Free Windows Vista to Windows 7 Upgrades

windows 7 startup boot screenAccording to Tech ARP, Microsoft has been drafting a plan that will allow some Windows Vista users to upgrade to the next version of Windows, Windows 7, for free.

This upgrade plan, which is temporarily named “The Windows 7 Upgrade Program,” is being developed in order to “assist Microsoft’s OEM partners in minimizing the number of end users who may postpone acquiring a new computer because of the impending release of the Windows 7 operating system. This program allows OEMs to offer an upgrade to Windows 7 to end users who qualify.”

While plans and drafts have been developing since December 10, 2008, there is still no official word on the exact eligibility rules. However, according to a draft, eligibility will apply as follows and a requirement must be met before you are eligible.

End users must purchase a new PC that is pre-installed with an eligible Windows Vista Operating System (OS), during the program eligibility window.

The PC must have a valid Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached.

The only Windows Vista® versions eligible for the program are :

  1. Windows Vista® Home Premium
  2. Windows Vista® Business
  3. Windows Vista® Ultimate

* Microsoft Windows Vista® Home Basic, Windows Vista® Starter Edition, and Windows® XP (all editions) are not qualifying products under the program.

The Program does not support multiple upgrades for medium, large, or enterprise customers. Customers that want to upgrade multiple PCs should use the appropriate Microsoft Volume Licensing program. See www.microsoft.com/licensing for more details.

The following are the only valid upgrade paths under the program :

  1. Windows Vista® Home Premium -> Windows® 7 Home Premium
  2. Windows Vista® Business -> Windows® 7 Professional
  3. Windows Vista® Ultimate -> Windows® 7 Ultimate

For those of us who forked out the cash to buy Windows Vista Ultimate, it looks like we are getting the shaft end of the deal to the extreme. If the program is revised and Vista Ultimate users are allowed an upgrade then I will continue to support Microsoft with future releases. However, if I am forced to purchase Windows 7 after having purchased Vista Ultimate with absolutely no benefits then I plan to simply boycott Microsoft. (Period).

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    Why the hell are us Vista users, who bought a PC configured with it with no choice to get XP in the first place and didnt even know what Vista was going to do to us, going to have to pay for what really is an Update not an Upgrade!?
    I dont have money to throw around just to get something that i should have gotten in the 1st place with my notebook! This is retard. i really think that Microsoft is screwing us all over and that we (Vista Users) should do something about it. Its not fair that just the people that buy a new PC that comes with Vista should get the free “Update” later on the year. It ridiculous, the only reason that M$ is “giving away” the “Upgrade” to the people that buy a new PC starting July 1st is that they dont what to lose money and what pisses me off the most is that what they are basically saying is that Windows 7 is more of an Update not and Upgrade. Apple is a lot more expensive but they did give away some of there OS’s for free without asking their customers for money! They didn’t do what M$ is doing by making betas and RCs and then just giving a certain group within months of its release the UPGRADE for free!
    I guess what I’m basically saying in short is that we should boycott M$ until we get what we deserve.

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