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Microsoft unveils Windows 7 pricing, upgrade programs

By Jos
Jun 25, 2009
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  1. why are we still worrying about Microsoft, a company who uses the toher guys products(linux) on all their crucial systems?
  2. ChrisDown

    ChrisDown TS Rookie Posts: 125

    Your post reads as simple elitism. It boggles the mind.

    Windows is often faulted by *nix fanboys, but for all that they say about it I have never been deterred from using Windows. It is still a nifty operating system, most of the complaints about Linux working better than windows are simply because the users operating Linux are of a higher technical caliber than the masses that use Windows.

    So why are we still worrying about Microsoft? Simply because the majority of us will still be using their products, whether it be because of compatibility, or because we simply can't stand the elitism and needless overcomplication provided by Linux.
  3. and this is why you will always continue to pay needless amounts of money for only half working os's because your to afraid to look at what the other guy has to offer or to learn there are several distrobutions of linux which cater towards people who don't wanna learn linux. They can be used just like windows, in some cases much easier. So before you comment next time have atleast a partail clue of what your talking about.
  4. If yoyu thing that these prices are to high then you are still living in the great depression. Just take it when you can(which is now)
  5. ChrisDown

    ChrisDown TS Rookie Posts: 125

    I have NetBSD and Debian running on two of my terminals, and have been running them for the past two years. I am well aware of 'what the other guy has to offer'.
  6. Yeah, and if you only upgrade to "professional" you have to do a clean install (you have to re-install everything). Basically you get screwed if you bought Vista Ultimate.
  7. For people that have Vista Ultimate - no discount

  8. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    So, what other half is Windows missing? :\

    LOL. This is completely untrue. I really like Linux... I *use* Linux... But as soon as you need to edit a config file, its usability is out the window for most people.

    To do anything worthwhile, you have to elevate yourself to root. On most distros, that means cracking open a terminal and use something like gksudo/kdesu to launch some text editor or doing it 100% terminal style with something like sudo vim (LOL, good luck mom!) or sudo nano.

    While you're at it, try telling your mom *how* and *why* she has to edit the /etc/fstab file because can't execute programs off of her USB drive or what she needs to do to get her broadcom wifi chip working... Her eyes will gloss over.

    Most of Linux's shortcomings can be solved by better support from manufacturers and developers (installers that automate the process). But with so many distros, a number of base distros (Debian, Slackware etc..) and desktop managers to configure your module or application installer for, most Windows developers would *choose* not to switch. Hell, to even install ./firefox, you still have to open the terminal. As long as Linux doesn't get away from this behavior, it will never be the right choice for 'most' people.
  9. Toppler

    Toppler TS Rookie

    I just tried doing the purchase of windows 7 as an upgrade. However it requires proof of purchase of the vista operating system between the specific upgrade months (i believe now until like October) So really we don't get it free unless we just bought vista for some dumb reason.
  10. What about the UK? The poor cousin again!!!!!
  11. spikester48661

    spikester48661 TS Enthusiast Posts: 103

    I used windows 7RC its ok.But not paying $200 for a full 7 disc.I,ll be useing XP sp3 for a long time to come... microsoft can pay me to use windows 7.. long live XP and linux!!!!!!
     
  12. Windows 7 is So much better than Vista. been beta testing since early stages. would buy now BUT..

    Microsoft are still money grabbing as the US offer is $49.99 for Home and $99.99 for pro and the same offer for UK users is Suprise Suprise £49.99 and £99.99 which works out as $82.25 and $164.51 at todays rates. and thats without adding taxes which in the E.U adds 20% to the price as they are based in Ireland.

    So glad I have an american email address and po.box.

    Do Microsoft think were "soft" or just dont know how to use the internet and a currency converter.

    Great product!!.. " Stupid" owners..
  13. The thing is windows 7 ultimate only has bitlocker and the language programs over windows 7 pro this is there going back to basics moto they have been trying to get out there. Its like xp and xp pro there trying to loose the ultimate promises as they put it so im running windows vista ultimate 64bit and i will upgrade to windows 7 pro for 100 bucks and it will give eveything i have in vista .
  14. Its very shameful of Microsoft not to offer Vista Ultimate users any kind of a deal to seal the wounds of spending all that $$$$$ just for some lousy applications called "Extras" in the Microsoft language. All Vista Ultimate users are very much enraged by not even being offered a discount like the Home Premium and Business users. A lot of Vista Ultimate users, myself included, are starting to stare at MAC and thinking about leaving the PC. Microsoft better do something before its too late...
  15. luvhuffer

    luvhuffer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 638

    AH HA HA HA HA HA! All these pricing games/options are giving me an option headache.
  16. wow guys i think the pricing is way reasonable. the pricing is fairly close to vista pricing and if u havent tried the RC1 yet, then u dont know what ur missing. the only issue i have had is finding good antivirus support for windows 7. other than that finding drivers has not been easier. besides did they even offer a discount from xp to vista.
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