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Microsoft Store, Amazon, BestBuy and other partner stores are now accepting pre-orders on Windows 7 with a special discount offer for a limited time in United States, Canada and Japan. Residents of the UK, France and Germany will be offered a discount starting on July 15.

The special discounted prices for the preorders that starts today is available on two SKUs of Windows 7:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium $49.99
  • Windows 7 Professional $99.99

The retail prices for the full version of Windows 7 at launch will be as follows:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium $199.99
  • Windows 7 Professional $299.99
  • Windows 7 Ultimate $319.99

and for those upgrading from previous Windows version:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium $119.99
  • Windows 7 Professional $199.99
  • Windows 7 Ultimate $219.99

Check out this complete chart for a feature by feature comparison between different Windows SKUs:

The deal lasts until July 11 in the US and Canada, and until July 5 in Japan (while supplies last).

Windows 7 is a solid improvement over Vista and is a must-have upgrade for all PC users. I’m surely going to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate on the eve of launch, What about you?

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