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Windows 7 Anytime Upgrades to be Sold at Retail?

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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  • alvine
    i wonder how much would be the upgrade from vista home premium to windows 7 home premium
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  • ag3nt smith
    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
    Just seems like more ways for the pirates to hack windows (again)...
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  • Ogdin
    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
    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
    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
    Why would you sell such a big box if all it includes is a serial?
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  • RiotSniperX
    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
    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
    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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