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Business Hacks Poll: Will You Pre-Order Windows 7?

What price Windows 7? That's been the question for the last few months, and Microsoft has finally dished out some answers.

For starters, if you buy a PC starting tomorrow, June 26, you're eligible for a free upgrade (assuming the vendor is participating in the program -- check first).

If you end up buying Windows 7 off the shelf, here's what you'll pay:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium: $119.99 for the upgrade; $199.99 for the full version
  • Windows 7 Professional: $199.99 for the upgrade; $299.99 for the full version
  • Windows 7 Ultimate: $219.99 for the upgrade; $319.99 for the full version
In case you're wondering, those prices are lower than Vista's -- in some cases quite a bit lower. (The full version of Windows 7 Home Premium, for instance, is $40 less than Vista Home Premium.)

But the real news is that, starting tomorrow, you'll be able to pre-order Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional (the upgrade versions) for $49.99 and $99.99, respectively.

To me those seem like pretty sweet offers, though I'll admit I'm on the fence. If Microsoft was offering Home Premium for $29.99, I'd order it without a second thought. Fifty bucks is reasonable, but I'm pretty satisfied with Vista. (Yeah, I said it.)

What do you think? Will you take advantage of this rare opportunity to score the new Windows on the cheap? (Note that Microsoft says this is a limited-time deal with a limited number of available licenses, so if you do want in, don't wait.) Vote in our poll!