Microsoft launches FAQ website about Windows 7 Upgrade Option
The Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program shall encourage customers to buy a new PC even before Windows 7 has been released. Microsoft has put a new website online which explains the upgrade program in detail.
The Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program shall prevent customers of new Vista PCs from waiting until Windows 7 will be released. In the meantime Microsoft offers several Windows Vista versions that include the Windows 7 upgrade - for an additional fee of about 30 Euro.
Last week Microsoft launched its website concerning the Windows 7 upgrade option. You will find detailed information of how to upgrade, which manufacturers participate in the program and which operating system are qualified for the upgrade. PC Games Hardware has picked the most important questions.
What is the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program?
When you purchase a computer that is preloaded with Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, or Windows Vista Ultimate, from a participating computer manufacturer, you may be eligible to upgrade to a corresponding edition of Windows 7.
|Upgrade eligibility time period||Time period/date|
|Program Eligibility Period||June 26, 2009 to January 31, 2010|
|Program Fulfillment Website Go-Live Dates||June 26, 2009|
|Initial Upgrade Media Fulfillment Date||October 22, 2009|
|Upgrade Offer Form Expiration Date||February 28, 2010|
|Final Software Fulfillment Date / Program End Date||April 30, 2010|
What are the qualifying editions of Windows Vista and the upgrade paths from those Windows Vista versions to Windows 7?
• Windows Vista Home Premium will be Windows 7 Home Premium
• Windows Vista Business (SP1 or SP2) will be Windows 7 Professional
• Windows Vista Ultimate (SP1 or SP2) will be Windows 7 Ultimate
The upgrade program is not available for Window Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Starter Edition und Windows XP (all editions).
When does the upgrade program end?
The program will end on April 30, 2010. This is the last date Upgrade media will be shipped to qualifying end users.
Is there an option at all for upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7?
Qualifying editions of Windows Vista that were downgraded to Windows XP are eligible for upgrade.
Is a DVD drive required to upgrade to Windows 7?
Yes. A DVD drive is required in order to install the Windows 7 Upgrade media.
More information about the upcoming Windows 7 upgrade program can be found on the Microsoft FAQ website.
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