Steep Discounts Propel Windows 7 Pre-Orders to Top of Amazon Sales Chart

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randycan

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Zachary K.

how will the upgrade work? will it do a clean install or dirty? and what if i need to reinstall it on a new hard drive? will i have to install vista then upgrade? and will there be a multiple install thing for system builders?

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alanmc76

 You ask a lot of questions there.  For the most part, we just don't know.  Nothing has been articulated to the beta testers or on TechNet exactly how the upgrade process will work.  We are, for the moment, assuming that it will work the same way it did for Vista, meaning that you must have a qualifying OS installed on the computer you intend to use the upgrade software on.  There will probably be OEM versions for system builders, because every recent version of Windows has.

If you would like to follow the discussion on TechNet, here is the link:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproinstall/thread/b47bc608-bfe8-4f55-8b00-62c26a6112ca/#4df21995-8109-424f-8d89-e0b0d3c83f4a

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Zachary K.

well, how can i pass up $40 W7? i will back up vita on my HP laptop in sevral places and go though the hassle

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SANMANx

Went to Amazon to pick mine up. I did the Amazon.com credit card offer and got an additional 30 bucks off. Very happy about this as i never picked up Vista and haven't upgraded my PC in 5 YEARS!!! October can't come soon enough. I'll prolly just order my new PC, slap 7 RC1 on there then upgrade from that.

I am Recession Proof

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alanmc76

 From what I have read you will not be able to upgrade directly from the Beta or the RC.  You will have to have XP, or Vista actually running on the machine in order to use the upgrade discs.  You can certainly use the RC in the mean time, as I am doing.  Just be aware that when October 22 rolls around, make sure you've got your data backed up and several hours to make the switch.

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horzo

Does the retail media include both 32- and 64-bit versions? If you have an OEM 32-bit version, will an upgrade allow you to install the 64-bit?

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the_river

I think so. If you look at the packaging and the features, it appears they are doing what they did with Vista Ultimate: ship both DVDs.

I'm listening to the Podcast right now and I am relieved I may be able to go from Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Pro which is probably all I need. I don't need bitlocker...I don't use it currently.

$100 is a good upgrade price. Nice going M$. 

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alanmc76

 The product description for Home Premium at the Microsoft Store states that the package includes both 32 and 64bit software.  The description for Professional does not spell that out, but it does say in the minimum requirements that you must have an x86 or x64 processor, so I'd say it comes with both as well.

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alanmc76

The product description for Home Premium at the Microsoft Store states that the package includes both 32 and 64bit software.  The description for Professional does not spell that out, but it does say in the minimum requirements that you must have an x86 or x64 processor, so I'd say it comes with both as well.

On the second question: no, you cannot upgrade from 32 to 64bit using the in-place upgrade.  You can use the upgrade software, but you will have to backup your files and do a clean install.

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horzo

Ah, yeah, That's what I meant. I've never "upgraded" Windows. I always do a full wipe & reinstall.

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u217946

The online retailers participating in Microsoft's pre-order Win 7 disc sale starting at midnight Eastern tonight are:
Amazon
Best Buy
Costco
Fry's Electronics
Office Depot
Office Max
Sam's Club
Staples
Tiger Direct
Walmart
NewEgg
Nebraska Furniture Mart (What the?)

In Canada, you can hit:
Staples
Future Shop
Best Buy
London Drugs
Amazon
The Source

And in Japan, the pre-order is available at:
Yodobashi Camera
Amazon
Yamada Denki
Bic Camera
• and "all small partners" (whatever that means)

Microsoft's own online store
is also offering the pre-sale. If by some reason you go and the offer
is sold out, we have something you can try. Go to the Microsoft store,
click the OS version you want to buy, and click "Buy." Log in with your
Windows Live ID (Microsoft Store, Hotmail, Messenger, Xbox LIVE, Zune
or Passport accounts all apply) and enter this promo code:

WIN7PIFKYW2ZR0EDTEMG

Then follow the steps to complete the transaction.

The thing is, this code may not be of much help. Microsoft tells us
that it lets 300 people get software through Sunday or Monday, even if
the public allotment sells out. But we're also told there are a lot
of copies out there for the discounted pre-sale. So please try to buy
it first without using the code, leaving the 300 slots free to people
who didn't act as fast as your PC-lovin' self. You can always copy it
and quickly use it if you get rejected. But I don't think you're going
to get rejected, especially not tonight.

If that's not wondrously clear, I apologize, though it's certainly
not my fault. The good news is, you don't need a special code to get
the special price. Not now at least.

Don't forget to read Windows 7 Pricing: The Full Story, and Windows 7: Cheaper Than Vista and Every Other Windows OS. And let us know down in comments if the pre-order process was smooth—or nightmarish.

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the_river

I'm running the 64-bit copy of Windows 7 Ultimate RC right now, but I have a retail version of Windows Vista Ultimate  (32/64). I used Acronis to backup Vista for the 'last time' and moved into the Windows 7 world and do not want to go back. How do I take advantage of this pricing reduction for Ultimate? Is the Ultimate upgrade going to be $150? If so, where is it Microsoft? I can't go from Ultimate to 7 Professional, which is probably all I need anyway if it has the same features.

What gives?

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Morichalion

I've been using Ubuntu for the last few years, and I'm not completely familiar as to how upgrades are handled on windows anymore. The fact that pre-orders for the upgrade's so cheap piques my interest, though.

 

I've got an old computer, running it's original OEM of windows XP. Would just having the product key from that install be enough to get the upgrade to install onto my current machine?

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DBsantos77

Same question.

 Also, what if I upgrade my components, mobo, vid card, ram etc. Can I still get an upgrade?

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alanmc76

There has been much discussion on this issue lately.  Thanks to some clarification by a TechNet Moderator, here is your answer:

"The Windows 7 Upgrade disc will scan your computer for a qualifying Windows operating system license.  If no qualifying O/S exists, you cannot install the upgrade version of Windows 7." -Carey Frisch, TechNet MVP and Answerer.

Basically, the way I read it is this: the installer will check to see if your currently running version is valid or not, probably with WGA, then it will give you the option of an in-place upgrade or clean install.  Note: the in-place upgrade option will only be available for Vista.

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DBsantos77

Thanks! So essentially I have to be running vista before I install the upgrade for it to scan correctly correct?

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Bryan Herbst

To clarify even further-

If you are running XP, the 7 scan will find XP, and you will be able to use the upgrade discs (as opposed to needing the full version). However, 7 will not perform an upgrade install, it will instead do a full install.

 To do an upgrade install, you need vista. To use the upgrade discs, you need 2000/XP/Vista.

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alanmc76

 

If you are running a valid copy of Vista, then you have no worries.

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