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Windows 7 Pricing

So here’s the low-down on pricing for Windows 7. The estimated retail prices for upgrade packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium (Upgrade): $119.99
  • Windows 7 Professional (Upgrade): $199.99
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (Upgrade): $219.99

And the estimated retail prices for full packaged retail product of Windows 7 in the U.S. are:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium (Full): $199.99
  • Windows 7 Professional (Full): $299.99
  • Windows 7 Ultimate (Full): $319.99

This means that Windows 7 Home Premium full retail product is $40.00 less than Windows Vista Home Premium today.

* However, if you’re willing to go for an upgrade, and you’re willing to pre-order, you can save 50% (Best Buy and Amazon).
“Windows 7 is coming on October 22, 2009. Here’s an easy way to get it fast and save a bundle: Pre-order a Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $49 or a Windows 7 Professional Upgrade for $99. That’s about half off the estimated retail prices. This offer is available through participating retailers.”

… It seems that we need to send a loud and clear message to Microsoft by jumping on the $50 package and then not buying anything else. (I thought we already did with Vista, but… we’ll have to shout louder I guess.)
I will NOT spend more than $50 on ANY piece of software. Welcome to 2009.

… and no, I will NOT be buying an “upgrade”. I want a clean install.

June 25, 2009 - Posted by | computers, Microsoft, News | , , , ,


  1. I am not planing to upgrade, nor am I planning to buy the whole thing. This will make the computer market price shoot up again. People just will not take it for long. Long live the Free!


    Comment by Kloplop321 | June 25, 2009 | Reply

    • Kloplop321,
      Yes, I really was hoping that Microsoft would “get it” this time around.

      Will users switch to the completely free Linux OS? Clearly, Microsoft is thinking “no”. (At least, not in large numbers) And clearly they’re thinking their new anti-piracy methods will work…

      But this pricing structure is so 1990’s, and out of touch with today’s reality.. it kind of boggles. They had a real opportunity here, I thought.


      Comment by techpaul | June 25, 2009 | Reply

  2. I wondered why TechRepublic did yet another round of “Is Linux finally ready for Prime Time?” articles yesterday…


    Comment by Anonymous | June 25, 2009 | Reply

    • Anonymous,
      Yes… coincidence?


      Comment by techpaul | June 25, 2009 | Reply

  3. Outside the netbook, market where hardware and drivers can be better controlled, I would agree with Microsoft’s assessment of Linux’s chances. I still don’t think linux is quite there yet. Although Apple will probably try to push the price issue to their advantage. Still as bad as the price for Windows 7 is, my opinion is the worst offender still is MS Office (at least for businesses).


    Comment by jgoto | June 26, 2009 | Reply

    • jgoto,
      Agreed; and, agreed.

      I guess to Microsoft, the (recent) decline in market share, having to fire a couple of thousand employees, and negative public opinion are acceptable.

      Seems like a “head in the sand” view of Open Source, piracy/torrents, and the global economy to this lil’ ole country boy, though.


      Comment by techpaul | June 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. TechPaul,

    Their pricing is absolutely ridiculous OR the plan is to push users into buying new PC’s as a crazy way to stimulate the market… I just do not get it. Pricing structure as previously mentioned is 1990’s, when there was not even a 1/3 of the users that there are today. It is all about GREED… This will not go over well and I see XP diehards remaining XP diehards.

    Thank you for bringing this information to us…



    Comment by Ramblinrick | June 26, 2009 | Reply

    • Ramblinrick,
      Well… since there is no direct XP to Windows 7 upgrade path, yes, I agree (or they will get a new machine).

      The fact that you can upgrade to Windows 7 — for a limited time — for $50 is fantastic and I hope people will take advantage. It is Microsoft’s first real step in the right direction inre pricing, IMHO.

      It is the “power users”, hobbyists, and Über Geeks who will squawk and feel the pinch (those who build their own machines, or otherwise insist on clean installs, and are likely to want [and appreciate] the “pro” and “ultimate” editions). Microsoft has a long history of … um, er, under-appreciating this group… maybe because it is relatively small, and as likely to be critical as to be “fanbois”.

      The fact is, I am not alone in my $50 cap. People expect software to be free (or nearly so).

      Now, if Windows 7 could wash and vacuum out my car, give me neck and shoulder massages, and mow my lawn, well, $320 would be a bargain.


      Comment by techpaul | June 26, 2009 | Reply

  5. i’m running win7 rc-1 ultimate now. i will probably buy the key to keep ultimate running when time runs out. i am extremely pleased with win7 and have absolutely no ambitions to returning to xp.


    Comment by g | June 28, 2009 | Reply

    • g,
      I can understand that sentiment entirely.


      Comment by techpaul | June 28, 2009 | Reply

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