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CNET News Daily Podcast: Students report Windows 7 upgrade problems

Today on the podcast: Windows 7 upgrade not smooth sailing for all; Microsoft and the White house open up a little; how Facebook handles its deceased members; and more.

Of the many ways to buy Windows 7, the best deal Microsoft makes available goes to students, who can buy a downloadable upgrade version of Windows 7 for $29. However, a number of students have reported problems when trying to download and install the new version of Windows.

Microsoft says it is aware of several issues that people have encountered. Most common is the fact that folks can't easily go from the 32-bit version of Vista to the 64-bit version of Windows 7. "This appears to be a series of isolated issues that are often related to the user's Internet provider or installed third-party software," Microsoft said.

The company recommends students with products either get a refund or contact Digital River, the company managing the digital downloads, to try to get a physical disc with the operating system. In support forums, Microsoft technicians are also pointing users to a five-step workaround that is said to fix the problems.

Also on the podcast: The White House moves its Web site to Drupal; Microsoft opens up Outlook; Mozilla building a new social in-box; Facebook memorializes its deceased users; Amazon exits the wine business; and more.


Today's stories:

Students find problems with Windows 7 upgrade

White House Web site makes open-source move

Microsoft to open up Outlook data format

Yahoo Mail outages plague some users

Mozilla tries to build the ultimate in-box: Raindrop

Carl Icahn resigns from Yahoo board of directors

AOL names its post-Time Warner board

Universal phone charger OK'd

Nokia pushes back N900 Net tablet

With 'memorialized' profiles, Facebook sees dead people

Amazon suspends wine sales effort