You can buy Windows 7 at a substantially reduced price until July 11th. The Home Premium flavor of the OS will sell for $119 after the pre-sale but you can order it now for $49.99.
Some important points to keep in mind:
- This is the price for an UPGRADE version of the OS. If you have any edition of Windows XP or Windows Vista currently installed, you are eligible and licensed to upgrade from that OS to Windows 7.
- Windows Vista users will be able to simply pop in the disc and run the upgrade. However, those of us who opted to stay with Windows XP will be LICENSED to upgrade but THERE WILL NOT BE AN AUTOMATIC UPGRADE to Windows 7. The software will allow you to wipe your hard drive and perform a full, clean installation. Be sure you have a backup stategy in place so that you can restore your data after the process is complete.
We liked Windows 7 when we tested the beta and release candidate, and we're looking forward to seeing the production build.