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Get Windows 7 for £30

Get Windows 7 for £30

Microsoft has announced a special offer for Windows 7 to entice students in UK universities and colleges to upgrade.

Microsoft has announced that it will offer Windows 7 Home Premium pre-orders to UK university students for just £30 from 1 October.

The software giant says the offer is designed to coincide with the start of the new academic year and will enable university students to upgrade to the latest operating system.

The offer is open to any UK student with a valid university or college email address (i.e. an email address ending in .ac.uk) and will expire on 3 January 2010, at which time the costs will revert to their normal prices.

Students "will benefit from many of Windows 7's unique functions and applications which make PCs easier, simpler and more fun to use," said Microsoft in a statement.

The company added that there will also be a special promotional price for Windows 7 Professional as well, but hasn't said how much thus far. We were unable to reach Microsoft for further comment at the time of publication. Details will presumably pop up on the Student pre-order website nearer to the offer's start date.

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Veles 17th September 2009, 15:50 Quote
Well cock, I had pre-ordered it already with Tesco and they take payment immediately, oh well, was only £5 more.
smc8788 17th September 2009, 15:50 Quote
Cool, I'll probably pick myself up another copy since I've already got one pre-ordered for £40. I assume it'll only be one copy per student?
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Originally Posted by Veles
Well cock, I had pre-ordered it already with Tesco and they take payment immediately, oh well, was only £5 more.

It doesn't matter if they've already taken payment, you can still ring them up and cancel it (the Tesco Direct site is crap and doesn't allow you to cancel orders yourself) since they haven't shipped it yet, or any time before the 7 day period you're entitled to in the DSR.
Shepps 17th September 2009, 15:52 Quote
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£30 for either Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional.
From the ms page in the article, £30 for professional? Hmm!
Skiddywinks 17th September 2009, 15:55 Quote
Jesus, I'm going to have to buy this. £30 is too good a price for an OS that I actually enjoy using, and use everyday.
steveo_mcg 17th September 2009, 15:56 Quote
Bah the wifes just finished...
Sir Digby 17th September 2009, 15:59 Quote
Oh ****, thank you 6th form for not having a .ac.uk address while the local college does.
lp1988 17th September 2009, 16:05 Quote
I hope they will do something like this in Denmark, havent got the money for a full retail price, but I think I could find 30 quid.
*Alex* 17th September 2009, 16:13 Quote
a few unis are signed up with the msdnaa which allows you to get w7 pro for free =)
SpeedLegion 17th September 2009, 16:15 Quote
This is pretty smart, for 30 quid who would bother using a pirate version?
And lets face it students are some of the worst down-loaders!
bumfluff 17th September 2009, 16:18 Quote
This will be great if my course doesn't give me MSDNAA.
[PUNK] crompers 17th September 2009, 16:18 Quote
good point speedlegion this will definately drop those downloads!

home premium is the version i want isnt it? will defo take advantage of this
Krikkit 17th September 2009, 16:20 Quote
I'm definitely going to be jumping on this.

Home Premium is pretty good, but Pro is slightly better. Have a look at the compare thingy to see which versions can do what.
[PUNK] crompers 17th September 2009, 16:23 Quote
so you can get premium on this deal? im confuddled :S
Krikkit 17th September 2009, 16:25 Quote
According to the offer site you'll be able to get Home Premium or Professional for £30. They might want to change the offer to make Pro more expensive, but either way it's a bargain.
[PUNK] crompers 17th September 2009, 16:26 Quote
ah yes i see now, ta krik
EvilRusk 17th September 2009, 16:29 Quote
That's a good deal. I got Vista Ultimate through the ultimate steal deal last year. I agree with speedlegion.

If it carries on getting any cheaper, MS will soon be paying us to take it off them!
iwog 17th September 2009, 16:31 Quote
hmmm, I'm still getting emails forwarded on from my uni address so I wonder if I can abuse this offer. If not I'm sure I can tap up a uni friend for their code.
wuyanxu 17th September 2009, 16:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by *Alex*
a few unis are signed up with the msdnaa which allows you to get w7 pro for free =)
indeed, already running it :P

shame it's not £30 for Ultimate, since they are already giving out Pro
Fod 17th September 2009, 16:37 Quote
wait, i'm a student, i got it free. ^^ those guys too. £30 is a ripoff!
wafflesomd 17th September 2009, 16:50 Quote
Basically every college in the states offers windows for free, or next to nothing.
smc8788 17th September 2009, 16:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fod
£30 is a ripoff!



You can't please some :p

This MSDNAA thing intrigues me, do you only get access to it if you are enrolled on certain courses?
Mr T 17th September 2009, 16:55 Quote
Other news sites suggest these are 'upgrade' copies only. I ordered my copy for tesco for £45 a few days ago.

Good to see MS with all these offers though. People are much much more likely to buy it that pirate it at these prices.
logan'srun 17th September 2009, 16:57 Quote
yeah, I hope they do something soon here in sweden too, I'm getting a little irked about reading about all the fantastic offers UK+US gets all the time.

Now if they offered Ultimate to you guys, then I would have to find me some 'friends' in the UK or US so I can get the in built language packs. . .
smc8788 17th September 2009, 16:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mr T
Other news sites suggest these are 'upgrade' copies only. I ordered my copy for tesco for £45 a few days ago.

Well the MS site linked in the article says you must already be running a legitimate copy of XP or Vista (who isn't?), but there won't be any upgrade versions in Europe so I'd think you'll just get the full version.
faugusztin 17th September 2009, 17:01 Quote
smc8788, that is not true since MS scrapped the Windows E and replaced it by ballot screen.
Veles 17th September 2009, 17:11 Quote
Hmmmm, might cancel my pre-order with tesco if it does turn out you can get pro for £30 through this.
smc8788 17th September 2009, 17:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by faugusztin
smc8788, that is not true since MS scrapped the Windows E and replaced it by ballot screen.

My mistake, I forgot about that (although they'll still have the 'N' version, which doesn't come with WMP).
mclean007 17th September 2009, 17:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mr T
Other news sites suggest these are 'upgrade' copies only. I ordered my copy for tesco for £45 a few days ago.

Good to see MS with all these offers though. People are much much more likely to buy it that pirate it at these prices.

That's an awesome price. Wish I had got on that - it is £150 now on Tesco! I have a £60 preorder from Amazon.
xalek 17th September 2009, 17:23 Quote
Luckly enough that my university gives us MS software and OS for free, currently running the Win7 RTM because of it. Classed as developers we students are.
liratheal 17th September 2009, 17:23 Quote
...sold.
Fod 17th September 2009, 17:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by smc8788


You can't please some :p

This MSDNAA thing intrigues me, do you only get access to it if you are enrolled on certain courses?

yeah your uni dept has to be enrolled to it. most IT/CS courses will have access to it. You get pretty much all MS software/OS packages, bar most of the useful Office apps. You get Visio and a couple others, but not the usual Word/Excel/Outlook stuff.
NickCPC 17th September 2009, 17:40 Quote
I'm holding out for www.theultimatesteal.co.uk - it was about £40 last year for Vista Ulti. If it's £30 for Pro i'll consider it, but <3 Bitlocker. And yeah MSDNAA is only for CompSci courses usually.
Akava 17th September 2009, 17:41 Quote
As i get 2 free copies from the MSDNAAAAAAA already im happy, but thats a nice price, might have to buy a couple just because its so cheap...
Zero_UK 17th September 2009, 17:52 Quote
Wow, Thank god Im at college ;D
samkiller42 17th September 2009, 17:52 Quote
No fair, i don't have a .ac.uk email anymore, ah well, looks like i wont be upgrading at all till about Christmas.
Is an awesome price though, possibly having a dig at Apple in a sorta 'haha, we can offer cheap too' sort of way?

Sam
smc8788 17th September 2009, 18:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fod
yeah your uni dept has to be enrolled to it. most IT/CS courses will have access to it. You get pretty much all MS software/OS packages, bar most of the useful Office apps. You get Visio and a couple others, but not the usual Word/Excel/Outlook stuff.

Ah, I see. I won't have access to it then as I'm not on an IT/CS course :(
damienVC 17th September 2009, 18:10 Quote
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That's an awesome price. Wish I had got on that - it is £150 now on Tesco! I have a £60 preorder from Amazon.

I can't believe it's 150 on Tesco - every little helps my a*se. I managed to get it for 45; it's still 65 on Amazon.

I've also got a *.ac.uk e-mail address, which is nice.
pimonserry 17th September 2009, 18:21 Quote
I will wait 'til October 1st, but if they have Pro for <£90, I'll cancel my preorder with PC World (:()
<A88> 17th September 2009, 18:23 Quote
Did this when Vista came out and got 2 copies for £50 each. Already pre-ordered 7 though and not worth the hassle of cancelling seeing as I'm not technically at uni anyway.
mp3manager 17th September 2009, 18:40 Quote
Damn, I'm doing a home study course from my local college but it doesn't give me an ac.uk email address. :^<
xalek 17th September 2009, 18:58 Quote
Not only for Computer sicneces, we're doing electronic engineering, but still same kinda field (vaguley)
Mankz 17th September 2009, 19:49 Quote
Damn my .org.uk....
Dreaming 17th September 2009, 19:52 Quote
Going to get one, not sure whether to cancel or keep me £50 preorder though.
[PUNK] crompers 17th September 2009, 19:56 Quote
do you have ac.uk email address? if you have then cancel it, £20 is not to be sniffed at
Javerh 17th September 2009, 20:15 Quote
No preorder sales, student prices or MSDNAA's around here. I'm going to have to order the one with a full €130 pricetag :'(
Pieface 17th September 2009, 20:57 Quote
Just started University! Aceeee. Will update my Distribution Client of Win7 ASAP.
TSR2 17th September 2009, 21:09 Quote
The MS page is odd, it gives the same price for Professional and HP. If that's true, who'll buy HP?
Krikkit 17th September 2009, 21:44 Quote
Pass. Either way it'll be good, although this sounds like it'll be an upgrade-only version?
NickCPC 17th September 2009, 23:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by TSR2
The MS page is odd, it gives the same price for Professional and HP. If that's true, who'll buy HP?

I guess the people who've been told to go on their by more tech-literate friends, but see Pro and think "arghhhhhhhhhhh" and choose the more friendly-sounding HP.
smc8788 17th September 2009, 23:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Pass. Either way it'll be good, although this sounds like it'll be an upgrade-only version?

Is that really a problem, though? Surely everyone has a copy of XP or Vista by now, don't they?

If the Pro version really is available for £30 then I'll definitely be buying it. If their next OS turns out to be a bit of a shocker like Vista was and I end up skipping it altogether, I'll probably end up needing the >16GB RAM support.
yodasarmpit 18th September 2009, 00:10 Quote
Damned beatniks getting all the good offers :(
Krikkit 18th September 2009, 00:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by smc8788
Is that really a problem, though? Surely everyone has a copy of XP or Vista by now, don't they?

I don't mind it now, but the next time I want to reinstall it will be a cockache. Although the key might be valid for a non-upgrade-only disc.
Fizzl 18th September 2009, 00:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by *Alex*
a few unis are signed up with the msdnaa which allows you to get w7 pro for free =)

Not only did my uni sign me up to MSDN AA but it still seems to work despite the fact that I graduated 4 months ago. :D
CowBlazed 18th September 2009, 01:42 Quote
Yea I noticed Windows 7 was up on MSDN AA just today, downloading X64 and X86 versions now. Not sure if I can trust 64 bit completly as my gaming machine though.
500mph 18th September 2009, 01:53 Quote
Its available for USA students here for $29.99
http://win741.com/
xprodancer 18th September 2009, 03:25 Quote
should have went to college! but on the other hand i want ultimate!!!!!! not home premium!!!!! have vista ultimate and it runs a bute! have no problems with speed or slow programs or anything she even boots in about 50 - 60 seconds!!!!! always perfect for me! had issues with the home premium ver!!!!! i will wait till i can get win7 ultimate!!!!!
500mph 18th September 2009, 05:06 Quote
If you went to the right college you could've been in the MSDNAA and wouldve gotten Ultimate free.
Jipa 18th September 2009, 08:01 Quote
I should definitely stop reading your news as each and every of those seem to come with the "UK ONLY"-hook at some point.
logan'srun 18th September 2009, 08:14 Quote
Yeah!!!!!! If you went to college!!!!!!!! Maybe you would have learned!!!!!! Excessive punctuation marks!!!!!!!!!!! is annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!1!!11!!1!!!!!
Pookeyhead 18th September 2009, 09:13 Quote
Me is college staff... me has .ac.uk address.... if that's all they check, I can grab myself another cheap copy to go with my free MSDN version.

I'm loving this :)
xprodancer 18th September 2009, 11:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by logan'srun
Yeah!!!!!! If you went to college!!!!!!!! Maybe you would have learned!!!!!! Excessive punctuation marks!!!!!!!!!!! is annoying!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1!1!!11!!1!!!!!

well i did but not to study boring english!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
computer college was the one for me thanks!
Krikkit 18th September 2009, 11:35 Quote
Chill out with that 1 key there, you wouldn't want it to wear out now would you?
wbdog206 18th September 2009, 16:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jipa
snip-Every of those seem to come with the "UK ONLY"-hook at some point.

I know bummer
wbdog206 18th September 2009, 16:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by 500mph
Its available for USA students here for $29.99
http://win741.com/

OOPS missed this .
xprodancer 19th September 2009, 02:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krikkit
Chill out with that 1 key there, you wouldn't want it to wear out now would you?

well i love it! its been abused!!!!!!! lol :P
[PUNK] crompers 6th October 2009, 09:54 Quote
just to let everyone know this offer is now available. I pre-ordered my copy of professional today, available for download on the 22nd
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