Overview Of The Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program
June 26, 2009 to January 31, 2010 – Only PCs pre-installed with a qualifying Vista edition starting with June 26, but no later than January 31, 2010, are eligible for a free Windows 7 upgrade through the Upgrade Option Program.This is a consumer-oriented program targeted at individual consumers and small businesses that have purchased a maximum of 25 eligible PCs during the OEM specified Program Eligibility Period. End users will have to meet these requirements to be deemed eligible for the upgrade to Windows 7 when it is released on or about October 22, 2009.
The Windows 7 Upgrade Program is designed to assist Microsoft’s OEM partners in minimizing the number of end users who may postpone acquiring a new computer because of the impending release of the Windows 7 operating system.
1) End users must purchase a new PC that is pre-installed with an eligible Windows Vista Operating System, during the program eligibility window.
2) The PC must have a valid Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached.
3) The following are the only valid upgrade paths under the program :
A. Windows Vista Home Premium -> Windows 7 Home Premium
B. Windows Vista Business -> Windows 7 Professional
C. Windows Vista Ultimate -> Windows 7 Ultimate
* Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Starter Edition, and Windows XP (all editions) are NOT qualifying products under the program.
The Program does not support multiple upgrades for medium, large, or enterprise customers. Large Businesses that want to upgrade multiple PCs should use the appropriate Microsoft Volume Licensing program.
Note that this is an optional program, so not all OEMs may choose to participate, or they may limit the time period when upgrades will be allowed. OEMs that choose to participate in this upgrade program will have the freedom to determine how to best provide qualifying end users with the upgrade.