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Windows 7 Goes On Pre-Sale In UK

Gordon Kelly


Windows 7 Goes On Pre-Sale In UK

So we're off...

Today at 12.01am Microsoft's next generation operating system, Windows 7, goes on sale in the UK at discount prices. In the company's own words however: "you'll have to be quick as prices are low, stocks are limited and it is first come first served!"

Microsoft hasn't quantified "stocks are limited" at this stage but, stock allowing, the offer will run from 15 July to 9 August and given you'll now find Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional available for £49.99 and £99.99 expect there to be a great deal of interest. At this stage there remains no sign of the triple licence Windows 7 Family Pack option recently outted in the US so bear in mind these editions cover a single computer only.

Also worth remembering is Microsoft's ongoing battle with the European Union has seen it strip Internet Explorer 8 from all EU versions, cancel upgrade editions and disable the ability for full versions to upgrade from any previous flavour of Windows (2000, XP, Vista, 7 Beta or 7 RC). Instead all users will need to perform fresh installs. All EU versions will be tagged with the letter 'E' to signal this, ie: Windows 7 E Home Premium, Windows 7 E Professional, etc.

Microsoft has also named participating stores during the discount period as Amazon.co.uk, Argos, Comet, Currys, Dixons, Ebuyer.com, John Lewis, Littlewoods, Micro Anvika, PC World, Play.com, Staples and Tesco. Many of which are expected to offer a secondary CD with either IE8 or a rival browser to help users get online. Yes, it's a bit daft for obviously and previously stated reasons.

All flavours of Windows 7 'E' will go on sale from 22 October, so if you want to save some cash and enjoy Microsoft's best OS for many a year I'd advise you don't hang around...


Windows 7 Pre-Order Offer


July 15, 2009, 5:14 am

Only £44.99 at ebuyer: http://www.ebuyer.com/produ...

146 left for pre-order at time of writing.

Well, 1 less now :)


July 15, 2009, 5:16 am

Currently 12:14am and Ebuyer and Amazon have got the pre-orders up, with Ebuyer offering Windows 7 Professional for £80, which isn't bad. Will wait 'til later today before I put an order in, and see what price Home Premium is on Amazon and Play.


July 15, 2009, 5:25 am

Amazon UK has the Professional version for £89.97! A bargain.

evil mart

July 15, 2009, 5:34 am

Snagged my Home Premium copy off eBuyer.

One question though, have i just bought a 32 or 62 bit version?


July 15, 2009, 5:35 am

Ha, 15 mins later and they're all gone.

Although the Professional version is still available: http://www.ebuyer.com/produ...

No doubt they'll go like the proverbial hot cakes now though.


July 15, 2009, 5:35 am

Ebuyer appears to have sold out already! Home Premium is no longer listed when searching for "windows 7"

Play.com took until 12:30 to list it, Amazon still hasn't changed HP to be available for pre-order - unless it's also sold out already!


July 15, 2009, 5:38 am

@smc8788 - hehe, I couldn't wait and ordered Home Premium from Ebuyer too. Was sorely tempted by Win7 Pro for £80, but I know I won't use the extra features. Glad, it's not just me up at this time, looking for Windows 7 pre-order bargains :)


July 15, 2009, 5:42 am

from the FAQ of the link given:

If I have Windows Vista Ultimate, can I upgrade to a lower version of Windows 7, say Windows 7 Professional?

Yes, we want customers to select the Windows 7 edition that best fits their needs. Customers can easily upgrade from edition to edition or higher (Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium), but for those customers who would like to move to a downgraded Windows 7 edition (Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Professional for example) will be required to do a clean install.


July 15, 2009, 6:08 am

Does Ebuyer charge your card immediately or only once the product has shipped like Amazon and Play?


July 15, 2009, 6:38 am

So did I read that right, the US version can upgrade the RC and beta to the final product but the EU version can't!? WTF? Grrrrrrrrrrrr I hate those bureaucratic bum bags. Is there anyone anywhere you can complain to about this stuff where something might actually happen? Has no one elected Mark Thomas to supreme global leader yet?


July 15, 2009, 6:59 am

£44.97 at Amazon UK for the Home Premium version.

Placed an order for two.


July 15, 2009, 8:15 am

@jopey - yes, all the detail about Windows 7 'E' can be read here:



July 15, 2009, 10:58 am

Pre-ordered mine from Amazon, thx for the link farki80

Does anyone know if it's 23 or 64 bit? Doesn't mention it in the Amazon page at all...

Possible it could contain both on the disc I guess :S


July 15, 2009, 12:27 pm

I am NOT doing a fresh install. It would be a nightmare to get my computer back to what it is now. I will not buy this until I can do an upgrade.


July 15, 2009, 1:25 pm

"I am NOT doing a fresh install. It would be a nightmare to get my computer back to what it is now. I will not buy this until I can do an upgrade."

You'll be waiting a long time then, as there aren't any plans for an upgrade ver...


July 15, 2009, 1:33 pm

"Does anyone know if it's 23 or 64 bit? Doesn't mention it in the Amazon page at all..."

Apparently both are on the disk, Its on Paul Thurrots site somewhere, but I cant find it!!


July 15, 2009, 1:37 pm

n1ps, AFAIK all Windows 7 will ship with both 32-bit and 64-bit code.

As for fresh installation, that is the only installation that I will do and recommend people to do.


July 15, 2009, 1:44 pm

@n1ps - Microsoft have now stated that all retail (full or upgrade) boxes of Windows 7 will contain both 32 and 64 bit media "Due to the incredible adoption of 64-bit today and customer feedback...".


Neil B

July 15, 2009, 1:52 pm

Just ordered off Amazon :-)


July 15, 2009, 1:53 pm

@Evil_Mart and n1ps

It ships with both 32 and 64 bit versions in the same package.

Billy Rubin

July 15, 2009, 2:13 pm

Ordered three copies from Amazon, it's a bargain at £44.97.


July 15, 2009, 2:17 pm


Why would you NOT want to a fresh install? OS's work infinitely better once installed on a clean system.


July 15, 2009, 2:19 pm

Ebuyer are showing zero stock, so how come Amazon hasn't run out already? I hope they actually do have the stock allocation to fill our orders!


July 15, 2009, 2:42 pm

My guess is Amazon (and Play.com) have a far larger stock allocation than Ebuyer.


July 15, 2009, 2:43 pm

Ah, it appears that Amazon has sold out their Home Premium allocation as well.

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