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Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Program – Important Program Dates

The upgrade program concerns upgrade paths from Windows Vista to Windows 7, and basically entails that when you buy a Windows Vista machine after July 1 2009, you will get a free upgrade to Windows 7 once it’s released. The data also confirm a number of versions for Windows 7.

Important Program Dates for the Windows 7 Upgrade Program are listed in the table below. Some dates have not been finalized and will be included at a later date. These dates are marked as to-be-determined (TBD). However, for planning purposes, program eligibility will begin on July 1, 2009.

Program Eligibility Period
– Windows Vista PCs preinstalled with qualifying software must be purchased by end users between these dates.
– OEMs may choose to offer a shorter program period within the allowed date range.

July 1, 2009 through TBD

Program Calculation Period
– The total number of eligible Windows Vista Certificates of Authenticity (COAs) invoiced to an OEM during the Program Calculation Period, multiplied by 20%, determines the number of program upgrade media that can be purchased by OEM through Microsoft ARs.
– End of Program Calculation Period will be 90 days prior to the end of Program Eligibility Period.

April 1, 2009 through TBD

Initial Upgrade Media Fulfillment Date
Date on which OEMs may start shipping upgrade media to Qualifying End Users.

Windows 7 General Availability Date

Final Software Fulfillment Date / Program End Date
– Date by which upgrade media must be shipped for Qualifying End Users’ upgrade orders.
– Microsoft recommends that OEMs establish and communicate to their customers a final submission date to ensure fulfillment by the Program End Date.


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