Got classroom? Upgrade to Windows 7 for only $30

September 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Posted in Microsoft | Leave a comment

On Friday, Microsoft announced that special pricing for the Windows 7 OS will be available to college and university students. From today (you can pre-order now for download on Oct 22nd) until January 3, 2010, students can buy an upgrade version of either Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional for only $29.99.

So far, this offer has only been rolled out to students in the U.S. But according to Microsoft, they’re expanding the offer, in October, to include students attending schools in the U.K. (£30), Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Korea and Mexico.

To check your eligibility for the offer or to place an order, go to Before ordering, you’ll have to perform two tasks:

  1. Verify that your educational institution qualifies you for the offer.
  2. Download Windows Upgrade Advisor (Beta) to verify that your computer can be upgraded.

The Windows 7 product is provided as a download that you access through your educational institution. For an additional $13, you can order the OS on CD-ROM. Vista allows you to do an in-place upgrade to Windows 7; earlier operating systems do not. If you’ll be upgrading an XP machine, you will need to back up your files, do a clean install of Windows 7, and reinstall your applications and transfer your files; for this, having the physical media will probably be required.

TechNet has rolled out a number of resources on the XP-to-7 upgrade procedure:

One final note: if you’re currently a student, you may already be eligible to download free Microsoft software (including versions of Windows 7) through the MSDN Academic Alliance (MSDNAA). Check the Academic Resources for Students page or your own university for more information.

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