[ubuntu-uk] Where Ubuntu falls short

Rob Beard rob at esdelle.co.uk
Fri Jul 17 08:26:34 BST 2009

William Anderson wrote:
> Steve wrote:
>> [snip]
>> Just wait. October will be even more fun as people try to upgrade from  
>> vista to 7.  I've already told a few it's going to cost them more than the  
>> usual couple of pints to sort the mess out.
> From what I've heard, upgrading from Vista to 7 RC is pretty straight
> forward ...
> -n
But Windows 7 RC isn't a retail release. In Europe Windows 7 E won't 
have an upgrade option... - http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=3174

To quote the blog...

"As my blogging colleague Ed Bott notes, it’s a case of good news and 
bad news for users in Europe <http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1096>. The 
good: European customers will be able to buy a full retail version of 
Windows 7 E at the same price as the usually cheaper upgrade version, at 
least for the rest of this year. (*The fine print: “Upgrade price 
available for full editions of retail packaged product until at least 
Dec. 31, 2009.”*) The bad: There will be no upgrade version for Windows 
7 E users, and they will have to do a clean install in order to put 
Windows 7 E on their systems.

The reasoning for no Windows 7 E upgrade seems to be that there isn’t an 
equivalent version of Vista — with Internet Explorer removed — from 
which European users could/should upgrade."

So it's good that you're getting a retail version at upgrade prices 
(which means you'll hopefully be able to transfer the license from one 
machine to another) but you'll have to do a clean install.

That's not to say that someone might work out how to do an upgrade, or 
release a utility to make reinstalling easier.


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