Leaked Best Buy memo reveals Windows 7 Upgrade pricing?

Earlier this week Microsoft finally confirmed to the world that Windows 7 will hit general availability October 22nd, a date in which we've all been waiting for. Now that we know the date, our next question is what will Windows 7 cost consumers? Apparently Best Buy has the answer to that question, as Engadget is reporting that a leaked memo has revealed the upgrade plans for Windows 7.

According to the image above, Best Buy will offer customers to order a Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49.99 and Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for $99.99. As far as I'm concerned this is going to give a huge break to today's consumers as they are tightening their pocket books in order to prevail through these tough economic times. So is this really cheaper than Windows Vista? Let's examine the costs.

When Windows Vista was launched back in November of 2006, the upgrade options and pricing were: Windows Vista Home Premium Upgrade $129.95 and Vista Business Upgrade was $199.95. With that in mind users who are upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 are going to be saving between 60 and 50% this time around. Now if this is legitimate, I think it's time to say that the tech world and blogosphere alike are fixing to applause Microsoft for making the right decision.

Looking at the memo a bit further it appears that Best Buy is going to presale select Windows 7 SKUs on BestBuy.com starting June 26th, so start saving those pennies!

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texasghost said,
Let's remember..these are upgrades...

You want the FULL version? Expect to pay double the upgrade price.

$100 for Home Premium and $200 for Professional is still pretty fair, given how much Vista was at launch (in some places).

Some months ago I had a discussion with some Neowinians here and I was VERY criticized even by Brandon Live about the Windows pricing. I hope now that I was right about this move from Microsoft, I can then be recognized by that. lol
I just hope MS is successful with this, because then I can show off.

Hope to see a full version price soon, can't stand the thought of "upgrading" from a previous OS package anyway, and the mess that ensues.

Meh, I doubt it will be cheap here in Australia if anything I'm expecting it to cost more. Oh how MS loves to rip off Australia...(we often get more ripped off then the Europeans and we just accept it!! )

One other scenario I'm waiting to hear back on: I bought a Dell laptop last year with Vista Ultimate installed. I'm very curious as to whether Microsoft will have a special program for Ultimate upgrades. And, for that matter, what Dell is going to offer their customers.

I've been running the RC on said laptop since its release, and it's worked flawlessly.

No, if you try to do a clean install (i.e. boot from the install DVD) with an upgrade key it won't accept the key. However, if you run the installer from Windows* you should be able to perform a clean install from there with an upgrade key. This is my understanding, so I'm not 100% it's correct?

* = this is how people got around that limitation with Vista, install it first with no product key and then do an upgrade install on top of that with your upgrade key and it worked a treat (till MS patched it that is)

I hope the ultimate steal will offer Ultimate (not upgrade) to students for the same pricing as they currently do for Vista $65 / £40

Its been a while since I have used an "upgrade" disk. I still find this confusing and maybe misleading.
Will the upgrade disk allow you to do a clean install of Windows 7 if you have Vista installed? Or just an in place upgrade.

I feel like in this day in age there should not be and upgrade and full disk, just one full install disk at the upgrade price

Since the new approach to upgrading an OS was introduced by Vista (and exists in 7) there is no longer any advantage whatsoever to a clean install vs. an upgrade.

That dogma has been outdated for about 5 years now.

But if you want to do the trick mentioned above, that will work to do a clean install with an upgrade disc, yes.

You are 100% completely wrong here. Please stop making such baseless assertions since the facts do not bear you out here...at all.

jjrambo said,
I haven't seen any successfull upgrade from XP to Vista. Sooner or later user is forced to reformat everything cause too many things are broken you don't really see but ****s up performance especially in games

are you from a parallel universe? your theories don't check out on this planet!

I will definetly be picking this up. I saved like $500 for Windows 7, but if its that cheap, ill do it for all 4 of my computers.

I'm curious as to whether or not the retail copies will allow activation on more than one computer (up to 3 or so).

Well good for MS...... with this economy, there's no way they could get away with raping the customer as much as they did with vista...

Frank Fontaine said,
Well hopefully even people who complained about the price will now be silenced. Microsoft are clearly working to mend bridges with 7

Lets be honest people who complained about the price of Vista had very good reasons to do so.

If this is true i'm happy to hear it and will definately pre-order Windows 7 and install it as soon as possible.

I'll keep my money and run and just update my computer through synaptic :D

Next time a new version of my OS comes out, I will just download the ISO and burn it, for free, legally.

mmmmmm, Linux is good.

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