Microsoft chose the last solution, and it's actually a pretty good one, for both Microsoft and consumers. Windows 7 E editions will be sold only in full versions: The good news is that the full versions will be available at the upgrade price, though if history is any indication, they'll likely still be higher than the US upgrade prices shown above. Microsoft announced two weeks ago that it was shipping Windows 7 in Europe without Internet Explorer 8 installed in response to the EU's antitrust investigation of its browser with Windows.
Preorder Windows 7 cheaply In select markets, Microsoft is offering its customers the ability to preorder Windows 7 upgrade versions at a significantly reduced price. This is easily the most aggressive pricing Microsoft has ever offered for Windows. The low preorder price will vary per country: Microsoft was not willing to discuss the limits of the supplies, but a spokesperson did confirm to Ars that the reduced prices for the European countries will simply apply to the full version as noted above , as upgrade versions will not exist in Europe.
In short, these preorders will allow those in the UK, Germany, and France to purchase full versions of Home Premium or Professional, except without IE8, for a very low price. Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program Waiting to buy a PC until Windows 7 is released can be frustrating especially given the upcoming back-to-school season , so Microsoft is making an upgrade offer similar to what it did for consumers buying XP but who wanted to secure a copy Vista: If the June 26 date sounds familiar, that's because it was rumored earlier this month via a leaked Best Buy memo contra the rumor pointing to July 1 being the date.
Microsoft will be offering the program globally until January 31, but OEMs can cut it off early if they choose to. For example, if you purchase a computer with Windows Vista Home Premium on it, once it is available, you will get a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium to upgrade to. Further details will be available soon at windows. Ybarra told Ars that Microsoft would not charge consumers for Windows 7 if they purchased a Vista PC between tomorrow and the day of general availability.
He did admit, however, that OEMs can choose the price of the upgrade, possibly charging for shipping and handling fees. Furthermore, it will be up to OEMs to decide which computers the upgrade offer will be available on, so it's unlikely that low-end computers like netbooks or PCs on sale will have this offer. Windows 7 in your language Microsoft is promising that all major OEMs will have PCs with Windows 7 shipping in all language versions beginning on the day of general availability, October 22, However, the same cannot be said for the Windows 7 retail versions.
On October 22, they will be available in 14 languages: On October 31, the remaining 21 languages will become available: This wait of just over one week is a big improvement over Windows Vista's launch: This theme of "better than Vista" that we're seeing with Windows 7 is apparent in today's announcement as well: However, whether "better than Vista" will be good enough for consumers to switch away from their current operating system is up to the market to decide.
For this article we are upgrading Vista Home Premium bit to Windows 7 Home Premium bit Before the Upgrade Before starting the upgrade process there are a few things you need to do. Make sure all of the hardware that you normally run is connected to the computer before running it so everything is checked. Compatibility Center Go to Windows 7 Compatibility Center to find out what hardware and software Windows 7 currently supports. The site also allows you to browse or search for software that is officially supported.
Backup Data Backup all of your most important files, folders, and other data. Hopefully you have complete backups of your data already. If you already ran Upgrade Advisor, just ignore Check compatibility online because all it will do it point you to Upgrade Advisor anyway. After you click Install now you will see the following message.
Wait while the latest upgrades are found. Agree to the software license terms. At the type of installation screen, select Upgrade and not Custom. The upgrade process begins… There will be about three or four reboots while the process completes.
After each reboot you should see different tasks on the list showing they have completed.
However, Microsoft has not touched the pricing for the Professional edition previously called the Business edition. This might be attributed to the fact that in Windows 7, every edition is a superset of the previous one. That means that unlike Windows Vista Business, Windows 7 Professional will contain all the features that the Home Premium edition has, and thus Microsoft cannot justify a price drop. Upgrading from XP or Vista with a retail copy While these price changes are positive for consumers none of the products has increased in price , they are rather disappointing for those hoping for much more aggressive price slashes given the current economic climate. Thankfully, retail pricing is typically used as a starting point; most users will not be buying retail versions anyway.