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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."