Just a reminder that if you have forgotten for UK customers the Windows 7 pre order program starts tomorrow 15th July, in fact we plan to have the site available shortly after midnight tonight (fingers crossed) so you can place your orders as early as possible.
You will be able to order Windows 7 in time to to get it for the October 22nd release at a special price of Windows 7 Home Premium E for £49.99** or Windows 7 Professional E for £99.99*
Read more about the offer at Microsoft Windows: Windows 7 Pre-Order Offer
* Estimated retail price, only available until August 9th 2009 or until stock runs out
I apologise for my ignorance of all things to do with computers. Despite being on a pension this is my 1st pc and I am still trying to learn. ( Technology seems to be passing me by).
If I preorder Windows 7E online would I receive a download when it is released or an actual disc, which I would receive from a shop?
I apologise if it seems a stupid question but I am not to proud to show my ignorance if I can learn.
If you order from the Microsoft Store you will have the option for either download or disc.
I am not 100% sure about the retailers but suspect would be a disc and not a download
hope that helps
One if the Windows 7 Pre-order system requirements state that "Must be running a genuine copy of the Windows XP or Windows Vista operating systems"... does this mean that this version cannot be used as a 'fresh' install of windows on an system built pc with a brand new hard drive installed with no OS?
Therefore, is this pre-order more of an upgrade than seen as a stand alone full version?
Jeff - where did you read that about genuine version?
It's only for the upgrade version that the pre-order price is reduced to £49.99. You can still pre-order the full version at standard price though I think.
The upgrade package doesn't allow straight upgrade from XP anyhow. You have to install a fresh copy of windows 7 from the upgrade disk. I believe it will ask for your XP CD and product key during install.
Please see this url -
and look at 'How do I know if I am eligible for this offer?'
Jeff - sometimes cannot see the wood for the trees, I have been looking at that page for a couple of weeks!!!
I think Dave has provided the correct answer
Are you staying up to make sure you get get a copy reserved?
I'm staying up to get my copy. I wonder if it'll be discounted on Amazon? Doubt it but it's worth a try.
I was just reading Jeff's link. Microsoft are very discouraging about upgrading from XP but I think it's because people who know little about computers may just buy it for a 9 year old XP machine and find it won't work.
You apparently have to do a clean install of the E version anyway, maybe something to do with having no built in web browser. I always prefer clean installs anyway. I was going to re-install RC1 at some point but I can just wait now.
Hi Dave - Well the UK site will be going live soon, not sure how soon after that Amazon will be live to take orders. I am hoping all the retailers will switch on there ordering at 12 midnight. Fingers crossed
Kind of agree with what you are saying, and I don't want to get into the politics of E.
For some clean installs work well but for non technicals it isn't quite so straight forward
I'm staying up too, less than 20mins to go!
I do hope there is an option on there to pre-order a stand alone full version of either home or pro e-edtions.
I'm most probably gonna buy through the Microsoft store as I'd like a CD-rom vesion.
Well Minutes left and the MS website has just had a re-boot, still refreshing lots waiting to pre-order :D
Jeff - Pre order speciall offers will be for Windows 7 Home Premium E and Windows 7 Professional E (£49.99 and £99.99* prices may vary etc)
Hi Phil - thats what we are working on right now :)
Good luck to you all with your purchasing! I hope it doesn't take too long :) can't wait till october!
just to let you know we are having some last minute techy gremlins that we are goign through trying to get the site live
I noticed! Amazon just changed to say it's going live 00:00 but it hasn't yet. I guess it'll have to wait for the MS site to get going.