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A client heard something on the news about a free upgrade to Windows 7 if you have XP. Is this true? I cannot find it anywhere on the net. (Sounds too good to be true).
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Question by:DrDamnit
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by:motnahp00
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Sounds like a tease to me.
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by:KCTS
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No. The words FREE and MICROSOFT almost never occur in the same sentence
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by:BlueYonder
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I do not believe this is correct.  There may have been a free upgrade from Windows XP to Vista when Vista was supposed to be released, but not for windows 7 right now.
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by:doublestick
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I had not heard of this lately, but back when Win7 came out, it was known that if a system was purchased between june/2009 to jan/2010, the maufacturer of the system would upgrade to Win7 because it arguably should have come with it. Have not heard anything other than that except for beta testers...which of course is long gone.  Maybe find out what news your user saw and check their site for the story.

If you find something good, let us know!
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by:Aeriden
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There have been no such news in the tech industry (that would be big news were it to occur) to this point.  There are free downgrade rights (from Windows 7 to XP) options.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
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Myth!

What is/was available:

Free downgrade from Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate to XP (Not the same thing as a separate operating system you have to elect to use one or the other you can't have both)

(See: http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/licensing/sblicensing/pages/downgrade_rights.aspx)

And for the 6 months after announcing a release date for Windows 7 free* upgrades to Windows 7 for all machines supplied by OEMs - but that would only have been from the supplied Vista.

*(Free meant end user paid the admin cost for the OEM to ship a Win7 DVD and CoA)

But of course if they can get us free Windows 7 I'm sure we'd all like (at least) one each :)
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by:Lee W, MVP
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> No. The words FREE and MICROSOFT almost never occur in the same sentence
Except with Internet Explorer.  Except with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.  Except with Microsoft Security Essentials.  Except with ... well I'll stop there.

As for statements like this, I usually tell the person, can you show me where you heard that?  Odds are they misunderstood something.  

You can tell them they can get a free upgrade to the Windows 8 beta... but it will expire eventually.
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by:Run5k
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"> No. The words FREE and MICROSOFT almost never occur in the same sentence
Except with Internet Explorer.  Except with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.  Except with Microsoft Security Essentials.  Except with ... well I'll stop there"
~ Leew

You beat me to it, Leew!
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by:rdiorio25
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Since there is no upgrade path available from xp to win7 I doubt they would ever offer a free upgrade. The only option for moving to win7 would be to follow the upgrade path for vista (with license purchase) then upgrade to win7 (with license purchase).

Microsoft provides a vast library of free tools/software, however, entire operating systems are not included.
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A client heard something on the news about a free upgrade to Windows 7 if you have XP. Is this true? I cannot find it anywhere on the net. (Sounds too good to be true).

HP Offers Customers Free Upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7 Note the DATE of the item and the conditions required ...
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by:Aeriden
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ve3ofa: the free upgrade from HP was back in 2009 as a way to keep HP sales going prior to the release of Windows 7 (so people would keep buying machines with Windows Vista on them).  Specifically, the Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program was available until January 31st, 2010.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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I know that that is why I also stated "Note the DATE of the item and the conditions required..."
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by:DrDamnit
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Thanks guys. I figured it wasn't right... but it never hurts to ask.
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