Windows 7 Half-Price Sale Starts Today

If you’re thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 when it comes out, now might be a good time to preorder. Today, Microsoft said customers who pre-order a copy of Windows 7 will receive more than 50% off the retail price for a limited time. Here’s a look at how the discounts break down:

Full Version

Upgrade from Vista or XP

Discounted Upgrade Price

Windows 7 Home Premium




Windows 7 Professional




Windows 7 Ultimate



To take advantage of the offer, customers can preorder at various retailers such as Best Buy and NewEgg as well as through Microsoft's online store.

The discounted pricing applies to customers in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. The offer ends July 11 in the U.S. and Canada and on July 5th for Japan or while supplies last. Microsoft plans to offer a similar program in the UK, France, and Germany from July 15 through August 14.

According to Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc, the discounts are meant to say thank you to loyal Windows customers. While that may be true, Microsoft’s aggressive pricing for Windows 7 seems to indicate that the company is anxious to reenergize Windows sales.

To further boost sales, Microsoft recently introduced an upgrade program that will allow users who purchase a Vista-powered PC to migrate to Windows 7 at little or no cost when the new OS becomes available on October 22. For more information on the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program, visit