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 $81.95UPG WINDOWS ANYTIME/W7 HOME PREMIUM TO PROFESSIONAL UPGRADE Microsoft - Model 7KC-00040 $90.95UPG 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.
The same goes for Office. Office should only come in one flavour with all the apps and should be max $100.
heh....another guy who just wants to get something for nothing
Don't we all?
Upgrading to ultimate will be damned expensive.
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.