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Microsoft offers $30 Windows 7 upgrades to students

By Jos · 39 replies
Sep 17, 2009
  1. In little over a month, Windows 7 will officially launch starting at $120 and $200 for their respective Upgrade and Full versions. If you're a college or university student, however, Microsoft has a much sweeter deal in store. Starting today through January 3 next year, anyone with a valid .edu email address can purchase the upgrade version of either Windows 7 Home Premium or Professional for just $29.99.

    Read the whole story
  2. sweet deal.. thanks microsoft!
  3. How do these upgrade versions work? Right now I'm using Windows 7 RC, which I know I can't use to upgrade from, but I have an old computer with a Windows XP license sticker on the back, could I use that code to activate an upgrade edition of Windows 7?
  4. HaMsTeYr

    HaMsTeYr TS Guru Posts: 377   +6

    The article is actually quite misleading in itself until you have a read through it...
    From my understanding from reading, its pretty much just buying a new copy for 30 bucks if you're a student with a .edu email o.o
    From the topic i actually thought that it was an upgrade you pay for 30 if you just got a machine with vista or something... D:
    Still, i don't see why microsoft can't have the key work for both the 32 and 64 bit versions.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,546   +430

    Man this is good news, I wanted to get 7, but didn't jump on any of the preorder stuff for $50 or whatever it was. Now I can get it even cheaper!
  6. But you know, I can't seem to find how to order the professional version of Windows 7 on the website. I can only get Home Premium. Any ideas on how to get Professional like it says in the article?
  7. Punkid

    Punkid TS Guru Posts: 422   +9

    great news !!!! its pretty cheap
  8. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    well $30 is not £30, ive seen alot of UK tech based websites reporing this story, and putting it at £30, $30 is £18 (Figure correct when I converted using the currect rate), I would happily pay £2 shipping to get it £10 cheaper!
  9. I tried to order also and there is no option for the PRO version only HOME PREMIUM whats the deal Techspot????
  10. A very good buisness idea from Microsoft.Why? Because Mircosoft knows that it is mostly students who goes to P2P or Torrents to get copies of their products. I'm sure no student will hoop off for such copies when a geniune copy is there for just $29.99.
  11. tcharp

    tcharp TS Rookie

    The article states that the offer will be available on October 22. Seeing as that date is still more than a month away, perhaps the website will be updating by that time.
  12. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Booster Posts: 143

    Hmm.. interesting. Now I am debating canceling my $50 preorder to get this $30 version instead, but then again, I may need a second copy for my laptop anyway. If they are truly planning on offering the pro version, this is a no-brainer. I don't think they will though.
  13. IanDSamson

    IanDSamson TS Rookie Posts: 29

    The article says "anyone with a valid .edu email address". Really? How does anyone prove to be a student when the professors and other such entities at universities all have .edu e-mail addresses. This is undue favoritism.
  14. Jos

    Jos TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 3,073   +97

    You must first apply for eligibility here... I assume afterwards you'll get the option of pre-ordering either the Home Premium or Professional version:

    Read more here.

    There's also a FAQ at https://windows7.digitalriver.com/s...on=DisplayHelpPage&Locale=en_US&SiteID=mswpus with all the details regarding the promotion.
  15. Docnoq

    Docnoq TS Booster Posts: 143

    Ah ha! I found the Professional link. Once you get the confirmation email and click the link, you should see a yellow strip in the middle of your page that says "Need to join your school's network domain? Click here." If you click that link, it will pop up the page with Windows 7 Professional for $29.99.
  16. This decision by Microsoft to lower it’s introductory price for Windows 7 is the best and most progressive thinking I have heard from Microsoft Corp for a very long time.

    I wish them well with their market approach with this new software release. Let us also hope that the gremlins that plagued Vista are nowhere around when it comes to the use of this product.

    I just wish I was a Student again, then I could get a bargain too.

    Signed Carl Barron Chairman of agpcuk
  17. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,271   +520

    I'm willing to be it has a lot to do with the Snow Leopard pricing. Still, I think it's a win for everyone.
  18. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,546   +430

    Traditionally thats how it works, sometimes things are reported as "student" discount, but almost always they are "educational" discounts. Same thing works with educational discount on apple hardware, anyone with an edu.
  19. guyver1

    guyver1 TS Booster Posts: 110

    So this offer if not available to EU/UK people??
    great :(
  20. This is not as sweet as it seems. Microsoft has always provided a reduced rate for students for every operating system. I have been a student for 7 years and I am in graduate school. To show you what I mean here is how much I paid for each operating system:

    XP Pro: $7
    Vista Business: $15
    Vista Ultimage: $15
    and now!
    Windows 7: $30

    And the next windows for students will be $45 or $60 probably?
  21. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,271   +520

    That pricing is based on what kind of License Agreement your university has with Microsoft - this deal has nothing to do with that. At my current job we make Vista Enterprise available (yes, right now) to our students for free if they don't need burned media and for a minimal media charge (I think $5) if they want it burned for them. We also have a decent Campus License Agreement to be able to offer that - but it's a very expensive agreement. We also do the same for Office 2007 and 2008 - and for the same prices, so yes it is a very good deal if your University doesn't have this type of license.
  22. What about Canadian students???
  23. Windows 7 Professional is free for University of Malta students (at least the I.T. Students) amongst other Microsoft products such as Visual Studio 2008.
  24. Ballmer panicked of the Mac OS X prices and reduced Windows 7 prices.
    To upgrade to windows7 read, http://www.goospoos.com/2009/09/all-in-one-guide-to-windows-7-upgrade/
  25. Having contributed to the Gates coffers for 20 years, and been ripped off every time, I am well ****** off at this. Hey Windows 7 seems to be the FIRST Windows product which is largely bug free (have I spoken too soon). It is MY money which has financed this transition at the end of the day. Without me (and millions of others I admit) then Microsoft wouldn't have got where they have ,and avoided prosecution for fraud and supply of unfit goods through their highly one-sided EULA

    I have pre-ordered and no I cannot get an edu address. Too old,.
    So yet again I am charged over the odds. Gates clearly despises his long term customers.

    IF Microsoft can afford this largesse then they should be able to afford it for everyone - not just students and academic staff. Disgusting
    Bewick UK
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