Around this time of year, many people start thinking about purchasing a new PC. A new PC makes a great investment with that tax refund check you might have received and with the end of the school year coming; parents often look at sending their kids away to college with a new PC in the fall. After looking at PCs, you find the perfect one. The next step is to make sure the edition of Windows 7 on it is right for you. If you use your PC for everyday things and want the best entertainment experience, you’ll want Windows 7 Home Premium. If you work with your PC, you’ll want Windows 7 Professional, which has all the functionality of Windows 7 Home Premium, but is designed to make working from anywhere easier. If the PC you want doesn’t come pre-installed with the edition of Windows that meets your needs– that’s no problem because we’ve made it really easy to upgrade to the one that is using Windows Anytime Upgrade.
You might recall a blog post I published a few weeks ago about the HP Slimline PC I purchased from Best Buy. It came with Windows 7 Home Premium. But because I wanted to use this PC for work, I needed to be able to join it to a domain. I purchased a copy of Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional. By upgrading, I was able to join to a domain – among the other enhancements available with the Windows 7 Professional such as Windows XP Mode.
Another good example of how easy it is to upgrade your edition of Windows 7 is with netbooks. Many netbooks come with Windows 7 Starter. Customers can quickly upgrade from Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium using Windows Anytime Upgrade and do things like personalize their PCs with all the new Windows 7 themes, create a desktop background slideshow of their own photos, switch between open programs more easily with Taskbar Previews, and enjoy Remote Media Streaming.
Many of our retailer partners are taking advantage of Windows Anytime Upgrade with a brand new offer that will start next week. Beginning April 4th at participating retailers, people who buy a new PC will have an opportunity to add Windows Anytime Upgrade to their purchase at a special low price. In the U.S.:
This offer will be available at participating retailers and for a limited time only, (in the U.S. this offer will end July 3rd). Details vary by retailer and geography – so check with your local retailers to see which PCs they are offering. Participating retailers also choose which Windows Anytime Upgrade path to offer. Some may offer Windows Anytime Upgrade for going from Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium, while others may offer Windows Anytime Upgrade for going from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional, or they may offer both.
So just how easy is it to use Windows Anytime Upgrade to move from one edition of Windows 7 to another? It’s very easy! Check out this post on the step-by-step process of using Windows Anytime Upgrade to move from a lower edition of Windows 7 to a higher edition of Windows 7.
When you’re out looking for a PC, be on the lookout for this offer on new PCs to ensure you’re running the right edition of Windows 7 for you!
How about all of us netbook owners that purchased since 1/1/10 with starter? Why do we have to pay full price? Should be $49.00 for ANYONE using a netbook with starter to upgrade. I'm a former mac/ox10 owner who switched and for the most part am happy with windows7, but didn't expect this kind of marketing B.S. Say its not so Microsoft!
I am HIGHLY unsatisfied with Windows 7 as a software developer of linux and Windows. Refer to my posts on page 3 and 4 of windowsteamblog.com/.../windows-7-more-than-90-million-copies-sold.aspx
Pranked big time by Google and Starbucks
By: Blair Chavis/Triblocal.com staff reporter
04/05/10 12:51 AM 32 hits
Question for Windows 7 team at end of this column. I truly would like to know if the individuals in your current ad campaign sent in ideas that you used in reworking Windows 7! Thank you for indulging my curiosity!
Linda M. Bendorf
—By Arlington Heights resident Linda M. Bendorf
Local scams abound. Infected email. Bogus contests. Diversional burglaries. I never fall for them. As a self-proclaimed consumer watchdog, I try to sniff out fraud. In Italy, they would call me, “il uno prudente.” In Germany, “Das vorsichtige!” The wary one. Thankfully we have back up from the Federal Trade Commission…because on April Fools’ Day, Google’s logo change and Vowel Outage pranked me big time.
We turned on the computer to email our daughters. When the screen lit up, we expected the Google logo in rainbow colors; instead the search bar read TOPEKA. “What in the heck?!” my husband said. Then at 6:49 a.m., on April 1, Google Engineering Director Sam Schillace posted an announcement in their official Gmail blog:
“If you logged into Gmail over the last hour (or visited the Gmail homepage), you probably noticed that something looked a bit off: all the vowels are missing. We realize this makes things difficult for all of you who rely on Gmail…and we’re incredibly sorry…we want to let you all know… what we're doing about it.”
Two top Google searches: "Is Google really changing its name?" and "Why does Google say Topeka?"
If Google could change its logo to “Topeka” overnight and suffer a vowel outage on the same day, I’ve a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore!” I felt unsettled. I had spent the afternoon editing a book with a chapter of future scenarios: some predicted worldwide peace; others predicted instability. To me, this Google glitch was a precursor to widespread pandemonium.
I learned the truth at bedtime. “Did you hear about Google’s technical problem?” I asked Carl. “If someone has the capacity to eliminate all vowels in every online website, imagine the chaos.” He mumbled from a half sleep.
“That was a joke,” he said. “Each year corporations come out with pranks on April Fools’!”
“Today is April Fools’?”I asked. I felt relieved yet incredibly naïve. I needed to shift the focus. It was time for good news, so I told him that Starbuck announced two new drink sizes for fall: Plenta™ (128 fl oz) and Micra™ (2 fl oz). “I’m excited about the little one,” I said.
“That was a joke, too,” he said. “Didn’t you see the picture with the midget drinking the 128 fluid ounce Plenta from a straw? He was standing next to someone seven feet tall!”
In spite of our amazing eye-brain function, we see what we want to see. And for a short person, this scene was the story of my life. “What midget? I asked.
The incident reminded me of when my friend Becky picked up her first copy of The Onion (the spoof news publication that calls itself America’s Finest News Source) in a coffee shop in Minneapolis three years ago, and read something like, Redcoat Holdouts are still Fighting the American Revolution, and Swiss Threaten Worldwide Ricola Embargo Tuesday.“Oh, no!” Becky cried. “Not Ricola! We use it all the time.”
“Becky,” I said. “That paper’s a joke.” Because she is a scientist, it took fifteen minutes of coaxing to convince her. Falling for the spoof upset her most. On the way out the door, she asked one last time, “Are you sure The Onion’s satire? It looks so real.”
With Starbucks, here’s what I saw: Something special for short people. Something with less caffeine. As for “Hugh Mungis, VP of Volume,” I thought Starbucks was having fun as they rolled out their new beverages. The photo of the 128 ounce coffee cup being reused as a perennial planter? Repurposing for the planet.
Even when the joke is transparent, we see things as we are, not always as they happen. One day Starbucks will initiate the change I want to see in their world. You say, “Dream on, Dorothy,” but I will not abandon my position. Then maybe I’ll be in a consumer-as-product development ad, just like all those people who send great ideas to Microsoft Windows 7.
They are real people. Aren’t they?
—Bendorf directs Blue Sage Writing (www.bluesagewriting.com) and is on faculty with the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival.
I thought I'd share my happiness at a temporary Windows 7 discount coupled with my disgust over the fact the rest of the world does not seem to exist for this blog, or at least this particular blog post, among other things.
Thus, for your reading enjoyment, see the article linked to below, or if this comment system (which is taking my keystokes very slowly - don't you want my comment?) doesn't do live linking, please copy and paste to your browser.
Have "wannabe" Windows 7 Ultimate owners been forgotten?
Why don't you just post the names of the retailers participating?
Anytime Upgrade in Windows 7 is what it should have been in Vista. Such a huge technical and general difference in the whole process and time required. Unfortunately, Vista customers never got this convenience.