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Get Your Discounted Windows 7 Upgrade Now

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Upgrades, upgrades! Get your upgrades here!

Microsoft said that it would be offering discounted Windows 7 upgrades on June 26, and it hasn’t wasted any time. When the clock struck midnight, the Windows 7 preorder page was updated with a list of participating retailers.

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 will also be able to take part in the deal today. 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.

Supplies are limited, but stocks will supposedly be around the same number of Windows Vista licenses that were sold at retail in its first year of availability. That means that Microsoft is aiming to break the previous generation’s sales record before Windows 7 is even released.

So, are you in? 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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    hillarymakesmecry , June 26, 2009 11:25 AM
    "
    Be first. Save half.
    Please come back tomorrow (6/26) to pre-order Windows 7. You'll get it for at least half off and be one of the first to get it. Hurry, quantities are limited.*
    "
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    pirateboy , June 26, 2009 11:35 AM
    no thanks: I will be getting Windows 7 for free, which it should be in the first place. AARRR mateys!
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    fooldog01 , June 26, 2009 12:21 PM
    Just pre-ordered my copy and got cashback through Bing. Kind of ironic.
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    kewl munky , June 26, 2009 12:30 PM
    Right at midnight I went to amazon's page and pre-ordered home premium. I was really convinced I would probably pirate 7 being that it should have been a free upgrade for anyone who bought Vista anyway but oh well.
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    randomizer , June 26, 2009 12:33 PM
    No love for Aus?
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    chripuck , June 26, 2009 12:35 PM
    Kewl MunkyRight at midnight I went to amazon's page and pre-ordered home premium. I was really convinced I would probably pirate 7 being that it should have been a free upgrade for anyone who bought Vista anyway but oh well.

    Vista wasn't that bad, I used it from day 1 and it worked fine. A little quirky with UAC and file transfer speeds on a network, but other than that it was a perfectly good OS. Certainly wasn't bad enough to steal it.
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    chripuck , June 26, 2009 12:37 PM
    pirateboyno thanks: I will be getting Windows 7 for free, which it should be in the first place. AARRR mateys!

    Should be in the first place? Why would they waste the money developing it if they were going to give it away.
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    pirateboy , June 26, 2009 1:01 PM
    chripuckShould be in the first place? Why would they waste the money developing it if they were going to give it away.

    ever heard of Ubuntu?
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    leo2kp , June 26, 2009 1:39 PM
    I wonder how much OEM will cost?
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    jdw5155 , June 26, 2009 2:13 PM
    Aside from OEM, what will be the cost to upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to Professional (or Ultimate), and how would that be accomplished? Will the other versions of Windows 7 be on the installation disk to be enabled by the activation key?
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    sstym , June 26, 2009 2:15 PM
    pirateboyever heard of Ubuntu?


    Yeah. I hear it's perfect for Microsoft Office, Crysis, Fallout 3, Half-Life 2, Active Directory administration, and 99% of the available software on the market.
    oh wait.
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    adamovera , June 26, 2009 2:46 PM
    sstymYeah. I hear it's perfect for Microsoft Office, Crysis, Fallout 3, Half-Life 2, Active Directory administration, and 99% of the available software on the market.oh wait.


    Correction: 99% of retail software. Most of the Windows users I know have stripped their systems of MS/OEM bloatware and have it loaded with 3rd party freeware alternatives anyway. Not everybody has the ability to buy, or the need for a $10,000 PC. Which is about how much a system with all the industry-leading retail software titles (Photoshop, Office, CAD, games, etc), Windows, and the hardware will run you. Besides, I have 6 PCs and MS is out of their f@#$%'in minds if they think I'm going to drop $1,500-$2,000 on something as basic as operating systems. Taken on quality alone, Windows 7 is far better than Vista. However, the price is still completely insane. They're not going to stop any of the "mean" ads from Cupertino, Apple will just start hitting them on price and continue their digs on service. That, and it's really only a matter of time before malware is again an issue.

    But yeah, gaming is not too hot (to say the least) on Linux (or Mac for that matter), but consoles have become much more cost-effective than PC gaming, unfortunately.
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    chripuck , June 26, 2009 2:55 PM
    adamoveraCorrection: 99% of retail software. Most of the Windows users I know have stripped their systems of MS/OEM bloatware and have it loaded with 3rd party freeware alternatives anyway. Not everybody has the ability to buy, or the need for a $10,000 PC. Which is about how much a system with all the industry-leading retail software titles (Photoshop, Office, CAD, games, etc), Windows, and the hardware will run you. Besides, I have 6 PCs and MS is out of their f@#$%'in minds if they think I'm going to drop $1,500-$2,000 on something as basic as operating systems. Taken on quality alone, Windows 7 is far better than Vista. However, the price is still completely insane. They're not going to stop any of the "mean" ads from Cupertino, Apple will just start hitting them on price and continue their digs on service. That, and it's really only a matter of time before malware is again an issue.But yeah, gaming is not too hot (to say the least) on Linux (or Mac for that matter), but consoles have become much more cost-effective than PC gaming, unfortunately.

    I fully understand the various Linux options and I do quite like Ubuntu, but hardware compatability is the last thing I want to worry about when I go to install an OS on one of the 5 PC's in my home.

    I'm not knocking Linux, but it will never be mainstream because it requires too much effort to install and maintain compared even to Windows. Why do you think so many people are jumping on the ever lame Apple train... because "it just works." /sarcasm

    Seriously though, people don't want to come home and work on their computer, they want to enjoy it. I'm an IT guy and while what I consider enjoyment is work to most, it only pertains to my newest PC. The rest of the clunkers around the house I'd rather install and forget.
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    sunraycer , June 26, 2009 3:01 PM
    Can anyone comment on the differences between the Retail and the Upgrade versions. I read on Microsoft's website that the Upgrade version can do a clean install on a PC with no operating system. Which confuses me why I'd need the retail version (to swtich from linux or the like). Do they ask for your old key when you buy it, or does the upgrade version come without a key and you need to reuse your previous XP/Vista key?
    Thanks-
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    adamovera , June 26, 2009 3:13 PM
    chripuck:

    I'm not advocating that you don't go out and buy, use, and enjoy Windows on your brand spanking new gaming rig. ANY other Os on that type of system is nothing short of absurd. And I totally agree with your desire to keep the "rest of the old clunkers" installed and forgotten. But your reason for wanting Windows on them is the same as my reason for wanting Linux! :o 
    Linux, especially Ubuntu, will have no compatibility issues on older hardware and will probably run better than with Windows. Also, 2 of my 6 PCs are used by other members of the household, one of whom is not good with computers and happy with the fast boot time and no "scanning" for anything. The internet works just fine, that's all she cares about, so she's happy. The other is constantly trying to install random gaming software from anywhere a game is advertised, and doesn't run anti-anything suites. So, he got Ubuntu as well, to save my time. Don't worry, the hardware on his system could never play any new games anyway, and he got an XBox :) 
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    adamovera , June 26, 2009 3:16 PM
    sunraycerCan anyone comment on the differences between the Retail and the Upgrade versions. I read on Microsoft's website that the Upgrade version can do a clean install on a PC with no operating system. Which confuses me why I'd need the retail version (to swtich from linux or the like). Do they ask for your old key when you buy it, or does the upgrade version come without a key and you need to reuse your previous XP/Vista key?Thanks-


    It's probably going to ask or your old key to verify that you have a previous version of Windows. I'm pretty sure that the 7 installation will have it's own key, to verify which edition you paid for. If you're coming from Linux (or others), you'll need the full.
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    greliu , June 26, 2009 5:38 PM
    This may seem stupid, but will mircosoft offer an upgrade or discount price of win7 for users currently using the RC version of win7???
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    Core2uu , June 26, 2009 8:25 PM
    greliuThis may seem stupid, but will mircosoft offer an upgrade or discount price of win7 for users currently using the RC version of win7???


    Don't think so. You'll need a copy of either XP or Vista to upgrade.
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    st430 , June 26, 2009 8:45 PM
    want a win 7 ultimate discount path with reduce price!!!
    pay too mcuh for ultimate and all I needed was the remote desktop
    server function. the rest are junk.
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    teslaroadster , June 26, 2009 8:52 PM
    I called Microsoft and asked about upgrading from the RC because I am running Win7 RC, and don't have my old key. They said it will be able to do a clean install, or upgrade from Win 7 RC. It will include a 32 bit, and 64 bit OS.
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