Deal of the week: Windows 7 for 50 bucks

The Windows 7 RC might be free and almost as polished as the final product, but it’ll start booting you off every two hours after March 1, 2010. If you act now, though, you can get a Windows 7 upgrade license for as little as 50 bucks.

Newegg, along with a handful of other online retailers, is offering the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49.99 instead of the $119.99 Microsoft announced yesterday. The same e-tailer also has the Windows 7 Professional Upgrade on sale for $99.99 instead of $199.99.

These upgrades will let you step up from a legit copy of Windows XP or Windows Vista. According to Ars Technica, you can upgrade to any edition you like—Vista Ultimate to Win7 Home Premium, XP Home to Win7 Professional, etc. Speaking of Win7 Pro, that edition includes all of the features of Win7 Home Premium. Check this page for a run-down of edition differences.

Whether you end up going with Win7 Home Premium or Win7 Professional, don’t wait too long to make up your mind. Newegg says this promotion will end on July 11. After that, you’ll have to pay full price for the upgrades. Windows 7 itself will come out on October 22.

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    • WebHobbit
    • 10 years ago

    Hmmmmm…..after some more digging around it looks like you MUST choose the Upgrade Option on the second Install in the method I posted. In other words you can’t wipe out the first (trial) install. You have to actually “upgrade” that install to get the key to activate.

    THAT SUCKS.

    Can anyone confirm from their Vista experiences? I understand they behave the same as far as installs.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 10 years ago

      I did it with Vista and I’m pretty sure it wipes out the first install or just replaces it, it’s not like a regular upgrade for whatever reason. I had no ‘windows.old’ folder and in any case it’s the same OS so it’s not like you’ll have the ‘frankenOS’ problems of different OS upgrades.

    • DundeeDavie
    • 10 years ago

    What about those of us who are running the Windows 7 RC? Is there an upgrade option for us or are we going to have to re-install an older O/S first?

    • StuG
    • 10 years ago

    If I preorder it now, does Newegg have the same Policy as Microsoft itself and will not charge me until it ships (i.e. october)?

      • Ragnar Dan
      • 10 years ago

      I notice Newegg does not appear to follow that policy in their on-site order tracking info, but if memory serves it /[

        • MadManOriginal
        • 10 years ago

        I did a live chat about that before they closed on Friday and it will not be charged nor will their be a preauthorization temporary hold until it ships.

    • mongoosesRawesome
    • 10 years ago

    My machine is running WinXP x64 using my university’s system-wide software licensing. I wonder if an upgrade would work with that. I’m inclined to say no, since the same product key can be used multiple times.

    • toyota
    • 10 years ago

    so what are the downsides of a an upgrade compared to an oem disc?

      • WebHobbit
      • 10 years ago

      None…the Upgrade disc is RETAIL with much greater transfer rights. The OEM is theoretically tied to the first mobo its installed to.

      • jabro
      • 10 years ago

      Nice find – I would not want to go with the “upgrade” unless it offered the ability to do a clean install (even if it takes two “installs” to do it).

    • spiritwalker2222
    • 10 years ago

    Newegg canada doesn’t have it 🙁

    • ew
    • 10 years ago

    It’s a trap!

    • Generic
    • 10 years ago

    This didn’t dawn on me until /[

    • derFunkenstein
    • 10 years ago

    Yeah, over the next 2 weeks I’ll probably be ordering 1 copy of home and one copy of pro.

    …or maybe 2 copies of Pro. Home supposedly doesn’t have the built-in backup?

    • herothezero
    • 10 years ago

    q[

    • gerryg
    • 10 years ago

    Just noticed Win7 Pro has an “XP Mode”, but it requires Virtual PC. Anyone think it’s worth it? Early testers, have you noticed any older software that doesn’t work on Win7?

      • blacksteel
      • 10 years ago

      Google Chrome I think had a problem in the Win 7 RC, however that may of been fixed, not really a deal breaker to get Professional. Win 7 Pro allows more than 16GB of RAM plus that XP mode. Personally I think MS should of just let Home Premium have XP mode too. I haven’t ran into a software problem with it unless you are talking pretty old software.

    • gerryg
    • 10 years ago

    Anyone know how well Win7 plays with Linux and VM software? I picked up a copy of XP Pro before the supposed deadline earlier this year, was wanting to learn more about Linux. Used Red Hat many many moons ago but haven’t tried it since. I’ve got a decent library of Windows software, and I’m going to guess that I’ll be better off using Win7 has a host and then running Linux (probably Ubuntu, maybe Kubuntu, also looking at Linux Mint) in a VM (VirtualBox 3 when it comes out?) or via a Live version. Thoughts? I’m pretty serious about trying out Linux for a while, and already know a few software packages I want to use on it, just not sure if Win7 is too new and I should stick with XP for a bit longer. Dual-boot would be ok, but I’d prefer virtualized concurrent execution.

    System: Phenom II X3-720, Asrock 780GMH/128, DDR2-1066-CL5, WD Black 640. Using 780G video until next round of GPUs arrives.

      • atryus28
      • 10 years ago

      You should be fine. There is also the option of installing Ubuntu IN windows. Yes it will be a dual boot, but your could always run windows in the VM. With VMware workstation and server I have found that windows runs faster in a VM running a linux host than on the actual hardware. If you are not running any 3D you have a lot of options.

      With VMware workstation 6.5 you can either run doze in full screen or use the unity mode which will allow you to minimize the VM while having the windows show up on your desktop. It works pretty well. I use Vmware workstation and server everyday at work. When I work from home it’s how I VPN in and still do other things while in Ubuntu. With 8 gigs of RAM you can run VM’s with plenty of RAM and not flinch.

      Hope that helps.

      • flip-mode
      • 10 years ago

      You’ll be fine. Get Virtualbox 2.2 right now and get started. No need to wait for Win7 – you VMs will transfer just fine. Running Linux in VM is absolutely wonderful – it removes soooo much of the hassle when you’re just starting out.

      FWIW, I had a little trouble with Virtualbox 2.2 on my home machine (Vista 64) but it has been very stable on my work machine (also Vista 64). I had an overclock on my CPU at home and I think it is very likely that was the issue. Next time I boot into Windows I’ll find out, but for the last week my Linux drive has been my boot drive at home. I’m having pretty much darn fun with it.

      Here’s what I’ve got installed on my Ubuntu 9.04 home machine:
      apache2
      openssl-server
      vsftpd FTP server – haven’t figured this out yet.
      vim-full
      virtualbox-ose
      Opera web browser

      I also have some other distros running in VMs:
      debian 5 – a minimal install
      pc-bsd
      kubuntu
      damn small linux – pretty amazing, given it’s a 50 meg distro
      Windows 2000
      Windows 2000 Server

      At any rate, I see no reason for you to wait for Win 7 to start tinkering. Drop into the forms in the Linux section – there are some very knowledgeable and helpful people in there: justbrewit, bthylafh, bitvector and several others.

      • just brew it!
      • 10 years ago

      Either dual-boot or VM would be fine, depending on how much you want 3D acceleration (3D acceleration in VMs exists, but isn’t really mature yet). So go the dual-boot route if you need the hardware-accelerated video, or VM if you don’t.

      IMO live CDs are really only suitable for a cursory evaluation or for use as a rescue CD. Responsiveness of the system with live CD distros typically isn’t very good, because every time you do anything that touches the OS partition it needs to spin up the CD and decompress one or more files.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 10 years ago

    hmmm….This is a really good deal, but I’ve always been a fan of fresh installs. That, and *if* I need to re-install Windows, I really don’t feel like installing Vista first, then upgrading to 7. Sure, half the price but takes twice as long (from a clean slate).

    What to do what to do…

      • burntham77
      • 10 years ago

      Isn’t it true that often you can install with an upgrade disc, but it just asks you to insert your previous full version OS during the process? This allows you to do a clean install from an upgrade disc. It’s been awhile since I had an upgrade disc though, so I can’t be sure.

        • PetMiceRnice
        • 10 years ago

        That’s how it used to be in the Windows 98 and ME days, but I don’t know about now. It would be cool if it still worked the same way, but my gut feeling is that it could be different.

        • Pagey
        • 10 years ago

        According to my Windows Vista Annoyances book from O’Reilly, you can do a clean Vista install from an upgrade disc by doing the following:

        1. Use your Vista disc to boot your PC as described in “Install Vista on a New (Clean) System

        2. When setup loads, click “install now” and proceed normally

        3. When prompted for the product key, leave the field blank, and just click “next”

        4. Without the key, setup will ask you which edition of Vista you’d like to install; make sure you choose the edition you’ve actually purchased

        5. When setup is complete, you’ll be operating the 30-day evaluation period, but you won’t be able to activate Vista until you enter the product key. To enter the product key, open a Command Prompt window in administrator mode and then type the following at the prompt: cscript \windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx where the x’s is your Vista product key, taken from the DVD sleeve or the sticker on your PC case. Press “enter” to proceed. (If this doesn’t work, you may need to temporarily disable the UAC feature).

        6. Next, activate Vista with this command: cscript \windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -ato and press “enter”

        7. To verify that activation was successful, type this: cscript \windows\system32\slmgr.vbs -dlv

        Maybe you can do the same with an upgrade disc for Win 7???

    • Zyphos
    • 10 years ago

    I haven’t looked for very long yet, maybe the collective brain can answer:

    Are you upgrade eligible if you have OEM copies of XP?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 10 years ago

      Yes, upgrade them on the hardware XP is tied to.

    • jstern
    • 10 years ago

    Sounds like a good deal, but I’m sure many here will find something about it absolutely dreadful. Judging from past comments from past articles.

    • Sanctusx2
    • 10 years ago

    How do upgrades work these days? It’s been awhile, but I might consider it as a cheaper alternative to the full. I remember some annoying experiences with 98 and XP upgrades; fishing for old CDs or having to pre-install was kind of stupid.

    How do they verify your old copy now? Enter a valid code?

      • etrigan420
      • 10 years ago

      I know that the XP upgrade edition just asked you to insert the OS Disk of a qualifying product…it verified that the disk was legit, then ejected it and continued the install, very easy.

        • Anvil
        • 10 years ago

        Does anyone know if this would work with a Dell OEM CD?

        • derFunkenstein
        • 10 years ago

        but vista didn’t allow that. Ify ou boot from a Vista upgrade disk and enter hte upgrade key, it tells you it can’t install on this computer. you HAVE to start a Vista upgrade from within Windows. I imagine 7 will do the same.

        But once you install without a key, install again, using the upgrade key from within your un-activated windows, and this time use your key and do a “clean install” which puts the first version of windows in a folder called Windows.old

          • WebHobbit
          • 10 years ago

          Right, BUT you can tell the installer to format the drive (after you started it from within the unactivated Win install)….then no “Win.old” folder.

          (in other words a true clean install)

      • DaveJB
      • 10 years ago

      In theory, you had to upgrade Vista by starting the installer from your old OS – clean installs weren’t meant to be possible with upgrade discs. What actually happened though was that Vista allowed you to install without entering a CD key (which gave you a 7 day trial), and you could then install the full version of Vista from within the trial version you’d installed. No idea whether MS will “fix” this loophole for Windows 7, though.

        • [SDG]Mantis
        • 10 years ago

        The loophole was necessary on Vista x64 since very, very few people were upgrading to Vista x64 from XP x64. And you could only start the 64-bit installer from a 64-bit OS.

    • FubbHead
    • 10 years ago

    If you buy a system with Windows today, you get an upgrade for free. Otherwise you get to pay $120. And the release is months away. Don’t they realize how completely and utterly retarded that is.

    • CampinCarl
    • 10 years ago

    Micro Center is running a 3-day promotion, where upgrade editions of 7 HP is $40, and 7 Business is $90. Just FYI for anyone with a Micro Center near them. I don’t plan on buying it myself, as I am just fine with my Vista Ultimate install.

      • northreign
      • 10 years ago

      I too am fine with Vista Ultimate – its great

      BUT Win7 for $50. Why not? Its worth that amount over Vista.

        • Cyco-Dude
        • 10 years ago

        it is? why…if vista is “great”? seems liek a waste on $50 to me…

          • KikassAssassin
          • 10 years ago

          Because Windows 7 is even greater?

    • MadManOriginal
    • 10 years ago

    The MS page doesn’t specifically mention Remote Desktop. It’s not a deal breaker for me but I’d like to know.

    • maxxcool
    • 10 years ago

    For those that missed it, upgrading from xp involves a format so really its a clean install. vista will do the whole live migration thing.

    Can’t go wrong with half price… bought 2 copies. One for me 1 for the wife.

    • Creamsteak
    • 10 years ago

    I have a computer with Windows Vista Home Premium OEM, and my next computer upgrade should be about a year from now. I don’t really feel like an upgrade to windows 7 at this point on this machine would be worth it, but my next machine will most likely have windows 7 on it.

    Would buying the upgrade do me any good? Or should I be waiting for OEM priced Windows 7 next year?

    • potatochobit
    • 10 years ago

    i do not like upgrade CDs

      • maxxcool
      • 10 years ago

      If you are on XP, you will get a clean install. 😉

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 10 years ago

      Would you, could you, on a Dell?

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 10 years ago

        Would you, could you, on a Packard Bell?

          • Joel H.
          • 10 years ago

          I wouldn’t, couldn’t, funds I lack;
          but would you, could you, on a Mac?

    • PetMiceRnice
    • 10 years ago

    Best Buy here in Canada has a similar promotion with a July 11 deadline, although of course it is a little more than $50. If I was to build another tower, I would be on it, but I’ve decided I’m going the laptop route from now on.

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