QOTD: Is Win7 Anytime Upgrade a Good Idea?

Today we heard confirmation from Microsoft that it will be offering Anytime Upgrades at retail for consumers looking to move from one edition of Windows 7 to the next. (See this story for more on the box art mock ups.)

Although it will give retailers yet another SKU to deal with, offering an upgrade scheme at retail could potentially be a good thing for new PC buyers.

When Windows Vista released, some users were very disappointed (to the point of taking legal action) that not all PCs were able to take advantage of all the new features of Vista, such as the Aero interface. That won’t be a problem that Windows 7 will have to deal with, at least not on the hardware side.

On the software side, there still will still undoubtedly be some confusion as to what the differences are between all the various editions of Windows 7, but at least now a consumer (especially those who prefer to buy things tangibly) who isn’t happy with the lack of Aero on their netbook can go into the store and purchase a box that will enable it for him.

So, with that in mind, we want to know what you think.

The question of the day is: Do you think Windows 7 Anytime Upgrades at retail are a good idea?

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  • brad327
    My only problem with this is that it doesn't go far enough. If MS were to offer a barebones version of Windows for like 30 bucks, I would be thrilled. I'm talking about a version that has the basic OS, driver support, and IE. No themes, eyecandy (like Aero), none of the stuff that I can disable using Win 7's "disable these features list" (Media Player, etc.). Then give me a link to a store where I can buy these features as I need them one by one. It may not be realistic, but it's truly a get-what-you-pay-for system.

    I've heard a lot of people say it's terrible that MS is offering "crippled version" of Windows. If you're just doing email and Facebook, you have the option to buy a $30 CPU. Would you then complain that your CPU isn't on par with a Core i7?

    I also don't see a lot of people complaining that they purchased Design Standard, but greedy Adobe didn't give them all of the apps included in the Master Collection as well. Why is it so fun to hate on Microsoft?
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  • ricardok
    I still prefer a fully fledge version only, changes only for servers, and W7 should just give the user the choice to disable some features to improve speed.
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  • leafblower29
    I'm sure this will be easy to crack.
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  • B-Unit
    RicardoKI still prefer a fully fledge version only, changes only for servers, and W7 should just give the user the choice to disable some features to improve speed.

    Yea, that would be horrible if Grandma couldn't save $100 for stuff she'll never use. Better that she pay full price and just turn off what she doesn't need.
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