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Microsoft Answers Our Windows 7 E Queries

Gordon Kelly


Microsoft Answers Our Windows 7 E Queries

So the news Microsoft was scrapping Windows 7 E seems to have brought universal approval, but while the browser 'ballot screen' is a great idea the move also left us with a number of questions. I put these to the company this week and here's what we've learnt.

How will the millions of users who have already pre-ordered Windows 7 E be affected by your decision?

While Microsoft will now have upgrade Full Packaged Product (FPP) SKUs of Windows 7 available in Europe, we will continue to honour the pricing offers made in Europe before this change is implemented. Users who have pre-ordered a full license to Windows 7 will be able to receive that license.

Will upgrade versions of Windows 7 {to move from Vista to Windows 7 without a complete reinstall} now be available in Europe?

Yes, we will have Full Packaged Product (FPP) upgrade in Europe now.

Do you know how the Windows 7 upgrade editions will be priced in Europe? Will they be available on 22 October with the main release?

"{We'll} let you know as soon as we hear."

Will the Windows 7 Family Pack edition now be available at launch given a 'SKU issue' was blamed for its European delay previously?

"We continue to ensure Windows 7 remains a compelling offer for customers. We are currently working through the implications of Friday's announcement and have no news to announce today."

Well we're a little clearer. I'll update this article once we get some more info. And yes, the Windows 7 pre-order site does still list E editions, it's just out of date.


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August 4, 2009, 8:17 pm

I pre-ordered 3 copies of Windows 7 Home Premium from Amazon at £45 each and would have certainly cancelled them if they were going to be upgrade copies.


August 4, 2009, 9:09 pm

I have been recession buggered... cant afford to buy any version of windows 7...


August 4, 2009, 9:09 pm

I'm planning to dual boot vista and windows 7. I believe you can access the vista partition from windows 7 therefore able to transfer/access files across to windows 7? However, can you later reformat/clear the vista partition and then continue to use Win 7?

Tony Walker

August 5, 2009, 12:43 am


If they are definitely on different primary partitions then it shouldn't be a problem.

Tony Walker

August 5, 2009, 12:48 am

Phew! Glad i pre-ordered two copies. Like Gormond I would've cancelled my order as an upgrade edition would've been useless for me - need the full one for this PC I'm typing on which has run the Beta and now the RC version since it was built in February.

I shudder to think how MS are now going to screw us on pricing.


August 5, 2009, 4:36 am

Now all they have to do is confirm that it is possible to upgrade from a beta or RC or RTM version of 7 to the final version.

I'm one of the many that went out and pre-ordered multiple copies of 7 at the incentive prices, looking to the Bay to sell afterwards. Todays news is rather good... :)


August 5, 2009, 6:22 am

@Greg - I doubt it, but I've posed the question :)

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