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windows 7 downloadThese days, it seems like everyone and their grandmother is switching to Windows 7. And so it’s almost certain that the successor of Windows Vista will finally replace Windows XP. Have you thought about switching or upgrading yet?

Maybe you missed obtaining your free upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 at the end of February?  Or perhaps you’re still on Windows XP and would like to upgrade on a budget?  If you’re a student or working in academia, you may even qualify for a free Windows 7 download.

Either way, there are cheap and legal alternatives to buying directly from Microsoft.

1. Microsoft.com: Upgrade From XP Or Vista To Windows 7

If you’re running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you can purchase the Windows 7 Upgrade, which is slightly cheaper than the full version. Make sure the right country is selected at the top right.

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Unfortunately, you still need to perform a clean installation in case you’re “upgrading” from Windows XP. Varun has written an article on How To Upgrade From XP To Windows 7 In 4 Easy Steps How To Upgrade From XP To Windows 7 In 4 Easy Steps How To Upgrade From XP To Windows 7 In 4 Easy Steps Read More .

2. The Ultimate Steal: Get A Student Discount

If you’re a student, you will most likely be able to purchase a discounted version of many Microsoft products, including Windows 7. Be sure to select your location from the top right country/region selector.

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You can check whether you’re eligible on this website. Just enter your university or school email address.

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3. MSDN Academic Alliance: Get A Free Copy Of Windows 7

Those of you studying at university or working in academia may be able to obtain a free copy of Windows 7, besides countless other Microsoft products. Many schools have teamed up with MSDN AA and can provide the software to their employees and students free of charge.

The above URL will take you to a form through which you can check whether your school is enrolled in the programme.

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In case your school is part of the MSDN AA programme, the form will also show you where and how to receive the software.

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So you’re neither a student, nor do you presently run Windows XP or Vista. Don’t despair! There are many more resources for discounted copies of Windows 7. Just use Google and common sense or check out two more options below.

4. NexTag: Search For Best Offer

No matter what you’re going to shop for online, you should make use of price search engines to find the best offer available. NexTag is just one of many.

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For more resources on how to shop online and find the best price, check out the MakeUseOf Shopping Guide (PDF manual).

5. Google Product Search

Another great resource for finding the best deals is the Google search engine itself.

Try Google’s Product Search. As you type in which version of Windows you’re looking for, watch for the search term suggestions Google makes. These terms will most likely return many relevant results. Once you found your product, click “compare prices” to see all the sources and their respective offers.

Note: We previously recommended another shop in position 5, which turned out to be a very unreliable merchant. I deeply apologize in case you followed my recommendation and had a negative experience with this online dealer.

Not sure whether your computer is fit for Windows 7 in the first place? Check out my article on Upgrade To Windows 7: Requirements & Installation Tips Upgrade To Windows 7: Requirements & Installation Tips Upgrade To Windows 7: Requirements & Installation Tips Read More . And before you start running into issues, check out Karl’s article on Three Windows 7 Upgrade Issues & How To Avoid Them Three Windows 7 Upgrade Issues & How To Avoid Them Three Windows 7 Upgrade Issues & How To Avoid Them Read More .

What do you think about Windows 7 so far? Is it worth it to upgrade?

  1. Thomas Oppong
    July 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I hope you are not getting tired of win7 already. Anyway microsoft saw it coming. win 8 is on its way . check out some of the features here: http://boostta.com/2010/06/30/a-sneak-peek-at-windows-8-features/

  2. Sam
    May 17, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I don't understand why this article hasn't been updated to remove the Shoparhive suggestion!? I can find no positive information about them online.

  3. kylekeywest
    May 7, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    I'd like to point out that you can't upgrade from XP to 7, only a clean install.
    OEM disks of 7 home premium (not an upgrade, full version) are under $100.

    • Tina
      May 8, 2010 at 2:59 am

      Yes, unfortunately that's true. But you can still purchase the "upgrade" version of Windows 7.

  4. Scott_T
    May 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Dont forget ms technet, upfront its more expensive but you get a whole lot of software for $250

  5. Eldarin
    May 7, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Web Of Trust lists ShopArchive.Com as unsatisfactory, and rates them very poor in vendor reliabilty. As such I would be careful in choosing that an a legitimate way to buy Windows.

    http://www.mywot.com/en/scorec...

  6. Eldarin
    May 7, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Web Of Trust lists ShopArchive.Com as unsatisfactory, and rates them very poor in vendor reliabilty. As such I would be careful in choosing that an a legitimate way to buy Windows.

    http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/shoparhive.com

    • Aibek
      May 7, 2010 at 10:46 am

      I wouldn't rely on WOT all the time as experience showed to me that
      sometimes the negative comments/ratings are left by competitors.

    • Tina
      May 7, 2010 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you for the heads up Eldarin!
      I have to agree with Aibek. Since there are no negative comments, just a medium rating, it's difficult to say what the rating actually means.

      • Dean
        May 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm

        I feel so stupid, I got carried away and excited and ordered Windows 7 upgrade immediately from this site. Then of course received no download link, found the link to product keys just linked back the downloads link, and after googling I found negative comments. Argh. I just hope paypal can sort a refund. Lesson learned, if it seems too good to be true...

        • Tina
          May 9, 2010 at 12:50 am

          Dean,
          it appears that it can take up to 24 hours until the download link and Windows key are delivered by ShopArhive. At least that is the type of negative feedback I found about the site. So give it some patience and I hope everything will work out for you.

        • Dean
          May 14, 2010 at 11:56 am

          Hi,
          Thanks for the message.
          I was never provided with a link to any software, or any product key (which, as mentioned, their 'product keys' link just pointed back to the software download page).
          PayPal immediately refunded the money which I was very pleased about - their normal dispute procedure is 'wait 20 days' so I can only assume it's not their first issue with this company.

  7. Alex
    May 7, 2010 at 6:32 am

    I know of a guy with a cracked version of Win7. Not that anyone would want that, seeing how it's illegal and completely free.
    But yes, I do like 7 way better than XP or Vista. Definitley worth it.

  8. Anonymous
    May 7, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Pretty cheap windows 7 upgrade disks for uk students here:
    http://www.software4students.co.uk/
    Along with other discounts.

    And you can still get MS Office from microsoft
    http://www.microsoft.com/uk/education/studentoffer/

    I got my windows 7 pro from microsoft when they still had the offer.

    • Tina
      May 7, 2010 at 4:45 pm

      Thank you for sharing! This is valuable information for students from the UK.

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