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Ed Bott Scores Again with money-saving Win7 suggestions

Everybody who reads this blog is probably on the clock for an IT job of some kind. But let’s face it: that means you’re probably handling systems off the clock as well, for family and friends. Everybody can benefit from money-saving tips for software, and Ed Bott has put together a real nonpareil of a blog for Windows 7 savings entitled “Seven perfectly legal ways to get Windows 7 cheap (or free).”

This blog makes passing mention of the promotions that let buyers of PCs with Vista installed qualify for free Windows 7 upgrades (as long as they purchased on or after July 1, 2009, that is). It concentrates the savings deals available in the form of upgrade offers, student/teacher discounts, and via subscriptions designed for technical professionals and developers.

Of these the best deals include:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack: covers up to 3 PCs for $150 or less. Killer deal. Here’s one still available at Staples ($150).
  • Buy a new PC, upgrade the old one for half off (at this rate Home Premium goes for about $50, Professional for about $100, and Ultimate for $120). Ask your retailer, and use this MS Web page if you must.
  • Students who can prove enrollment at an accredited institution qualify for a single copy of Win 7 Home Premium or Professional for a mere $30. Unbeatable. Apply at this Windows 7 Web page to see if you qualify.

Check out Ed’s blog to get all the details, and links to the deals.

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