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MS adjusts Win7 European Prices

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    blowdart

    matthews said:
    blowdart said:
    *snip*

    Can you not upgrade in the Full versions at all? I know it's possible in the RC, and I'd imagine it ought to be the same as that. Or is it just the E versions that can't upgrade?

    It's just the E version you can't upgrade. There is no upgrade version, at least at launch time.

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    androidi

    AFAIK (atleast in Vista) you get a better legit deal if you take your computer to someone who has the install disc, install it without putting key in and then wait till the 'trial time' ends. At this point MS offers to sell it to you directly and since that leaves the retail and distributor out of the equation it should be a bit less. Extreme case I'm aware of the 'bit less' has been 'quite a bit less'.

    The bad thing about this approach is that MS still insists sending you discs and packages instead of just selling the code so if you want avoid the retarded bit about transporting bytes in cardboard or plastic boxes then I guess Linux is the only option.

     

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    LeoDavidson

    BHpaddock said:

    If you're in Europe you get the FULL version of Windows 7 for less than the Vista upgrade version... so what exactly is the complaint about?

    How is being forced to spend 60% more a good deal if you only want the Upgrade version? (The UK £=$ pricing means we're spending 1.6x the amount. Our VAT rate is 15% so charging us 60% more is ridiculous.)

    Sure, it's a good deal (for a very limited time) if you actually want the full, non-upgrade, retail version, but who does? If you already have a machine then you've almost certainly already got XP or Vista and an Upgrade is all you need. If you're buying a new machine then you'll either get Windows 7 thrown in or, if you're building it yourself, qualify for the OEM pricing (which hasn't been announced yet AFAIK).

     

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    contextfree

    androidi said:

    AFAIK (atleast in Vista) you get a better legit deal if you take your computer to someone who has the install disc, install it without putting key in and then wait till the 'trial time' ends. At this point MS offers to sell it to you directly and since that leaves the retail and distributor out of the equation it should be a bit less. Extreme case I'm aware of the 'bit less' has been 'quite a bit less'.

    The bad thing about this approach is that MS still insists sending you discs and packages instead of just selling the code so if you want avoid the retarded bit about transporting bytes in cardboard or plastic boxes then I guess Linux is the only option.

     

    Speaking of which, I wanted to preorder W7 through the Microsoft Store so I could get a download and not have a box cluttering up either my apartment or a landfill, but the store wouldn't accept my order because "there was a problem with either your billing address or your credit card info", wonderfully helpful error reporting there, so I ended up ordering a physical copy through Amazon instead.  Sad

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    ZippyV

    contextfree said:
    androidi said:
    *snip*

    Speaking of which, I wanted to preorder W7 through the Microsoft Store so I could get a download and not have a box cluttering up either my apartment or a landfill, but the store wouldn't accept my order because "there was a problem with either your billing address or your credit card info", wonderfully helpful error reporting there, so I ended up ordering a physical copy through Amazon instead.  Sad

    What's with the pre-orders? In some countries you can pre-order, in others it's not possible and in Japan they are already "sold out".

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    peterwillcn

    Where is the loss of money out there to earn back..heh

     

    bbc news about microsoft http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7266629.stm

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    sushovande

    Can anyone tell me if I can upgrade from a Vista Home Premium to a Windows 7 Professional using the $99 pre-order?

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