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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium pre-order betwen July 15 - August 14 £49.99

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N.B. This will only be available between the aforementioned dates via Microsoft Directly Microsoft has announced the prices for Windows 7 in the UK. The new OS is currently being put through the be… Read More
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N.B. This will only be available between the aforementioned dates via Microsoft Directly

Microsoft has announced the prices for Windows 7 in the UK. The new OS is currently being put through the beta paces and the final release is due on October 22nd the "fastest global launch of a Windows Operating System ever, according to John Curran, Microsoft's Windows Business Lead in the UK.



So how much will it set you back? Well if you start from nothing but a barebones machine and no previous version of Windows to upgrade, its £229.99 for the Ultimate edition. Business users can get the Professional edition for £219.99. Home Premium will cost £149.99 thats a full 12% discount on the Windows Vista equivalent as Microsoft is mindful of the economic slowdown on tech spending.



There are more savings to be made though. If you want to simply upgrade from an existing Windows Vista package, its £199.99, £189.99 and £79.99 for Ultimate, Professional and Home Premium respectively.



But theres more: Microsoft is hosting a special preorder discount program. Its available, while stocks last, to anyone who puts in an order between July 15th and August 14th. The pre-order price of Windows 7 Home Premium is a far more reasonable £49.99 while the Professional is £99.99. Orders are limited to 25 copies per customer.



If youre just about to buy a Windows PC, you dont need to delay a free upgrade program is starting tomorrow, June 26th, that will mean anyone who buys a Windows Vista machine will get their upgrade to Windows 7 for free.



Windows 7 rolls out in 14 languages (including English) on October 22nd.

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"But theres more: Microsoft is hosting a special preorder discount program. Its available, while stocks last, to anyone who puts in an order between July 15th and August 14th. The pre-order price of Windows 7 Home Premium is a far more reasonable £49.99 while the Professional is £99.99. Orders are limited to 25 copies per customer."

this is for the UPGRADE version not a full version, you will need to have windows vista already installed, the windows7 disc you receive wont install on a formatted harddrive, you will need windows vista already installed:( Upgrades often result in problems, its best buying an oem copy and a piece of hardware like a mouse, oem copies are far cheaper.
- hajj_3

This is NOT the UPGRADE version. There is NO UPGRADE VERSION AVAILABLE TO THE UK.

This is due to a problem Microsoft have within the EU and bundling IE with it.

THEREFORE THIS IS A FULL VERSION WHICH NEEDS TO BE INSTALLED ONTO A CLEAN DISK.
- newsgroupmonkey

http://www.microsoft.com/uk/windows/buy/offers/pre-order.aspx

See the above link, courtesy of Hurdy for details.
- vbnmu

Microsoft are actually saying it is limited to 3 copies (NOT 25) per customer of each product - so you could get 3 copies of Home Premium and 3 copies of Professional.
http://www.microsoft.com/uk/windows/buy/offers/pre-order-faq.aspx
-bob_nugget
- bob_nugget

http://www.microsoft.com/uk/windows/buy/offers/pre-order.aspx
Retailers list,credit to Beatenagain.
vbnmu
- vbnmu
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Whoops, meant to put it in the Misc section!

This is also available for GBP but only states USD at the mo.

See: T3 for confirmation
#2
Its not only available from Microsoft, you can get it from other places including Amazon and DSG stores.

Weblink that goes live tomorrow for UK customers

http://www.microsoft.com/uk/upgradeoffer
#3
The pre-order price of Windows 7 Home Premium is a far more reasonable £49.99 while the Professional is £99.99

Like the sound of that
2 Likes #4
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions might be useful to decide which edition you might need.
#5
>There are more savings to be made though. If you want to simply upgrade from an existing
>Windows Vista package, its £199.99, £189.99 and £79.99 for Ultimate, Professional and
>Home Premium respectively.

Upgrade product not available in Europe I believe.
#6
cowbutt
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions might be useful to decide which edition you might need.


Its not that hard a choice, there is only really 3 choices for the home user:

1) Windows V7 Home Premium (Home Basic not sold in the UK)

2) Windows V7 Professional (was called Business in Vista)

3) Windows V7 Ultimate

(Starter and Home Basic not sold in the UK, Enterprise only sold to large companies)
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#7
I don't really like the idea of paying for it first and then finding out it's a buggy piece of nonsense. Probably best to sit this one out for a few months.
#8
#9
spionkop
I don't really like the idea of paying for it first and then finding out it's a buggy piece of nonsense. Probably best to sit this one out for a few months.


I've been using it since about March. It's not buggy.
#10
spionkop;5588763
I don't really like the idea of paying for it first and then finding out it's a buggy piece of nonsense. Probably best to sit this one out for a few months.

Buy it cheap, leave it for a few months, then install it and download the fixes. Should be stable by the new year
#11
alanrowell;5588774


Thanks for the link, anyone know where HDV support sits? On Vista it was only available on Ultimate edition which is the main reason I opted for this on one of my machines but I can't find any mention of it with regards to Windows 7.

John
#12
spionkop;5588763
I don't really like the idea of paying for it first and then finding out it's a buggy piece of nonsense. Probably best to sit this one out for a few months.


Microsoft have had public beta and release candidates available for free.

John
#13
there been anything mentioned about student licenses for this yet (as in the ultimate steal stuff)
#14
In the UK you get an upgrade licence but it's a fresh install you need to do as you don't get IE8 with it.

How you get a browser - I have no idea!
#15
been using the RC for a while and is stable enough for me
#16
alanrowell
Buy it cheap, leave it for a few months, then install it and download the fixes. Should be stable by the new year


Would that be 2012 new year? :-) Ive been using the release candidate, my only gripe is that its got no classic interface, and if you "trained XP" to look like Windows 98, and did the same for Vista the interface change is difficult for old farts like me, and I work in IT.
#17
£50 for a Vista Patch! They must have seen all you Windows users coming!
#18
I un-installed Vista and went back to XP Pro. I still have my Vista License, disc, etc., and was wondering if I could use that for this upgrade and do a fresh install after formatting my HDD. Anyone know if this will work?
#19
I have been using windows 7 for a few months and think it's what vista should have been.

Good idea to try it first though, the Windows 7 Release Candidate will operate with no issues until June 2010 when you can either buy a copy or reinstall it every 30 days:thumbsup:

I expected bugs but it's pretty good imo.
#20
TJ Skywasher
£50 for a Vista Patch! They must have seen all you Windows users coming!


Yeah, makes us feel like we are ipod touch users :-D
#21
st3ph3n
In the UK you get an upgrade licence but it's a fresh install you need to do as you don't get IE8 with it.

How you get a browser - I have no idea!


From what i've read, when you install you will be given the option of what browser you would like to install, obviouly they're free, so i'm not exactly sure what the benefit is :?
#22
FoyleFlyer
I un-installed Vista and went back to XP Pro. I still have my Vista License, disc, etc., and was wondering if I could use that for this upgrade and do a fresh install after formatting my HDD. Anyone know if this will work?


Exactly the same story for me - I have a Vista Ultimate OEM disc & license that I bought soon after release.
Used it for about 12 months, then went back to XP. (a different license, as OEM Vista Ultimate didn't allow the XP downgrade option :x )

If I could upgrade my Vista license (which cost ~£170!) to a Windows 7 license free of charge, then I might give it another go.
Otherwise, M$ arn't going to be getting another penny out of me ever again :x
#23
TJ Skywasher
£50 for a Vista Patch! They must have seen all you Windows users coming!
Don't worry - Apple users pre-pay Apple for future patches because of the huge tax on their hardware :-D
#24
good deal!
#25
Story from The Inquirer states the following -

From July 15th until August 14th, the Home Premium version will be going for only £49.99 in the UK and $49.99 in the US, while the Professional edition will sell for just £99.99 in the UK and $99.99 in the US.

In the US these promotional prices will only apply to the upgrades, whereas in the UK they will be good for the full versions.


http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1406108/microsoft-unveils-windows-pricing
#26
No mentions of OEM vs full retail copies in the post. Anyone care to enlighten as to the situation?
#27
tried the Beta - didn't much like it - prefer Vista (for now) :)
#28
Ive had a Vista PC for a couple of years & always had the usual big trouble with it, so I always find myself reverting to the good old XP system.
Thought that this release might cure things but when I put the Windows 7 beta on a brand new PC last month it even refused to install the motherboard drivers, so had to put XP on that as well !!
Think I`ll have to wait for version 8.
#29
Just bought a laptop yesterday :-( does this mean I will not qualify for the free Windows 7 upgrade ?
#30
sancho1983;5589259
From what i've read, when you install you will be given the option of what browser you would like to install, obviouly they're free, so i'm not exactly sure what the benefit is :?

Well the idea is that way you know what other browsers are available and you can make a choice rather than having Internet Explorer forced upon you which you could then use and not realise there are other browsers out there. That's what the EU decided anyway, I'm not a fan of Internet Explorer but I think this whole situation is daft, it's handy to have a browser out of the box and I keep IE on my machines for the sites that don't render properly in other browsers.

John
#31
TJ Skywasher
£50 for a Vista Patch! They must have seen all you Windows users coming!


Ashe
Don't worry - Apple users pre-pay Apple for future patches because of the huge tax on their hardware :-D


pwned
#32
I've been running Win7 for a good few months, much happier with it that Vista. Even running it off my Macbook, boots so much quicker than Vista.
#33
so what are the advantages of windows 7 over vista? Isnt based on the same core programming with about a 3% difference in performance?
#34
Ashe
Don't worry - Apple users pre-pay Apple for future patches because of the huge tax on their hardware :-D


And worth every penny!
#35
Seen this at $49.99 earlier today on the USA site, Still good value. Windows 7 is available to download as release candidate and can be used until June 1st 2010, try before you buy.
#36
gwentvillan
Just bought a laptop yesterday :-( does this mean I will not qualify for the free Windows 7 upgrade ?


No, you wont qualify.

This V7 upgrade offer has been known about for a while, and a little bit of research would have found this out.
#37
How comes you say the windows 7 RC will work untill 2010. i`ve started getting pop-ups telling me to backup my data and re-install another OS as the RC will expire in about a weeks time.. started at 14 days until expiry.

Any ideas?
#38
Annoyed about the upgrade path from Vista Ultimate.

Is the offer for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows?

AMO
#39
scooby_me
How comes you say the windows 7 RC will work untill 2010. i`ve started getting pop-ups telling me to backup my data and re-install another OS as the RC will expire in about a weeks time.. started at 14 days until expiry.

Any ideas?


Sounds like you've got the beta, rather than the later RC.
#40
cowbutt
Sounds like you've got the beta, rather than the later RC.


+1

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx

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