Microsoft Windows 7 upgrade program begins July 1

According to a draft announcement leaked to TechArp by a Microsoft OEM partner, the company is planning on allowing users who purchase new PC/laptop hardware (with Vista) from 1st July 2009 onwards, a free upgrade to Windows 7.

The draft states "Windows Vista PCs preinstalled with qualifying software must be purchased by end users between these dates. OEMs may choose to offer a shorter program period within the allowed date range." The dates are 1st July 2009 to general availability of Windows 7 which is currently un-announced.

Upgrade paths are also listed meaning those with Windows Vista Home Premium can upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional and Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate.

  • A language version of the qualifying Windows Vista product can only be upgraded to the same language version of the Windows 7 upgrade software.
  • The Windows Vista product can only be upgraded to the associated edition of the upgrade software. For example, Windows Vista Home Premium K edition can only be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium K edition.
  • OEMs must ship media as defined in these permitted upgrade paths. No other upgrade paths are available and supported under the Program.
  • If an end user attempts to upgrade to an unsupported upgrade path, the end user may have to re-format the PC hard drive and/or may lose applications, files and settings available with the previous installed version of Windows. For example, the following upgrades are not allowed in the program :
    - Upgrades from Windows Vista Home Basic or Windows Vista Starter
    - Upgrades from Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate
    - Upgrades from Windows Vista Business to Windows 7 Ultimate
Microsoft has not officially released information on the upgrade program or final product SKUs and pricing. It's widely expected that Microsoft will confirm the product SKUs at CES this week. For all the latest Microsoft CES news please keep an eye on our CES section.

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I am hoping that they will provide people who bought Vista a cheaper upgrade path to 7 since it is not such a huge leap from Vista to 7 as it was from XP to Vista. Like you could register a retail serial key of Vista on Microsoft's store and get a discount on 7.

I may be wrong about this, but did the Vista upgrade ever include a method of doing a clean install of the OS? The XP upgrade allowed users to do clean installs with just a "media" verification during the install iirc. If you had a Vista upgrade, the user had to do a full Windows XP install prior to installing Vista. If Windows 7 upgrade is the same, it is going to be a pain in the arse to reinstall your operating system. Especially considering Windows XP didn't include a lot of the RAID drivers that required the use of a floppy disk.

I may be (and hope that I am) incorrect on this.

Will Windows 7 OEM discs be available through Newegg as was Vista and XP discs? You couldn't beat that deal. Who needs Microsoft's support when you have awesome internet forums like Neowin?

I think basically because of the Bad Vista Campaign and others like it. There were also a number of real problems when it was first released. The slow copying of files comes to mind. Further, many device makers refused to provide driver upgrades for their products and somehow that translated into a Microsoft issue (i.e. Microsoft's fault).

bluarash said,
I think basically because of the Bad Vista Campaign and others like it. There were also a number of real problems when it was first released. The slow copying of files comes to mind. Further, many device makers refused to provide driver upgrades for their products and somehow that translated into a Microsoft issue (i.e. Microsoft's fault).

Some people are hesitant to change as well - Vista is different from XP in many ways and some people will simply stick with what they know. But now they will have to make the transition over to Win7 once XP loses its support...

I haven't had any issues with Vista either since its release other then the slow copy-file bug that was fixed in SP1.

I think the number one reason why people hate on Vista is that it was too little too late. There are no good reasons for corporations to upgrade from XP to Vista. It would just increase overhead with no real benefits.

The reason why people say Vista is a bad OS at this point comes down to FUD. The whole anti-Vista craze is the best example of FUD to date. The FUD originated from a series of very poor public Betas and RCs that Microsoft released prior to Vista going retail. The retail version of Vista was actually quite good, despite this, but the damage that the betas did to its reputation is unrecoverable.

Basically, this is MS admitting to how bad Vista is. They're saying, "Here people, get rid of that Vista, please!!"

Unfortunately, it took Vista to get to Windows 7. A total rewrite, driver issues, and so forth plagued Vista and give it the bad reputation many people know it for having. It's better now, but Windows 7 is looking to be a much bigger improvement than service packs can offer.

dead.cell said,
Unfortunately, it took Vista to get to Windows 7. A total rewrite, driver issues, and so forth plagued Vista and give it the bad reputation many people know it for having. It's better now, but Windows 7 is looking to be a much bigger improvement than service packs can offer.

cork1958: Why are you spreading crap like this ?
The same upgrade possibilities were offered for computers with XP OEM -> Vista too.
Besides Win7 codebase is also based on Vista.

So by cork's "logic", Microsoft was touting how bad XP was when they offered customers a free upgrade to Vista.

Nice attempt at a comment though. I guess.

cork1958 said,
Basically, this is MS admitting to how bad Vista is. They're saying, "Here people, get rid of that Vista, please!!"

*facepalm*

No, more like this is basically cork1958 showing the world that he doesn't have the foggiest idea wtf he's talking about.

Thanks for the lulz cork!

My teacher told me about this scheme ages ago, I didn't believe her at first but seems she was right (for once :p).

I have Windows Vista Business 64bit version from MSDN account from school. My account will be closed soon, do you think it is possible to upgrade that version from MSDN to Windows 7 Professional 64bit?

jporter said,
I have Windows Vista Business 64bit version from MSDN account from school. My account will be closed soon, do you think it is possible to upgrade that version from MSDN to Windows 7 Professional 64bit?

Highly doubtful, this is sounding like it's for OEM's only.