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Windows 7 Free Upgrades for Vista PCs from July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010

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Even though Microsoft remains mute on the matter of its resurrected Windows Vista Express Upgrade Program, this time around with Windows 7 in the focus, leaked information points out that the eligibil… Read More
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
Even though Microsoft remains mute on the matter of its resurrected Windows Vista Express Upgrade Program, this time around with Windows 7 in the focus, leaked information points out that the eligibility period will be July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010. During this timeframe, consumers that will acquire new OEM Windows Vista-preloaded machines from original equipment manufacturers participating in the Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Program will have the option of benefiting from a discounted, and even free, upgrade to Windows 7.

The Redmond company released the draft of the Windows 7 Upgrade Program to OEM partners on December 10, 2008, a document that was leaked by TechArp. Even at the end of 2008, Microsoft was planning to debut the initiative on July 1, 2009. Via the Windows 7 Upgrade program, customers acquiring Vista PCs will be given the opportunity of inexpensive and free upgrades to Windows 7, as long as they will buy the machines with Vista and not wait for the launch of Windows 7. The latest documentation leaked for the program reveals an Eligibility Period spanning from July 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010.



Microsoft has yet to confirm any of these details officially. Only Vista-PCs from OEMs participating in the program and sold between July 1, 2009 and January 31, 2010 will qualify for Windows 7 upgrades. The Program Calculation Period will last between April 1 and October 31, 2009, a timeframe in which OEMs must determine the volume of upgrade media that can be purchased by OEMs. The Initial Upgrade Media Fulfillment Date depends strictly on the general availability date of Windows 7, while the Final Software Fulfillment Date / Program End Date is April 30, 2010.

Microsoft will permit OEM PCs with Vista and a valID Certificate of Authenticity (COA) to be upgraded with the following paths: Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium; Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional and Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate. Windows XP will not qualify for the program, and Microsoft will not support XP to Windows 7 upgrades.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Windows-7-Free-Upgrades-for-Vista-PCs-from-July-1-2009-through-January-31-2010-104496.shtml
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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Only Vista-PCs from OEMs participating in the program and sold between July 1, 2009 and January 31, 2010 will qualify for Windows 7 upgrades.

So its not for existing vista users? could you make that clear in your header
#2
They always do this. Late XP buyers got a Free Vista upgrade on release :)
#3
Johnboy_1975
So its not for existing vista users? could you make that clear in your header


This is to be expected, maybe so PC sales don't fall before the new Windows comes out. When my friend bought his Sony laptop with XP a couple of years ago he found a free Vista upgrade voucher in the bottom of the box...2 days after it's expiry date :w00t:

I've been running Vista happily (yes happily!) for 18 months now and wouldn't expect to get a free Win 7 upgrade now. Microsoft ain't no charidee :?
#4
Just remembered, I also got a free upgrade from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 with my old Gateway PC

Showing my age now ! :roll:
#5
tallpete33
Just remembered, I also got a free upgrade from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95 with my old Gateway PC

Showing my age now ! :roll:


LOL
banned#6
I heard about this yesterday.

I was thinking about getting a new laptop but I'll hold off for a few months now. I want one more than I need one, so I can afford to wait.

I guess the upgrade program is to make sure there isn't a period of no sales just before the new OS comes out. Of course, now the details of the update program have leaked, there won't be as many sales from now untill 1st July.
banned#7
Not wanting to bump an old thread, but I just read on Computer Active's site that the head of Acer UK has said Acer will begin selling PCs with Windows 7 from 23rd October, with a free upgrade for anyone buying a Vista machine in the 30 days leading up to this.

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