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Windows 7 Anytime Upgrades to be Sold at Retail?

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Anytime Upgrade to come boxed? Maybe.

Earlier on we got to see some rather attractive (real or not) retail box shots for Windows 7, but more interesting than what the boxes look like are the mock ups for “upgrade” packages. Could Microsoft package upgrades from one Windows 7 tier to the next for retail sale?

Something like that could make sense for netbook users who find that the three-app limit of Starter Edition is too limiting. In fact, there is a specific upgrade box that’s meant specifically for users moving from Starter Edition to Home Premium – the SKU that Microsoft anticipates to be the most popular amongst all Windows 7 installs.

If the box shots hold any truth to them, Windows 7 Basic users will also be able to purchase an upgrade to Home Premium. There’s also a box to move from Home Premium to Professional, and another to go from Home Premium to Ultimate.

Such “Upgrade Passes,” as the box term them, would likely contain just an upgrade serial key rather than the physical media of the full versions. We also don’t imagine there to be many people looking to upgrade their Home Premium installations, but having a convenient package to pickup alongside a netbook to go from Starter Edition to Home Premium seems to make a lot of sense. Pictures come courtesy of CentrumXP.pl.

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    paranoidmage , May 13, 2009 1:26 AM
    Why would you sell such a big box if all it includes is a serial?
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    alvine , May 12, 2009 11:26 PM
    i wonder how much would be the upgrade from vista home premium to windows 7 home premium
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    ag3nt smith , May 12, 2009 11:30 PM
    alvinei wonder how much would be the upgrade from vista home premium to windows 7 home premium


    Probably 50-150 USD
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    jeraldjunkmail , May 12, 2009 11:32 PM
    Just seems like more ways for the pirates to hack windows (again)...
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    Ogdin , May 13, 2009 12:22 AM
    So far i see no need to upgrade from vista home premium to windows 7,its the same beast with a new shade of lipstick.
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    enforcer22 , May 13, 2009 12:37 AM
    OgdinSo far i see no need to upgrade from vista home premium to windows 7,its the same beast with a new shade of lipstick.


    95 to 98 - 98 to XP - XP to Vista - Now Vista to win7 XD Though alot of the new versions of most sofware i use are simply that its just funny i cant wait to read all the ill stick with xp vista instead of using 7 D:
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    B-Unit , May 13, 2009 1:12 AM
    OgdinSo far i see no need to upgrade from vista home premium to windows 7,its the same beast with a new shade of lipstick.


    Maybe so but when the old shade of lipstick is sh*t green and the new is racecar red, I think its worth it.
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    paranoidmage , May 13, 2009 1:26 AM
    Why would you sell such a big box if all it includes is a serial?
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    RiotSniperX , May 13, 2009 1:46 AM
    OgdinSo far i see no need to upgrade from vista home premium to windows 7,its the same beast with a new shade of lipstick.


    Get over yourself and your hate for vista/7.
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    mrfisthand , May 13, 2009 1:49 AM
    paranoidmageWhy would you sell such a big box if all it includes is a serial?


    How many people even buy boxed software anymore? Why is it always in such a large box when it's just a DVD and a manual? Because computers hate the earth! Haven't you seen Terminator?

    PS - This article title is misleading, I thought they were planning to sell upgrades to the OS itself.
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    Tindytim , May 13, 2009 2:41 AM
    mrfisthandHow many people even buy boxed software anymore?

    I do, I don't buy anything Digitally that I can buy physically. I think it's rather silly to, especially since I reformat, upgrade, and experiment often. So it's a hassle to have to keep track of executables and serials in some folder I keep, when I can put a nice box with some nice art up on my shelf, and have a guarantee that I'll have my software/music/video when I need it.
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    touchdowntexas13 , May 13, 2009 3:01 AM
    My question would be when university campus computer stores will start selling these upgrades at an educationally discounted price ($30 here) :) 
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    eklipz330 , May 13, 2009 3:14 AM
    another set of upgrade packages.

    should make the buying process all the more confusing, thus sending the simple minded towards mac
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    touchdowntexas13 , May 13, 2009 3:27 AM
    eklipz330another set of upgrade packages.should make the buying process all the more confusing, thus sending the simple minded towards mac


    true, but i thought having a more options was something that was also positive about pc's :) 
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    cletus_slackjawd , May 13, 2009 3:51 AM
    Honestly, the only Windows 7 news of any relevance to me anymore is how much money will they charge to upgrade from Vista Home Premium.

    I would pay no more than 89.00 to upgrade. Anymore more than that and forget it. I don't really need it anyways.
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    IzzyCraft , May 13, 2009 4:16 AM
    Sweet empty boxes!
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    DXRick , May 13, 2009 4:16 AM
    I wonder if there's no software, because all it really does is just unlock features that are already present in the OS. Maybe it just toggles some bit in the kernel to enable more than 3 apps to run.

    If that's the case, someone will figure out how to hack it anyway. :p 
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    Anonymous , May 13, 2009 4:33 AM
    Where do I buy the upgrade ticket to go from Windows to Linux?
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    Ogdin , May 13, 2009 4:44 AM
    RiotSniperXGet over yourself and your hate for vista/7.

    Get over my hate lol? I'm using vista now on all my machines and its the most stable windows os i've ever ran.I'm also running the win7 rc on my main computer and so far its been problem free. I have no complaints with 7 so far but like i said,i see no reason to jump from Vista to 7,its only minor tweaks to the vista core. But i guess these comment spots are better served by your informative posts.
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    Anonymous , May 13, 2009 5:22 AM
    With all the tech. that they have, they haven't figure out how to pack them in environmental friendly way. If the box only contains serial and manual, why do you need the box? What a waste......
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    Marcus Yam , May 13, 2009 11:15 AM
    mrfisthandPS - This article title is misleading, I thought they were planning to sell upgrades to the OS itself.

    How is this title misleading? The subject here is that Microsoft might actually sell you an upgrade key to go from one version of Windows 7 to another. This is what I would call "planning to sell upgrades to the OS itself."
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