Windows 7 Upgrade Program shifts to June 26, 2009


TechARP has come up with a new revised schedule of Microsoft’s Windows7 Upgrade Program. The Upgrade Program shifts to an early date from June 28, 2009 to June 26, 2009 now.

According to the new schedule, end users who purchase PCs pre-installed with Vista between the dates June 26, 2009 to January 31, 2010 are eligible for a free Windows 7 upgrade. According to TechARP, this slight adjustment was done at the request of many OEMs to allow for better sales over the first weekend of the Program.

It is not possible for Windows XP users to upgrade to Windows 7 unlike Windows Vista users. Windows XP users, if they prefer to upgrade to Windows 7 have to do a clean install using the Windows 7 Upgrade media. It is also important to note the upgrade path for Windows Vista users:


  • Windows Vista Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate

In another related news, a Gartner analysis recommends IT departments to depart from the usual SP1 milestone when deciding when to deploy Windows 7 because

  • Microsoft has changed how it develops its software products. Bugs are tested early because Microsoft uses a Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) procedure, something not done with Windows XP and other earlier Microsoft operating systems
  • Microsoft has “5 times as many” Windows 7 beta testers compared with those who tested the Windows 95 beta, and also automated tools to get user feedback which wasn’t the case with Windows 95


by Chakkaradeep Chandran


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