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Windows 7: Full, Upgrade, Retail or OEM

20 Aug 2009   #41

Windows 7 Pro x64
MS website Windows 7

Just noticed this:

Are MS going back on their full retail version for upgrade pre-order price? All depends on what the last sentence means I suppose which I would like to take at face value but......

"NOTICE: Regarding Windows 7 “E” Versions

We are intent on providing people with the best possible experience using their PCs with Windows. Building on that important principle, we will ship the same version of Windows 7 in Europe as in rest of the world on the worldwide launch date of 22 October, 2009. This version of Windows 7 includes Windows Internet Explorer 8 to help people get the most from their PCs and the Internet. We will not ship E editions of Windows 7, which would not have included Internet Explorer. Customers who pre-order Windows 7 will receive versions of the product that include Internet Explorer. Customers participating in the Windows Upgrade Option available with select new PCs running Windows Vista will also receive versions of Windows 7 that include Internet Explorer. Customers in Europe will also be able to choose between upgrade and full versions of Windows 7."

Do you think this means that a qualifying version of a previous operating system will now be required for pre-order version which will be an upgrade version rather than the full version at 'upgrade' / pre-order price?

Might have to cancel my pre-orders.......

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20 Aug 2009   #42

Windows 7 Pro x64
Amazon notice

Just found this on the Amazon website so maybe I do not have to cancel my orders.....

Important--changes to EU release of Microsoft Windows 7

Please note that Microsoft have recently made a number of changes to the European release of Microsoft Windows 7. Please be aware that while this is subject to change, the latest information that Amazon has is:
This version of Windows 7 ships as a full edition, suitable for both new Windows users and Windows Vista users looking to upgrade. Although a ‘clean install’ is not essential for existing Windows Vista users, this is recommended by Microsoft UK.
All editions of Windows 7 will now include the Internet Explorer 8 web browser as standard. will continue to update this page as and when further information becomes available.
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20 Aug 2009   #43

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Other than you will get the same version as the rest of the world, nothing will change... you will still need a qualifying activated copy of your current MS os to do an inplace update, otherwise you will have to do a clean install..

I hope this helps..
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20 Aug 2009   #44

Windows 7 Pro x64

And being able to do a clean install means you must have the full version, presumably retail version.
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20 Aug 2009   #45

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Im not so sure about that friend ... well, MS idea of a clean install may be a bit different than ours, it will install the os and leave behind a windows.old folder that you can simply delete...
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20 Aug 2009   #46


When I went to MS site during the Vista days. There was the option on the site,
upgrade = $$$$$$$$
Full Version= more $$$$$$$$
when you check the site. then check I agree.
I was given a link with which I could DL the specific Version...(No there was not limit)
Later I rec'd the (two) Home Premium Keys for the Requested Versions of Vista I had ordered.

I recommend the "Upgrade" version. reason: cheaper, and you can either Upgrade-or-clean install. depends on what you want to do....The only difference is the KEY.
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