According to a recent blog post from Microsoft’s
Brandon LeBlanc, Windows 7 will include a tool that will allow users to upgrade from a basic version of the OS to one of the more feature-rich versions at that touch of a button. Even though most people buy the edition of Windows that best meets their needs when they purchase a computer, those needs may change over time.
To help meet the changing needs of users, Microsoft is offering a program called Windows Anytime Upgrade. This program will make it easy and convenient for customers to upgrade to a higher edition of Windows 7
. Windows Anytime Upgrade will allow users to launch a screen from within Windows 7 and purchase a product key for a pricier version of the software. They will also be able to enter a product key for an upgrade that was purchased at a retail store. After purchasing or entering a product key, buyers can upgrade to their chosen version of Windows 7 with just a few clicks.
Customers will be able to upgrade from Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium for $79.99. Users who want to move from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional will pay $89.99. Finally, Windows 7 Home Premium users can upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate for $139.99.
The upgrade packages will be available at retail stores after Windows 7 is released to market on October 22nd. The online upgrade option from within Windows 7 will be available to users in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, and the US.
In addition to Windows Anytime Upgrade, Microsoft will also offer the Windows 7 Family Pack which will allow for Windows 7 Home Premium to be installed on up to 3 PCs. By running run Windows 7 on more than one PC on a home network, Microsoft points out that you’ll be able to take advantage of features like HomeGroup. HomeGroup lets you connect PCs and share files. The Windows 7 Family Pack will be available for $149.99 starting on October 22nd until supplies last. The Family Pack provides a savings of more than $200 for three licenses.