Don’t Buy Computer With Vista Home Basic – Vista Home Premium Is Minimum Requirement to Get Free Upgrade to Windows 7
I keep seeing computer ads for PCs or Laptops that have Microsoft Vista Home Basic installed. DO NOT BUY A COMPUTER WITH VISTA HOME BASIC unless you want to pay for your upgrade to Windows 7.
Microsoft has said that it will offer free OS upgrades to Windows 7, but only for Vista Home Premium and above. That means that you are really paying an extra $150 to $250 for that computer with Vista Home Basic on it. Unless, of course, you love Windows Vista and plan on keeping it on your computer instead of upgrading to Windows 7.
Oh yeah, and you have to buy your computer between certain dates to qualify. As of the latest information, you have to purchase your computer AFTER mid-June to get the free upgrade. It’s already late May, so just hold out another month before buying that new laptop or computer and then make sure it has Vista Home Premium or higher installed on it. Otherwise, you are just wasting money.
The only Windows Vista® versions eligible for the program are :
- Windows Vista® Home Premium
- Windows Vista® Business
- Windows Vista® Ultimate
* Microsoft Windows Vista® Home Basic, Windows Vista® Starter Edition, and Windows® XP (all editions) are not qualifying products under the program.
Also, note that the company you buy your computer from, called the OEM in the industry, has the option of participating or not in the program and also has the option of using shorter dates. Expect the full service computer manufacturers (brand name companies) to step up. Those “off-brand” vendors are going to be more of a gamble.
This info is all over the Internet, but everyone is getting it from the same place, Tech ARP.