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July 11, Last Day for Discounted Win 7 Upgrade

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Psst... wanna get Windows 7 on the cheap? Check inside...

Are you set on upgrading to Windows 7 when it releases October 22, 2009? Then this could be your last chance to get your hands on an upgrade copy or Windows 7 Home Premium or Ultimate for less than half price.

Last month, when Microsoft announced retail pricing for Windows 7, it also rolled out a pre-order program that offered a significant discount. The special offer from Microsoft prices the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade at $49.99 – a huge savings from the usual price of $119.99. Those looking for the Professional version can get for half price at $99.99 as part of the deal.

Those in Canada and Japan were also be able to take part in the deal. Canadians can pay $64.99 for the Home Premium Upgrade and $124.99 for the Professional Upgrade. Those in Japan can get the Home Premium Upgrade for 7,777 Yen, while the Professional Upgrade will run 14,777 Yen.

Europeans will get their chance to preorder at a discounted price on July 15, but they’ll have perform clean installs thanks to the deal with IE8 and the EU.

Microsoft said that quantities would be limited, and only said that it'd be limited to around the same number of Windows Vista licenses sold at retail in its first year. That means that Microsoft is aiming to break the previous generation’s sales record before Windows 7 is even released.

So, are you in? Hit up Microsoft's pre-order and retail partner page here.

Also, check out the full pricing details and let us know if you think that the prices for Windows 7 are fair.

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    hellwig , July 10, 2009 7:42 PM
    I was very dissapointed in the lack of details about the upgrading procedure. For one thing, no-where on the pre-order site could I find what OS's you are allowed to upgrade from. I assume XP Home and Vista Home upgrade to Win 7 Home, and XP Pro and Vista Business upgrade to Win 7 Pro, but they never said anything definitive.

    Also, will I need a CD key, official media, etc.. to actually perform the upgrade? I have an old XP Pro CD for my own computer, by my fiance's XP Home is an OEM version, and I don't have a Microsoft-branded CD.

    Of course, since Win 7 copys everything, and what you can run is based on the product key you enter, maybe its doesn't matter, but it would have been nice to know in advance.
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    andune , July 10, 2009 8:02 PM
    Any official word on whether the upgrade offer works with OEM Vista keys, or is it retail only?
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    legierk , July 10, 2009 8:04 PM
    You can do a clean install. I ordered mine from Newegg already. Check out Paul Thurrott's site to learn how to do the clean install. (He's 90% sure it will work like in Vista). Anyhow, $50 to get a licensed copy? I'm in...just wish I would have waited and got the 3 pack family upgrade....even better deal.
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    Anonymous , July 10, 2009 8:05 PM
    So only had it up for 2 weeks? Supplies? What about the family packs we have been hearing about? No family option for pre-order? So this is them TRYING to make people angry? I'm now full prepared to pirate Windows 7
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    lifelesspoet , July 10, 2009 8:06 PM
    This is a very tempting offer, windows 7 is one of microsoft's finest products to date and this price is very much within the realm of reason. While linux is my primary os of choice, I will consider this product for running games and other programs.
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    lukeiamyourfather , July 10, 2009 8:08 PM
    legierkYou can do a clean install. I ordered mine from Newegg already. Check out Paul Thurrott's site to learn how to do the clean install. (He's 90% sure it will work like in Vista). Anyhow, $50 to get a licensed copy? I'm in...just wish I would have waited and got the 3 pack family upgrade....even better deal.


    You didn't really miss anything on the family pack if it goes the way some are saying. At $150-ish for a Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade pack good for three machines that's $50 each. Only you didn't have to buy three to get the deal.
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    coopchennick , July 10, 2009 8:37 PM
    TeejSo only had it up for 2 weeks? Supplies? What about the family packs we have been hearing about? No family option for pre-order? So this is them TRYING to make people angry? I'm now full prepared to pirate Windows 7

    Actually this is Microsoft trying to be nice. For a limited time, they are offering preorders for a large discount. If this pisses you off, you are free to wait and pay the regular price at release.
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    Anonymous , July 10, 2009 10:16 PM
    Doesn't this just upgrade your windows 7 starter edition when you get it? Or will it upgrade my XP to 7??
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    rigaudio , July 10, 2009 10:30 PM
    You can upgrade from any XP or Vista version to whatever W7 version you want.
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    dingumf , July 10, 2009 10:36 PM
    What happens to my old Vista?
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    Anonymous , July 10, 2009 11:25 PM
    I read recently that a person called Microsoft and asked about the upgrade with clean install. He said the MS told him that he would have to insert the CD/DVD in for it to work. So it is like the old 98 days.

    It could be wrong but I believe it. Not sure about product keys only but as long as you have the CD of the original it should work in full, clean install and all.

    One thing I am not sure about is what bit I will get? When I bought the upgrade, it did not let me choose between the two.
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    Anonymous , July 11, 2009 12:06 AM
    It's pretty crappy that MS have forgotten most of the southern hemisphere with their pre order policy.

    Being an Aussie I'd quite happily pay 50 USD for an upgrade. Instead I am going to have to pay the exhoprbitant upgrade price of 200 AUD which I wont do.

    I don't see how MS are serious about helping to reduce piracy in the AsiaPac region when they wont offer the pre order price globally!
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    Maxor127 , July 11, 2009 12:46 AM
    I'll pass. Too little details and conflicting information.
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    invisik , July 11, 2009 1:02 AM
    I honestly don't see a point in upgrading if you already have vista. Vista is going to support DX11. Sure W7 is going to look awesome and perform faster but I don't see the point of wasting money. Rather buy more ram or fans to oc more. Just my opinion.
    =]
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    randomizer , July 11, 2009 2:00 AM
    There is a WEALTH of information about upgrade paths if you people just used your favourite search engine.
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    Core2uu , July 11, 2009 2:06 AM
    Marcus YamThen this could be your last chance to get your hands on an upgrade copy or Windows 7 Home Premium or Ultimate for less than half price.


    I believe that is supposed to be Professional instead of Ultimate.
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    Anonymous , July 11, 2009 8:11 AM
    Would have been nice to have this in Australia. Looks like I'll be sticking with Vista.
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    stratosrally , July 11, 2009 6:14 PM
    After I attempted to follow the reduced-price link at 12:45PM Central Time on July 11:

    Looking for information about the Windows 7 Pre-Order Offer? The reduced-price offer has ended. But you can still be one of the first to get Windows 7. Just pre-order it from the Microsoft Store.

    Nicely done, Microsoft! (sarcasm...) Could they have already run out of their "limited quantities"?

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    jimmysmitty , July 12, 2009 4:11 AM
    Actually I just went and its not giving the pre order prices anymore. I guess the last day was the 10th and then the 11th it was no more.

    Kinda sucks since I wanted the upgrade but not sure if I will spend the $120 now.
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    BallistaMan , July 12, 2009 4:54 AM
    Haha just barely got in. I was going to order off of Newegg, but I was 26 minutes after the price went up (very annoying). Then I realized that Amazon is on the West coast and that it still wasn't midnight over there. Hurried over - sure enough the price was still good - and promptly ordered.

    Moral of the story: Procrastinating too far is a bad thing (notice the emphasis there :p ), but if you do, remember to check the time zone.
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