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Windows Vista to Windows 7 upgrade

by ipod59874 / July 26, 2009 11:52 AM PDT

I'm buying a Macbook Pro in the next few days and my only drawback is that I want to have Windows 7 in Boot Camp. I think I can just go to a local retailer or Amazon and buy a FULL retail copy of Windows Vista and then get the free upgrade to Windows 7. Maybe I'm completely wrong about this one. Note: I was thinking of getting Windows Vista Home Premium. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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I'd wait it out.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 26, 2009 12:25 PM PDT

We are just weeks away now. I put a moratorium on new machines till its out.

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No free upgrade...
by John.Wilkinson / July 26, 2009 2:55 PM PDT

Microsoft has stated that retail copies of Windows Vista are not included in the upgrade promotion. That only applies if you buy a new computer with Windows Vista preinstalled and the manufacturer is participating in the promotion. Thus, unless Amazon chooses to give away free copies of Windows 7, you'll be better served by pre-ordering Windows 7 instead.


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Not quite true...
by jeff_windows_team / July 28, 2009 9:35 AM PDT
In reply to: No free upgrade...

See this link for more details on free upgrade options for full retail copies of Vista purchased after June 26th, 2009:

Once you open that link, go down to "Love your current PC?" In the fine print, click on the hyperlinked 'from Microsoft' for full details on this offer.

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Thanks for the correction...
by John.Wilkinson / July 28, 2009 11:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Not quite true...

I've been told such offers were limited to new computer purchases a few times over the past two months through the MVP channels. Seems there was a little confusion there, as that public page clearly shows the promotion does exist. In this case, certainly happy to be wrong.


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Microsoft had the discounted upgrade that expired awhile
by orlbuckeye / July 28, 2009 4:44 AM PDT

back. They offered the Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium for 49 and Vista Business to Windows 7 Pro for 99. There were no deals from Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 ulttimate.

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