Confirmed: European Windows 7 pre-orders to be honoured

Microsoft axed the European version of Windows 7 -- Windows 7 E -- the other day. But what happens to those of you who pre-ordered? We hounded Microsoft for answers, and we got them

Microsoft axed the European version of Windows 7 -- Windows 7 E -- the other day. Everyone who pre-ordered was left wondering what version they would receive when the operating system launches in October .

We've been hounding Microsoft for answers, and now we have them. Europe will get the same versions of Windows 7 as the rest of the world, and "[Microsoft] will continue to honour the pricing offers made in Europe before this change," a Microsoft spokesperson told CNET UK.

"Users who have pre-ordered a full licence to Windows 7 will be able to receive that licence."

So if you pre-ordered Windows 7 Home Premium E, you'll get a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium. The same goes for the Professional and Ultimate editions.

We're still chasing down whether you can now expect to be able to upgrade from a previous version of Windows (you couldn't with Windows 7 E), or whether the previously unavailable Family Pack will now appear. We'll update this post when we hear more.

Haven't even ordered yet? There's plenty of time to read our in-depth test of the final version, which you can find here.

Update: Microsoft has confirmed the versions it will send to customers who pre-ordered Windows 7 in Europe, will be able to upgrade from Windows Vista or simply install the new OS on a new machine.

"If a customer has Vista on their machine they can upgrade with both full and upgrade versions," a Microsoft spokesperson told us. "If a customer is running Windows XP on their machine they will need to do a full installation, however we are providing tools such as Windows Easy Transfer to help customers keep their data while they install Windows 7."

 

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