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Giving is always better than receiving, and today I’m happy to announce the extension of our student discount on Windows 7 Professional to 11 additional countries – Spain, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, New Zealand and Taiwan (see availability dates and links to buy below).
The Windows 7 Student Offer gives college and university students the opportunity to purchase an upgrade edition of Windows 7 Professional for a significant discount. Students can choose to download either 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7, but make sure you check which version is supported on your PC before downloading.
For students, Windows 7 Professional offers a few handy advantages over previous versions of Windows, including automatic backup (and restore) of your work, the ability to set preferred printers on each network you join (useful if you work form multiple locations around campus), the ability to join domains (a great tool for internships and work) and Windows XP Mode, which lets you still use applications that only run on Windows XP. It’s also the version you’re likely to encounter after you leave university and join the workforce.
Students qualify for this offer if they have a valid e-mail address through a qualifying education institution and a PC that is currently running a genuine copy of Windows XP or Windows Vista. You can see if your PC is capable of running Windows 7 by running the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
If you’re ready to buy, the links below will take you to your country-specific site to buy. But don’t wait – this offer is only available for a limited time (varies by country).
Spain (available Nov. 2)
Italy (available now)
Ireland (available Nov. 11)
Portugal (available Nov. 2)
Sweden (available Nov. 4)
Norway (available Nov. 11)
Finland (available Nov. 11)
Denmark (available Nov. 4)
Belgium – Flemish & French (available now)
New Zealand (available now)
Taiwan (available now)
Question, why can't students have access to both architectures (32 and 64 bit)? I participate on the Microsoft Answers forum and what I have noticed is, students who initially opt for the 32 bit architecture might later want to move to the 64 bit version but find it a bit difficult to obtain. Considering that the retail upgrade package includes both 32 and 64 bit for Windows 7 Professional, you should make it easily accessible, host the .ISO file on Windows Azure.
@adacosta - not sure I understand your question. Both 32- and 64-bit are available for download.
Where is INDIA in the list, How long MS encourages pirated windows in INDIA? MS is making india the hub for pirated copies after china without promotions.It is shame that MS is having development office in INDIA and no promotions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Poor marketing strategies!!!!!!.
We want it in Brazil too! Windows Professional it's super expensive here, we can't buy it without a discount.
Am I presuming or is Canada not on Microsoft's list. Maybe you already offered the Canadians the download possibility and I missed it??
Canada had the opportunity to do this along with the US when Windows 7 was first released... (Thats how I upgraded with an awesome student price of $29.99 USD).
"Students can choose to download either 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7"
You said either or, not either or both if they wish. What I have noticed is, persons report, they download 32 bit and then 3 months later, they want 64 bit and don't know how to get it. What should they do, log back into the site and choose to download it? Because I remember when the Digital River promotion was going on, students only had 1 choice, that was either 32 or 64 bit.
How come the links above take you to the Office 2010 Academic regional sites on Digital River?
I actually mailed my local Digital River and they had no idea what I was talking about.
They never heard of any offers for Windows 7 Pro and wondered why someone linked any offers to the Digital River Office site. Other than that they declined to answer any questions since they don't answer ANY questions about Windows.
Glad to hear this offer is Finally in New Zealand.
If i choose the 32bit upgrade option can i download media for 32bit and 64 bit so if i find my computer can run 64 bit i can install that instead (i.e. will i be able to get both ISOs and will i ahve a valid Key for both versions)
FYI i am only going to be installing one copy at a time so not beaking the terms of the deal.
I call shenanigans on this because all the links to this "special offer" goes to Digital River's Microsoft Office 2010 promotion site. No Win7 offers there.
When calling Microsoft support they deny any time-limited offers, definitely any starting now, and told me the only ones available are the usual discounts for students (and Dreamspark).
What Digital River wrote you can see in my previous post.
Perhaps Mr Brown could elaborate on this?
So students are only allowed one computer? The Office license can be used on two computers, but the Windows license not. So you would think that you could buy two windows licenses. But no, only one. That makes no sense. You need to recognize that some students may have two computers (i.e. a dekstop and a laptop or a netbook and a latop). You should support such configurations.