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Legal ways to get Windows 7 cheap or even FREE

Ed Bott offers an excellent guide to getting Windows 7 on cheap possible “Only suckers pay retail” If you’ve read any reviews of Windows 7, you’ve seen references to its price list, which ranges from $120 for a Home Premium upgrade to $320 for a fully licensed copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. Well, guess what? You don’t have to pay that much. Here’re some options:

  • Up to 55% off: Windows Anytime Upgrade (Expires: Never) – Who’s eligible: Anyone running Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, or Professional – If you custom-build a new PC, you can choose exact Windows 7 OEM edition you want on it. OEMs get best pricing, so this’s usually your best option. But if you purchase a preconfigured PC from an online or local retailer, you get whatever edition of Windows they chose to install on it.
  • Up to 58% Off: Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack (Expires: “Limited time offer” with no specific expiration date) – Who’s eligible: Any multi-PC household (international) – If you’ve two or more PCs in your home and you want to upgrade them to Windows 7, this deal is for you.
  • Up to 50% Off: Buy a new PC, upgrade your old PC for half off (Expires: January 2, 2010) – Who’s eligible: Anyone who buys a new PC with Windows 7 from a participating retailer – Microsoft has publicized this deal on its website
  • Annual subscription: TechNet Plus $349 (Expires: No expiration date) – Who’s eligible: Anyone (international)
  • Annual subscription: Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) $699 (Expires: No expiration date) – Who’s eligible: Anyone (international)

Full Article: ZDNet

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