Official: Windows 7 Australian pricing announced, see how it compares to Vista

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Official: Windows 7 Australian pricing announced, see how it compares to Vista

Windows 7 is out in less than four months, and now we finally now how much it will cost you, and what you need to know about Microsoft's Windows 7 upgrade promotion

If you've been debating whether or not to try out Windows 7 Release Candidate 1 on your system, here's a piece of news that should help make up your mind: Australian pricing.

The good news is that the costs are pretty similar to buying Windows Vista. Windows 7 Ultimate's RRP is $30 more (Upgrade) or $20 more (Full version) than the equivalent Vista product, but a full version of Windows 7 Home Premium works out $50 cheaper than Vista Home Premium.

Windows 7 pricing nitty gritty

Upgrade pricing:

  • Home Premium $199
  • Professional $399
  • Ultimate $429

Full Version pricing

  • Home Premium $299
  • Professional $449
  • Ultimate $469

Windows 7 Upgrade Promotion

If you buy a new computer with Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate any time between now and 31 January 2010, you can upgrade to Windows 7 for nothing, or for a small cost, thanks to a special Microsoft promotion.

The upgrade can be redeemed from October 22, when Windows 7 is released, until 28 February 2010.

Take care though: only certain PCs are eligible for the promotion.Check in-store stickers on PCs before you purchase and visiting to check if the system you are planning to buy . You can also asking in-store if a system is eligible for the Windows 7 Upgrade.

Each manufacturer will have their own steps that you'll need to complete before getting the upgrade. Microsoft also notes that some manufacturers may only provide the upgrade option for a shorter period, so we'd sugggest you get all the facts before you buy.

HP has already announced that it's participating: customers who purchase qualifying HP PCs, starting today, will receive a free(1) upgrade to Windows 7 when it becomes available in October. HP customers can go online to check for Windows 7 upgrade eligibility. Upgrade kits will be shipped after October 22, with a step-by-step guide for installation at their convenience.

Also see our guide to The 30 best features of Windows 7

Also see our series, Windows 7 The Complete Guide:
Part 12:
Windows 7, the complete guide: How Windows 7 can lock down your business
Part 11:
Designed for Touch
Part 10:  Wireless that works
Part 9:
Turbo Boost your laptop
Part 8
: Hunting down those missing files
Part 7: Good news for gamers?
Part 6: Blu-Ray and displays
Part 5: The new XP mode
Part 4: Playing DivX and XviD files
Part 3: Will your PC actually boot any quicker?
Part 2: Raw performance benchmarks
Part 1: Good news for gamers?



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