Microsoft: Students to get Windows 7 for £30/$30

Microsoft has taken the wraps off an amazing offer for UK and US students today.

Students in the UK and US with a valid email address (an email address given by the college or university, e.g. name@leeds.ac.uk) will be able to purchase Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional (upgrade versions) for £30 and $30 respectively. The offer will run until 3 January 2010 when the prices will revert to normal.

Microsoft confirmed the offer in an email to Neowin, "students will benefit from many of Windows 7's unique functions and applications which make PC's easier, simpler and more fun to use. For those students who have the latest laptops with touch screen technology, Windows 7 comes with enhanced capabilities for an enriched touch experience, allowing a more direct and natural way to work – it's also perfect for netbooks. Other features include remote media streaming, improved gaming experience, enhanced security and integration of Windows Media Centre for more central and convenient management of music, movies and photos."

To take part in this offer please see more information at the Windows UK Student Offer site or the Windows US Student Offer site.

Update: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Korea and Mexico will also have similar offers but exact pricing varies by market. Details will follow.

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Hello. I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium (x64?) but I am confused if I'll be able to do this upgrade. If so, will I lose everything on my computer as if when reinstalling Windows, or will everything I already have still be there? I've never done an "Upgrade" before, so this process seems a little confusing to me.

Sweet. Ever since my college's MSDNAA access got terminated without notice, we've been without any options regarding Windows. This will help tremendously...

I put in an order. It said I have to wait to get a confirmation, didn't even actually verify my CC details at the moment. It feels weird, seems like they save those details and process it manually? Did it took a while to receive order confirmation for someone?

The "install Vista first" thing could be a problem for some, especially as time goes on.

I found that I cannot install Vista gold-master on my PC without removing a troublesome internal device. SP1 and SP2 install fine. However, if all I had was gold-master media, it would make an annoying reinstall doubly awkward.

What a lame offer.. Shame on you Microsoft. You're prototype of greedy, western corporation. This price should have been for EVERYBODY who owns ANY version of Vista. Or give Vista users at least some serious discount.

Just checked the UK site.... er... i'm not sure their webcoding is as good as it used to be: XD

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Having a page refresh every 0.1 seconds nearly crashed my Firefox...

Hopefully the site will be up soon though its a damn'd good offer. I'll forward it around our department when term starts and when the site is online.

leesmithg said,
Where does it say it's an upgrade edition, I don't see it written on the UK website?

The website says:

"only eligible to college and university students with a valid .EDU email address (an email address given by the college or university, for example: Suzanne@leeds.ac.uk ), a PC that is currently running a genuine copy of Windows Vista or Windows XP and can run Windows 7."

This is what the upgrade version is, the install requires that you have a previous Windows version... Vista or XP

toufas said,

could he tell us if we could insert our vista cdkey and install 7 without vista installed at all?

No... Microsoft's upgrades either ask for the previous version's media or require it be installed already.

GreyWolfSC said,

No... Microsoft's upgrades either ask for the previous version's media or require it be installed already.


the media is obsolete here though, as the verification is down to the key and not to the disc in the drive.
if i can put my vista key from a clean install its ok. the installing vista first part is what is bothering me.

GreyWolfSC said,

No... Microsoft's upgrades either ask for the previous version's media or require it be installed already.


but that means i could have a copy of vista (with a not legit key) and i could install it just fine

From asking around on a few forums, I'm pretty sure you need to have an activated/validated Vista installed before you can use the W7 Upgrade.

I think this is a good thing for MS because with students, it's either, they get it with their new laptop or they pirate their copy. NOW, at only 30 pounds / dollars people might actually buy it :)

I know I would...

It's a deal, it's a steal it's the sale of the ********century.

I can't believe I am reading all that whining.

£30 is cheap, plus probably £8 for P&P, £38 for a full version of Windows 7 Professional?

I am glad my fiancée is doing her Doctorate pre course (educational enquiry), which means she has a qualifying academic email address.

At my university, only science and engineering students can have access to MSDNAA. I guess students of the arts don't use operating systems, Word, PowerPoint, or Excel (sarcasm).

My son goes to university up in the Northern Michigan area. How do you find out wether his University offers these at reduced prices..or free keys?

so, as this is a confirmed upgrade as a friend from us ordered them and it said : Through the Digital River Windows 7 Offer, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade and Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade will be available for students to pre-order starting on September 17th, 2009.
Do i need to have vista installed in order to upgrade? i wouldnt want to fill my system with not needed stuff from vista.

toufas said,
so, as this is a confirmed upgrade as a friend from us ordered them and it said : Through the Digital River Windows 7 Offer, Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade and Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Upgrade will be available for students to pre-order starting on September 17th, 2009.
Do i need to have vista installed in order to upgrade? i wouldnt want to fill my system with not needed stuff from vista.

You can have it format your computer if you want to.

Only thing I'm noticing about this is that you only get 32-bit OR 64-bit whereas with the $50 upgrade places were running a while back you get both. That said, $30 for 64-bit Premium isn't a bad deal, even $43 with the backup DVD is pretty good.

My uni email address is still valid, even though I graduated 2 years ago - I still use it on a daily basis. Might give it a try.

Is it home premium only ? Because in the article it says Home premium or professional. I would prefer professional but I see only home premium.

sweetsam said,
Is it home premium only ? Because in the article it says Home premium or professional. I would prefer professional but I see only home premium.

Should be a link that says "Need to join your school's network domain? Click here" at the bottom.

awesome, i dont have a student email address though, so i have to wait to get a verified email from them, i attached a pic of my student ID.

whats the differences between home premium and pro?

I just got the copy, its only an downloadable copy, and the backup dvd cost 13 dollars more. So in total it cost me 43$ still pretty cheap, but expected it to come with the dvd.

my .edu email is still active (just finished), and the site recognizes the email as valid... but im not receiving the email

When you click on the link from the email, there will be a yellow bar at the bottom of the page that says: Need to join school's network domain? Click here

When you click the link, it gives you the option for the professional version at the same price.

Steffan said,
When you click on the link from the email, there will be a yellow bar at the bottom of the page that says: Need to join school's network domain? Click here

When you click the link, it gives you the option for the professional version at the same price.


Thank you very much

I wouldn't want the upgrade version though :/
Shame I can't take my copy of Vista into a store, pay the upgrade price and come out with a new copy of Win 7.

This would be awesome! Quite cheap and quite happy to see MS taking some strong initiatives for a change! Hope its not much more than $30 in Canada.

this is a really nice development MS, the pricing will definitely make Win7 sell more. i imagine most students have Vista Home Premium, so they might end up doing an in-place upgrade. i'd be sure to spread the good news.

I wonder.. I'm enrolled in an external program with UoL so I have the university address, but physically I'm not in the UK. Can I trick them into selling me the discounted upgrade version?

I think the email is the important part - however they may not send to out of the UK. But you could get it sent to someone you know who could send it on.

mad_onion said,
well, this is only a upgrade copy while your pre order is a full retail copy. just bear that in mind.

I though the pre-order specials are upgrade medias

Not in the UK they're not! Because of the mess with the 'E' versions, they decided to honour their initial offer of the full retail version.

Yep, pre orders in the UK are full retail. (The E version required a clean install and so upgrades weren't available) £50 full retail

All students in Belgium in nearly any school can get a lot of software legally and at a highly reduced price at www.academicdownload.be (sponsored by Microsoft)

My uni has MSDNAA and i just logged in... Windows 7 Pro is there - its FREE! (Its full RTM iso) Im downlading it now and have got the key from there too. Being a student rocks...

Any word on what will happen to students wanting to upgrade (in-place) to Windows 7, from Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit? Is it possible to update to Windows 7 Professional from Windows Vista Ultimate?

YES! finally a student discount that I can get through college! We dont have any discounts on subscriptions or software anywhere. But I do have a college email address, heck yeah.

The uni I'll be attending has an MSDNAA subscription anyway so I should be able to get most of the software, including Windows 7, for free.

The ending is no the important part, as long as the email is and educational one provided by the College or University it should be valid, for example it says .ac.uk.

I think this deal is for the upgrade version only.

I say that because of this line 'a PC that is currently running a genuine copy of Windows Vista or Windows XP and can run Windows 7.' and the fact that at £30 it seems a little cheap for a full version.

That's true...but then they also sell Office 2007 Ultimate edition for £40 to students all year round, which is a ridiculous saving.

well almost all year round. It ended on June 30 and starts again this month lol. but you see my point....huge savings to be made

Students don't really get Windows 7 for 30. They get the right to use Windows 7. That's a really different thing. Once they are not student anymore they can't use it anymore. When someone GETS Windows he can use it as long as he wants.

Anyway most big schools here have a contract with MS and provide Microsoft softwares for free to their students.

Er...have you seen the link? It says you "buy" Windows 7 HP or Pro...not the "right to use"...they couldn't just break your copy of Windows 7 as soon as you stopped being a student...

LaP said,
Students don't really get Windows 7 for 30. They get the right to use Windows 7. That's a really different thing. Once they are not student anymore they can't use it anymore. When someone GETS Windows he can use it as long as he wants.

Anyway most big schools here have a contract with MS and provide Microsoft softwares for free to their students.

WTF... some people really just see what they want to see don't they?? HOW THE HELL have u made the assumption lol.

How would they enforce that, i'm not technically a student until September but I can still use the software I downloaded through dreamspark.

Well any time you buy software you are paying for the license or "right" to use it but there is no way they will stop you from using it when you finish school. It's just good marketing since students don't have a lot of cash and might not otherwise upgrade or they will just pirate it. Selling legit copies cheap will get many of those people to just buy it and avoid the hassles of getting a cracked version to run.

'a PC that is currently running a genuine copy of Windows Vista or Windows XP and can run Windows 7.'

does that mean i cant get it? since my computer is running windows 7 RC1, and i built it myself without an OS.

daiv_ said,
'a PC that is currently running a genuine copy of Windows Vista or Windows XP and can run Windows 7.'

does that mean i cant get it? since my computer is running windows 7 RC1, and i built it myself without an OS.

I reckon it just means if you're computer is compatible with either of those then you can run Windows 7. Fingers crossed this will be £30 for a full retail copy.

I hope it's a retail and not an upgrade. Because they really confused everyone about the Upgrade in the EU. I ordered Pro from Amazon for £90, so I think I'll get this.

maybe you need the vista/xp machine because its an upgrade then.

theyre not very clear about this, i dont want to be buying that thinking its a full copy to be presented a disk thats useless untill i install vista.

It sound's like it this year's version of "The Ultimate Steal", where Microsoft offered Office and Vista Ultimate for a cheap price, in which case, it will most likely be an upgrade copy.

Jeff_MSWindows said,
It's an upgrade copy.

Upgrade copies are so damn annoying. I remember this in the XP days, when I had to install another OS, before I could install XP, because I got a new hdd. Why does Microsoft restrict people who actually buy their OS so much.

cakesy said,
Upgrade copies are so damn annoying. I remember this in the XP days, when I had to install another OS, before I could install XP, because I got a new hdd. Why does Microsoft restrict people who actually buy their OS so much.

Apple sells upgrade copies of Snow Leopard as well, don't they?

GreyWolfSC said,
Apple sells upgrade copies of Snow Leopard as well, don't they?

Yes, but it's an upgrade LICENSE. I was able to install Snow Leopard without an OS on my Mac, and since I have a Leopard license I was able to install without upgrading

The UK is getting some really good offers for Windows 7 which is pretty surprising given their history of ripping us off.

lee26 said,
The UK is getting some really good offers for Windows 7 which is pretty surprising given their history of ripping us off.

This!

I'm pretty sure my uni doesn't...at least for non-computer science courses anyway. So this price is amazing!!

I'll be selling the two copies of Home Premium I bought at £45 then :P

I might as well go for Professional right?

kingbob said,
At Penn State all students have access to MSDNAA. We each get two licenses for 7 Professional (one 32bit, one 64bit) :D

Same here at the University of Minnesota but they also added 32bit and 64bit chinese giving us two more serials! You can use those serials on the english version, too!

I just purchased Win 7 32 bit Ultimate upgrade at University of Texas for $34 + tax + student ID

64 bit edition won't be arriving for a few more days

Although it's an upgrade disc, I'm going to see if I can make it pull a clean install