Microsoft’s Windows 7 is available for pre-order at various retailers who offer instant savings for early orders of the upcoming operating system.
Windows 7, scheduled for release on October 22, is available for pre-order in three editions: Home Premium ($120 $50), Professional ($200 $100), and Ultimate ($220). The discounts are valid while supplies last. The prices are for Upgrade versions, aimed at users that already own a computer with Windows Vista OS. “Full” Home Premium, Pro, and Ultimate are priced at $200, $300, and $320.
According to reports, there’s also a free Windows-Vista-to-Windows-7 upgrade plan.
“Say you buy a computer with Vista Home Premium this weekend; you get a Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade on October 22, free. If you buy Vista Business, you’ll get Win 7 Professional, and if you buy Vista Ultimate, you’ll get Win 7 Ultimate” Gizmodo says adding that there’s no upgrade path for Vista Home Basic.
Both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 versions will ship in the same box.