It’s official: There will be no upgrade path with the Windows 7 E versions! So you can only do a clean install if you want to run Windows 7 in Europe. This will effect only the Windows Vista users, because everybody who is still running Windows XP already don’t have an upgrade path! 🙂
Upgrade Option Program
Customers who buy a new computer (from Friday June 26th) will get an offer to receive a free upgrade from Windows. You can only get a free copy (retailer could charge a small fee) if you buy your pc from a participating manufacturer. This upgrade program runs from June 26th, 2009 – January 31st, 2010.
From June 26th customers in the United States, Canada or Japan (Japan until July 5th) can pre-oder Windows 7 for a discounted price, from July 15th Pre-ordering will become available in the United Kingdom, France and Germany (till August 14th).
|Version||Retail Price||Pre-Order Price||Difference|
|Home Premium||$ 119.99||$ 49.99||– $ 70|
|Professional||$ 199.99||$ 99.99||– $ 100|
Uprade / Full version prices
|Upgrade||Windows 7 Home Premium||$ 119.99|
|Windows 7 Professional||$ 199.99|
|Windows 7 Ultimate||$ 219.99|
|Full Version||Windows 7 Home Premium||$ 199.99|
|Windows 7 Professional||$ 299.99|
|Windows 7 Ultimate||$319.99|
The prices are estimate prices and are in US Dollars