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Microsoft Announces Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade Options

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UPDATED: Microsoft Unveils Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade Options

First came the Windows 7 browser stripping, then the official pricing then the Family pack leaks then the pre-order records then the browser u-turn, then the free copies for Technical beta testers and now the upgrade costs. I'm exhausted already...

So let's just get them out the way.

Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium - £69.99

Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Professional - £119.99

Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Ultimate - £139.99

Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional - £119.99

Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate - £124.99

Windows 7 Professional to Windows 7 Ultimate - £84.99

Yes, buying a copy of Windows 7 starter then upgrading it to Windows 7 Ultimate is far more expensive than simply buying Windows 7 Ultimate in the first place (an extra £45), it's called idiot tax. Still, at least you have the option.

Where we don't yet have an option is the Windows 7 Family Pack ($149) which will allow users to install the same copy of Windows 7 Home Premium on three different PCs. Microsoft says issues with the Windows 7 E SKU mean it will not be ready until 2010. I don't entirely buy this excuse but the company does say it "is currently working on the best solutions for its UK consumers, and will be in touch if there are any further announcements on this topic."

Roll on 22 October.

Update: There's some confusion about the status of Windows 7 E at present. Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows quotes Microsoft now as saying:

"In the wake of last week's developments, as well as continuing feedback on Windows 7 E that we have received from computer manufacturers and other business partners, I'm pleased to report that we will ship the same version of Windows 7 in Europe in October that we will ship in the rest of the world.

One reason we decided not to ship Windows 7 'E' is concerns raised by computer manufacturers and partners. Several worried about the complexity of changing the version of Windows that we ship in Europe if our ballot screen proposal is ultimately accepted by the Commission and we stop selling Windows 7 'E'. Computer manufacturers and our partners also warned that introducing Windows 7 'E', only to later replace it with a version of Windows 7 that includes IE, could confuse consumers about what version of Windows to buy with their PCs."

By contrast Microsoft is still listing and taking orders for all Windows 7 E versions on its official UK site at http://www.microsoft.com/uk/windows/buy/offers/pre-order-ended.aspx. We'll be checking in with Microsoft today and seeing what's the what...

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Wilson

August 3, 2009, 6:03 am

Where we don't yet have an option is the Windows 7 Family Pack ($149) which will allow users to install the same copy of Windows 7 Home Premium on three different PCs. Microsoft says issues with the Windows 7 E SKU mean it will not be ready until 2010.





This is irrelevant - The E versions have been scrubbed!


http://community.winsupersite....

m memmory

August 3, 2009, 2:33 pm

And yet on the link at the bottom of the news story Microsoft are still taking orders for Windows 7 E ... so it's not like Microsoft are totally sure what's going on with it at the moment.

Stefan752

August 3, 2009, 5:25 pm

Do you have any idea how this will affect Pre-orders?


I only pre-ordered (and in fact bought) Windows 7 E with the understanding that it would end up being what is effectively a full version of Windows 7. Not an upgrade, but for the price of one.


If they're now scrapping W7 E, does that mean that all pre-orders will be turned into upgrades? or will they all just get cancelled?





Fingers crossed eh?

betelgeus

August 3, 2009, 5:50 pm

im amazed microsoft even bothers with us europeans ata all deeing as we hit them with stupid fines every couple of months

Gordon394

August 3, 2009, 5:55 pm

@Stefan - I'm sure all orders will simply be updated to full versions - if this is true. Upgrades would then go on sale separately. Frustratingly, we're still waiting for a Microsoft response to all this...

Wilson

August 3, 2009, 6:59 pm

@All


"As for those consumers in Europe who preordered the Windows 7 E Editions during the recent special promotion, Microsoft says they will get the Full versions of the product at Upgrade promotional prices, as promised. But it will be the normal version of Windows 7, not the previously planned Windows 7 E Editions."


- Microsoft vice president Dave Heiner





http://windowsitpro.com/articl...

Pbryanw

August 3, 2009, 7:29 pm

@Wilson - Excellent news. A case of Microsoft doing the right thing, instead of penalising its European customers.

Gordon394

August 3, 2009, 8:05 pm

@Wilson - excellent spot. I was in the process of writing this up when we spotted your comment in the admin engine! A full write-up is now live:


http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

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