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Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade Prices Leaked

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 26 comments

We saw earlier today more evidence that Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack, which should include three licenses, is real and could cost just $20 to $30 more than the Home Premium Upgrade with just one license.

Another piece of unofficial information dug up is possible pricing for the Anytime Upgrade retail SKUs. Ed Bott included in his recent ZDNet blog findings at online retailers who listed prices for several different Anything Upgrade packages, particularly those relating to Home Premium. The following come from Expercom, but has since removed the listings from its site.

UPG WINDOWS ANYTIME/W7 STARTER TO HOME PREMIUM UPGRADE
Microsoft - Model 4WC-00040 $81.95

UPG WINDOWS ANYTIME/W7 HOME PREMIUM TO PROFESSIONAL UPGRADE
Microsoft - Model 7KC-00040 $90.95

UPG WINDOWS ANYTIME/W7 HOME PRE TO ULTIMATE UPGRADE
Microsoft - Model 39C-00040 $137.95

There were other retailers that listed similar prices within $10 of the above.

Just like the Family Pack news from earlier today, all the prices are unofficial. What we can bank on, though, is that the Anytime Upgrade retail SKUs are real (we've even seen box shots), so it's only a matter of time before we learn more.

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    jsloan , July 10, 2009 5:15 PM
    too high! what about $25, $25, $25 and a handwritten apology by bill gates never to release another product like bob.
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    Spanky Deluxe , July 10, 2009 5:22 PM
    I'm so confused by the zillion editions now. It just makes no sense whatsoever. There should only be two versions, Windows 7 and Windows 7 Server (multiple server versions differing only in max number of clients allowed is ok though). Upgrade versions for both too. That should be it. It should also be priced at about a maximum of $150.
    The same goes for Office. Office should only come in one flavour with all the apps and should be max $100.
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    IzzyCraft , July 10, 2009 5:35 PM
    There hasn't been just 2 eidtions of windows for a long time =p even the fan boy lovers xp came in many flavors of the month. Although granted is was less.
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    duckmanx88 , July 10, 2009 5:41 PM
    im confused about all these upgrades and editions. if i want a copy of windows 7 that will erase my harddrive and give me a clean fresh start what should i buy. right now i have xp media center thats been upgraded to vista home premium. i want a version. that'll let me reformat w/o requiring me to install the previous OS's to install it.
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    captaincharisma , July 10, 2009 5:50 PM
    jsloantoo high! what about $25, $25, $25 and a handwritten apology by bill gates never to release another product like bob.


    heh....another guy who just wants to get something for nothing
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    anamaniac , July 10, 2009 6:10 PM
    captaincharismaheh....another guy who just wants to get something for nothing


    Don't we all?
    Upgrading to ultimate will be damned expensive.
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    FlayerSlayer , July 10, 2009 6:13 PM
    So it will definitely be more money to buy low and upgrade than to just start off at the higher level. While I suppose that's fair, it will leave a bad taste in consumer's mouths when they have to ask if the features warrant the price. Moving from Starter Edition to a real version might be, but Ultimate doesn't have enough benefit over Home Premium to justify $140 for most people, since they already have Win7 at that point.
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    Anonymous , July 10, 2009 6:17 PM
    @duckmanx88: you can do a fresh install with an upgrade. All it will do is ask you to insert the CD for the version you're upgrading from during the install.
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    captaincharisma , July 10, 2009 6:24 PM
    who needs ultimate? home premium should be enough and if not get the business edition.
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    pooflinger1 , July 10, 2009 6:28 PM
    duckmanx88im confused about all these upgrades and editions. if i want a copy of windows 7 that will erase my harddrive and give me a clean fresh start what should i buy. right now i have xp media center thats been upgraded to vista home premium. i want a version. that'll let me reformat w/o requiring me to install the previous OS's to install it.


    Get the upgrade version you want. Boot your existing windows up. Insert CD. Click Upgrade. You system will reboot, and you will come to a screen with two options, Upgrade and Custom. Select Custom. Then format your drive, and boom, you have a clean install. Vista and 7 do not ask for a previous version disk like XP did. They verify that when you go to activate, not before you install. You can also do the same with a full version, but why pay more.

    @FlayerSlayer... The anytime upgrade is intended for people to buy one version then upgrade to a higher one. It is intended for those who buy a PC that already has windows 7 installed and need a higher version. Take for example notebooks. Most will come with Home Premium. Say you find one that has exactly the hardware you want, with HomeP, but you need Pro to connect to a domain at work. Instead of paying the full Upgrade Price for Pro ($199), you can pay 1/2 that since Home P is already on the machine. This is usually the cheaper route since most manufacturers charge a premium to custom build a machine or you are stuck with the hardware they specify for that edition.
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    Wayoffbase , July 10, 2009 7:09 PM
    jsloantoo high! what about $25, $25, $25 and a handwritten apology by bill gates never to release another product like bob.

    spanky deluxeI'm so confused by the zillion editions now. It just makes no sense whatsoever. There should only be two versions, Windows 7 and Windows 7 Server (multiple server versions differing only in max number of clients allowed is ok though). Upgrade versions for both too. That should be it. It should also be priced at about a maximum of $150.The same goes for Office. Office should only come in one flavour with all the apps and should be max $100.


    Hey heres an idea, why don't the two of you get together and start your own software company. After all, writing an OS is so cheap and easy, MS is obviously just full of retards.
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    piasabird , July 10, 2009 7:18 PM
    So is the upgrade more expensive than the OEM price? By the way what is the OEM Price and what price is Dell and the other big OEM's paying for their OEM Copies.

    Of course if you purchase a new computer today you can get a free upgrade. The cost of that could pay for half the price of a low-end Computer (Give us a break!). I figure Home Premium, which is actually the lowest option you can get; so why do they call it premium?, should cost around $99 - $120 or so for OEM. Actually compared to how much the price of soda has gone up, this is probably a good deal with the weak dollar. All I have to do is convince my boss to give me a raise.
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    rapperyz , July 10, 2009 7:20 PM
    Every Edition has its own purpose...for non-techy people go for Home, for somewhat like biz-minded people go for Business, for IT pros gor Ultimate...that's why every Edition has its added features.

    If u don't understand some added features for the business or ultimate edition then don't buy it, it's that simple... When you look and Buy OS Editions make sure you look at its features and if thats good enough then buy it...Don't buy ultimate if you don't really need the added features... Cmon people, common sense please?
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    Anonymous , July 10, 2009 7:49 PM
    Microsoft can release any number of editions as far as I'm concerned. I'd buy an OEM Home Basic or a Starter myself. Indeed, if Starter allows for a solid black background as opposed to the default win7 background (as it supposedly won't allow changing to another backdrop entirely).

    I'd even pay _more_ for it that I would for Basic/Premium/Professional/Ultimate as it contains less redundant services and resource hogs.

    The only thing that bothers me is that you get no options on installation, is it too much to ask for advanced options that would allow you to leave out specific services and tools?

    I guess it is, though win7 at least make a - very minor - step in the right direction.
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    sikandar , July 10, 2009 9:03 PM
    Is it possible to upgrade to a Windows7 64bit if what I have currently installed is Windows Vista 32bit? Or, would I have to buy win7 64 bit seperately for that?
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    sikandar , July 10, 2009 9:07 PM
    Bah nevermind, found a thread on that topic on the forum >_>
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    reconspartan , July 10, 2009 9:27 PM
    Think anytime upgrades will work on the RC?
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    duckmanx88 , July 10, 2009 9:46 PM
    pooflinger1Get the upgrade version you want. Boot your existing windows up. Insert CD. Click Upgrade. You system will reboot, and you will come to a screen with two options, Upgrade and Custom. Select Custom. Then format your drive, and boom, you have a clean install. Vista and 7 do not ask for a previous version disk like XP did. They verify that when you go to activate, not before you install. You can also do the same with a full version, but why pay more.


    awesome ty so much! guess i'll preorder 7 than. i can only get home premium than right?
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    Spanky Deluxe , July 10, 2009 10:45 PM
    WayoffbaseHey heres an idea, why don't the two of you get together and start your own software company. After all, writing an OS is so cheap and easy, MS is obviously just full of retards.


    Other OS writers don't seem to have the problem Microsoft does. I'd mention one but I'll get flamed in an instant. Yes, Microsoft has to support a lot more hardware profiles than the one I'd mention but then that shouldn't be a problem since they sell so many more copies and thus make much bigger profits and so can spend more on R&D to support all those hardware profiles.
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    rapperyz , July 11, 2009 12:45 AM
    Ah what the heck, just wait for the ULTIMATE VALID-FREE PIRATE VERSION...hehehe... download from major file hosts like rapidshare, megaupload, filefactory, zshare, etc... and the peer sharing ToRReNt!~
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