bit browser, flash doesnt work, because adobe is lazy.

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January 17, 2009 11:57:55 AM

You guys are not exactly right. I purchased Win XP about a month before Vista came out and when i contacted them, they offered vouchers for Vista to those people who purchased XP in a certain time period. I simply didnt because of all the negatives I was reading about. Its always good to wait a year when a new OS comes out, anyway.
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January 17, 2009 3:14:45 PM

yes you call up MS and they offer you a coupon that will give you a certian percentage off the price but the OP was wanting to know if MS will give your a FREE copy of windows 7 cause you have Vista

if i were in a business working with so many special apps and old hardware i would be negative of Vista too but I sense i built a new PC i was able to put Vista on it and the only issue i have is that Nvidia didn't make a new driver to enable the video out option on my GPU not MS fault Nvidia's fault. If you trying to install it on your XP PC you had sense 2001 no wonder Vista doesn't work on your computer. too much of a gap between windows versions
January 17, 2009 5:03:05 PM

meh im just going to stick to Vista 64 for a while anyways since DX11 is supported by Vista...
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January 18, 2009 1:05:33 AM

curnel_D said:
He's talking about a native 64-bit. Alot of programs, most specifically sidebar programs, are native 64-bit. This means that they can only communicate with other 64-bit programs, and that includes internet explorer. So they open up the 64-bit browser by default, because that's all that they can open up. Then, inside the 64-bit browser, flash doesnt work, because adobe is lazy.

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100% true

ADOBE is to blame here, they claim to be working on it.

http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?external...
January 18, 2009 1:08:16 AM

Yea, and I'm working on superconducting hotplates.
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January 18, 2009 2:37:56 AM

randomizer said:
Yea, and I'm working on superconducting hotplates.

I am building a time machine as we speak, but dont tell too many people.

Are your hotplates made of naquadah?
January 18, 2009 3:08:16 AM

nukemaster said:
100% true

ADOBE is to blame here, they claim to be working on it.
All jokes aside, that's why paying for 64 is not necessarily a wise decision.

Yeah yeah, I know that 64 is the near future. ;) 
January 18, 2009 3:20:50 AM

Adobe just needs to go Ch 7 so some decent software can become standard.
January 18, 2009 4:04:34 AM

Windows 7 64 is fine. I did loose my ethernet connection at the board level by running my XP.

What's that all about?

Can't anyone give me the answer?

I thought not. :lol: 
January 18, 2009 4:38:33 AM

hooterville said:
All our computers camE with Vista Home Premium factory installed and was wondering if Windows 7 will be a Free upgrade for people with Vista?


I'd like to live on your planet of optimism. Send me the coordinates.
January 18, 2009 2:42:40 PM

If M$ gave Windows7 to everyone with Vista, you would be in an alternate universe where dogs talk and birds have human pets! Woooo!
January 18, 2009 4:02:37 PM

It would be nice if some of the features were available for vista "ultimate"

You know that claim that cool new features would be introduced only to those who purchased "ultimate" I mean, besides from poker, and dreamscene --- has there been any downloads worth it?

I know it isn't going to happen but I can hope, right?
January 18, 2009 5:37:25 PM

Well, yes, it most probably won't be free.

But there is one question worth debating - how much should Windows Vista users pay for Windows 7 ?

From what I've heard and read, this situation is very similar to the Windows 98 and 98SE situation.

Windows 98SE was just a "minor" update to Win 98 (minor in comparisson to Win 95 -> Win 98.)

The 98SE upgrade wasn't free for 98 users, but it went on sale for a special price as an "add-on" /sort of like a paid service pack for Win 98 users.

That said, I think Microsoft should consider offering Windows 7 at a special discount to Windows Vista users.

In a time of crisis, the more they sell, the better. (to them lol) (and perhaps to us all, if indeed there is a special discount)
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January 20, 2009 6:35:35 PM

MS Tinker is fun... only available to Ultimate users. The main reason for Ultimate though is that some users want all the features of both Home and Business versions of Vista. The ONLY way to get all those features is to buy Ultimate. Whether that's a must-have for you or not... *shrug*. I know I wanted all the features of Home Premium, but I also needed some of the Business features... so I went with Ultimate.

A lot of other people complained about paying for features they don't use... so that's why MS has so many versions of Vista to begin with. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if they do the same thing with Win 7. You have to decide what version will be "worth it" for you.
January 20, 2009 7:13:38 PM

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You have to decide what version will be "worth it" for you.


Ultimate (or Pro in some cases) all the way! Should there be anything else? :) 
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January 20, 2009 7:55:49 PM

Personally, I think MSFT would be making move in the right direction if:

(1) (Win 7?) Server came in both Server (same functionality as now) and Workstation (stripper OS with management/security ties to 7 Server)flavors.

(2) Windows 7 Business edition (x86 and x64)

(3) Windows 7 Home/Media edition (x86 and x64)

(4) The "Ultimate" stuff gets moved to downloadable extras.
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