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More Windows 7 Upgrade Coupon Details

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More details have leaked in regards to upgrade coupons for Windows 7.

While Microsoft has not officially announced the details surrounding its Windows Upgrade Option program, several PC vendors and sellers have recently spilled the beans in regards to individual plans. Of course, offers will vary by reseller and vendor, however three Taiwanese PC makers of late came forth and said that they will provide a free Windows 7 upgrade coupon for anyone who purchases a new laptop or desktop with Vista Home Premium, Vista Ultimate, or Vista Business pre-installed. Best Buy outlines a similar program in an internal memo leaked last week, however it's free upgrade plan was listed to expire after October 22.

According to PCWorld, customers who obtain the "golden ticket" will have access to download information printed on the coupon. Once the new operating system goes retail this Fall, the new owners will be able to download Windows 7 directly from a special Microsoft website; the company will also send a hard disk copy to the owner via mail. Each coupon will reportedly set vendors back between $9 and $15 per PC, according to Taiwanese executives.

Although Windows 7 doesn't officially hit the market until October 22, the program--set to kick off on June 26-- is to stimulate potential customers into purchasing a new PC before the Windows 7 launch. The upgrade coupons will supposedly expire after January 31, 2010, more than three months after Best Buy's unannounced plan. Many businesses fear that PC sales will drop over the summer due to potential customers waiting for the release of Windows 7, hence the creation of special upgrade offers.

But not every vendor is gung-ho over the upgrade program. In fact, one Taiwanese executive expressed his concern that the program will actually hurt the sales of netbooks, as these smaller, cheaper devices come pre-loaded with Windows XP, not Vista. Unfortunately, consumers purchasing a new netbook with Windows XP will not be offered an upgrade coupon.

Although no specifics have been released, currently many companies will offer Windows 7 upgrade programs including Hewlett_Packard, Acer, Asustek Computer, Gigabyte, and more. However, Tsinghua Tongfang, a Chinese PC maker, has declined to participate in the upgrade program, as its machines featuring eligible version of Vista are extremely limited.

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    efeat , June 15, 2009 10:07 PM
    wasteoftimeDoes anyone proofread the articles they post anymore? Every time I read the comments on an article now there's some guy whining about all the people who are correcting spelling and grammar. Who cares? I understand what all those people are trying to say, is it really that bad to expect everyone that makes tech updates to do actually proofread the things they post so that people won't be able to point out their mistakes?


    The temptation was too much to resist.
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    Anonymous , June 15, 2009 9:17 PM
    Who is busy buy. Any editors still with Toms?
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    keplenk , June 15, 2009 9:27 PM
    busy buy!
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    anamaniac , June 15, 2009 9:27 PM
    Just use my unused Vista and see if any place sells a upgrade option...
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    brother shrike , June 15, 2009 9:31 PM
    Quote:
    it's free upgrade plan was listed to expire after October 22.

    editing is key...
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    burnley14 , June 15, 2009 9:42 PM
    Does anyone read articles for content anymore?
    Every time I read articles now the first 10 posts are know-it-alls correcting spelling and grammar. Who cares? I understood what the article is supposed to say, is it really that important to make sure every small tech update is grammatically flawless?
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    wasteoftime , June 15, 2009 9:55 PM
    burnley14Does anyone read articles for content anymore? Every time I read articles now the first 10 posts are know-it-alls correcting spelling and grammar. Who cares? I understood what the article is supposed to say, is it really that important to make sure every small tech update is grammatically flawless?


    Does anyone proofread the articles they post anymore? Every time I read the comments on an article now there's some guy whining about all the people who are correcting spelling and grammar. Who cares? I understand what all those people are trying to say, is it really that bad to expect everyone that makes tech updates to do actually proofread the things they post so that people won't be able to point out their mistakes?
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    efeat , June 15, 2009 10:07 PM
    wasteoftimeDoes anyone proofread the articles they post anymore? Every time I read the comments on an article now there's some guy whining about all the people who are correcting spelling and grammar. Who cares? I understand what all those people are trying to say, is it really that bad to expect everyone that makes tech updates to do actually proofread the things they post so that people won't be able to point out their mistakes?


    The temptation was too much to resist.
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    ta152h , June 15, 2009 10:31 PM
    What's a hard disk copy? Did you mean a Compact Disc?
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    Judguh , June 15, 2009 10:33 PM
    Idk, when I read an article on a bigger site like this, I'd expect the people writing the articles to know as much as english writing skills as they do computer skills.
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    ct1615 , June 15, 2009 11:05 PM
    busy buy must be the chinese knock off of best buy.....
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    JustinHD81 , June 15, 2009 11:27 PM
    Actually Best Buy is the name they use in China
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    Platypus , June 15, 2009 11:30 PM
    burnley14Does anyone read articles for content anymore? Every time I read articles now the first 10 posts are know-it-alls correcting spelling and grammar. Who cares? I understood what the article is supposed to say, is it really that important to make sure every small tech update is grammatically flawless?

    A lot of readers care about grammar and spelling because for every error in an article, it forces the reader to do a double-take, which wastes time. Sometimes we have to reread the sentence, go back a few times, sound it out, and decipher the meaning in order to figure out what the writer meant to say. Instead of reading an article, we have now begun working with heiroglyphics.

    Over time this gets really frustrating, which is when you'll see comments pointing these mistakes out. Deep down, we're hoping the writer will learn and not make the same mistake twice, which ultimately cuts down on how long it will take us to read his next article.
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    WINTERLORD , June 16, 2009 12:28 AM
    I hope tom can answer this very important qestion for potential buyers.

    Tom, do you happen to know what version of windows 7 upgrade they will offer through there free program if you buy a laptop over the summer?

    i understand there will be a couple versions of windows 7. and the offer would not be worth it if they just upgraded you to a basic windows 7.

    so my question is if i get a laptop with vista home premium over the summer. will i get a free upgrade to Windows 7 Premium?

    god i sure hope so. if so i mjay indeed buy a new laptop

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    randomizer , June 16, 2009 2:19 AM
    efeatThe temptation was too much to resist.

    Muphry's Law strikes.

    PlatypusA lot of readers care about grammar and spelling because for every error in an article, it forces the reader to do a double-take, which wastes time. Sometimes we have to reread the sentence, go back a few times, sound it out, and decipher the meaning in order to figure out what the writer meant to say.

    Then you haven't been trained to read very well. I can read an article full of minor errors without picking up any of them. Of course I can't do that with show stoppers but its vs it's is not one of them.
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    phludens , June 16, 2009 2:41 AM
    Brother Shrikeediting is key

    it's free upgrade plan was listed to expire after October 22....
    .... I believe that this would be correct as it is possessive.
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    cabose369 , June 16, 2009 3:09 AM
    HP will be offering free upgrades to Windows 7 on any computer with Vista Home Premium or higher (not XP) after June 25.
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    danimal_the_animal , June 16, 2009 4:19 AM
    burnley14Does anyone read articles for content anymore? Every time I read articles now the first 10 posts are know-it-alls correcting spelling and grammar. Who cares? I understood what the article is supposed to say, is it really that important to make sure every small tech update is grammatically flawless?


    Just use firefox...It will catch every spelling error you make!!!!
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    davekozy , June 16, 2009 4:54 AM
    ta152hWhat's a hard disk copy? Did you mean a Compact Disc?

    You get a free hard drive with the Windows 7 upgrade. Busy Buy sure is feeling generous. Must be all the extra money since Circuit City tanked.
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    ossie , June 16, 2009 7:07 AM
    JudguhIdk, when I read an article on a bigger site like this, I'd expect the people writing the articles to know as much as english writing skills as they do computer skills.

    They seem to be somewhat related. TH is lately getting famous for no technical or grammar skills at all, except promoting marketing droid BS for money.
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    leafblower29 , June 16, 2009 8:31 AM
    davekozyYou get a free hard drive with the Windows 7 upgrade. Busy Buy sure is feeling generous. Must be all the extra money since Circuit City tanked.


    OMG that is the funniest comment ever.
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